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16 October 2014
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If you surf then getting dings/cracks etc in your board is inevitable.

If you end up really beasting your board, then we would advise that you take it to a proper surf shop to get it fixed. If, however, you pick up a wee ding like the one in this feature, then there's no reason why you shouldn't fix it yourself. So without further ado, here's how to fix a ding on a surfboard.

The Ding:

It's only little, but a bash like this will let water into the board and make the foam go all spongy.
 
Materials:
All the materials for fixing a ding can be bought as a kit. Small, instant kits are alright for travelling, but if you're doing it at home, or if you have a van, get a proper surf kit with specific surfboard resin and fibreglass matting.
Tools
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Tools:
- Various grades of sandpaper/wet and dry, ranging from quite a rough grade, down to about a 180, for finishing off.
- A few pieces of pre-cut wood are also useful to wrap the sandpaper around.
- An ice-lolly stick (or similar) for mixing and applying the resin
- A razorblade
- A toothpick/cocktail stick

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