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How to decipher the dimensions written on a surfboard

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What do the numbers written on the bottom of a surfboard mean? Learn how shapers note down length, width, thickness, and volume of a newly-shaped board.

Surfboards have different sizes, and their measurements are written in feet and inches on the board, alongside the shaper’s name or signature.

Traditionally, the craftsman grabs a pencil and inscribes the dimensions on the bottom of the surfboard, next to the stringer – or even or even on the stringer – before the final glassing stage.

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