This is the only comprehensive fiberglass surfboard ding repair book available on the market. Twenty-five years of practical experience has been recorded on sixty plus easily readable pages, with over thirty drawings and photographs. Extensive time was spent in writing and editing the material so it is orderly, understandable, and includes new products and information. The late Gary Taylor, ?The Surfwriter?, wrote the Forward to the Fiberglass Ding Repair book.qDings are as inevitable a part of a surfer?s existence as death and taxes, although some surfers have become infamous in their elusion of the latter. For those who are not up on the vernacular, 'dings' encompass the wide range of maladies that occur when fiberglass-encased foam (a surfboard) collides with any number of inanimate objects---rocks, sand, asphalt, stairway railings, surf racks, other surfboards, and not-so-inanimate objects like body parts. Luckily for us do-it-yourselfers, there is a book available that makes the tedious art of ding repair easy, and perhaps even enjoyable. Written by longtime North County surfer Franklin Pierce, it is called Fiberglass Ding Repair (what were you expecting?). Franklin details in words, photos and drawings exactly how to deal with virtually every malady that will befall a surfboard, from simple deck dings to broken boards. Nine chapters cover every aspect of ding repair, from the philosophy of surfboard value to materials, safety, flat and rail area repairs, stress cracks and fin repair, and more. Franklin is no stranger to surfing or dings. His father and mother were both accomplished surfers in Southern California during the sport?s formative stages in the 1940?s. A photo of his mother surfing tandem was recreated by Gary Prettyman and purchased by the Chart House restaurant chain. He became one of the most in-demand ding repairmen in Orange County, fixing boards through Windansea Surfboards, Newport Surf and Sport, Hanafin, and other shops. Eventually devoting more of his energies on building new boards, but concerned with preserving his unique methods of ding repair, Franklin began documenting those methods on paper.'It was a lot of work, and a lot of re-work, ' says Franklin, a soft-spoken man with blue eyes as clear and light as a Polynesian lagoon. To keep the book?s contents easily palatable for the layman, Franklin utilized inspiration drawn from a series of successful and entertaining Volkswagen repair books published in the 70?s.Franklin has put forth perhaps the best analogy I?ve ever heard applied to a conventional surfboard?s construction: a sponge inside an eggshell. Holes and cracks in the eggshell let the water in, but there?s no way to 'wring out' the sponge inside.Besides writing the book, Franklin taught a class in surfboard ding repair at Mira Costa College for a few semesters. The only prerequisite for students: bring your surfboards! The class was held in the auto body shop.Franklin?s book will not repair dings for you, but it will provide the information required to keep your $400 stick from becoming a $100 'has-been, ' without 'shelling out an arm and a leg.' And it?s fun to read, too!q For anyone interested in knowledge of polyester resin and fiberglass, or as a practical text in surfboard repair work, we recommend the FIBERGLASS DING REPAIR book as valuable asset to any waterman or waterwoman library.This is the only comprehensive fiberglass surfboard ding repair book available on the market.
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