Quick-N-Dirty Surfboard Sock

Our little surf group is taking a short road trip in the morning, so I wanted to whip up a quick board sock for my 7’0″, since we’ll be stacking boards on the car. I don’t want to get my nasty wax job all over my friend’s board, and a towel placed in between boards just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore.

Now, I’ve had board socks in the past mind you, but they were ALWAYS:

  • Too snug
  • Not stretchy
  • A general pain in the ass to use
  • Expensive

Now I need one. Tomorrow.

Glad I picked up a few yards of cheap, but good quality Lycra about a year back. It only cost $3.00/yard, but it is ugly as sin.

I wouldn’t wear it, but for this project, it might work


This Lycra was about 60″ wide, perfect for folding over and stitching up one side. My surfboard is only 22 1/2″ wide, so it only needs to be cut to about 25″ folded, to give me plenty of slop and seam allowance. Working with this heavier Lycra guarantees some movement of the material, so I want to allow some “slop.” Too bad its striped- I’m going to mess up a bit, but oh well, I’m in a hurry.

This is quick-n-dirty, yo.

Nice and stretchy

I cut about 2 1/2 yards from the length for my sock. My board is 7’0″, so that gives me extra for the seams, and also a casing at the bottom for a drawstring.

Rotary cutters are best with Lycra

Prepping to sew- it’s a lot of material

Since this was heavy Lycra, I used a 90 ballpoint needle with a longer zig zag stitch using a roller foot. A walking foot works best, though.

I’m so Klasse…..whatevs

About a 1 inch seam allowance

Lycra’s on the MOVE!!!!

Next, I wanted to put a little curve in at the nose of the sock, not as if it was really necessary. Since the board’s nose is pretty wide, I honestly guessed and marked it out with my pen while the sock was folded over. Then, I cut it and clipped it (don’t pin Lycra, it can snag).

Guess marks- sooooo professional

Prepping the nose for sewing

After the main sewing is done, I serged my seams. You can just clip them, since Lycra doesn’t fray.

Serged seams

For a drawstring, I used some old 1/4″ craft bungee cord I had saved. So what if it’s blue??? I had it on hand.

Doesn’t match. So what.

I made a simple 3/4″ casing by flipping up the bottom edge of the board sock, leaving a section open, then feeding the bungee cord through.

Clipping off the casing at the bottom

Used a narrower zig zag stitch

Sewing the casing

Threading the drawstring

Make sure to double knot the ends!

The finished product rolled up pretty compactly.

But does it fit???

This afternoon, after I got back from surfing, I tucked my Funshape into the boardsock to check out the fit.

It’ll do for now


Big at the nose

BUT, it was a breeze to get on, and it will be soooo easy to pop in the washing machine. Schweet.

I’ll can fix anything needing tweaking on the sewing machine later. ‘Cause I’m going surfing tomorrow, and to quote George Costanza….

Surf Car Organizer DIY

My Car Organizer

We’ve had an unusual little run of surf lately from the wacky El Nino pattern really starting to show up this winter. Of course, I was scrambling the other morning (with most of the county) to get my butt moving and into the water.
I managed to squeeze myself into my wetsuit, only to be flipping towels looking through the backseat for my key lock and my wax of all things. My leash was in the trunk, so I was running around my car like I was Benny Hill and it was time for a “sexy party”.
I’ve seen these car organizers for people with kids and for road trips, but never for surf crap accessories. I also wanted one that I could take out of the car easily for those times when I’m not surfing, and I wanted to have room for passengers, Here’s the one I made from a store bought shoe holder that holds wax, leashes, sunscreen, etc.:
….AND, I made THREE for $7.00 from 1 shoe organizer I bought from the local outlet store clearance rack. Bonus points if you can find one from your local Goodwill. Mega bonus points if there’s one in your closet not being used that you can use for this project.
Here’s the original:

Lucky to find this shoe organizer in nylon fabric with extra mesh pockets. It takes up the whole door!

Since it was such a long shoe organizer, I cut it into three sections, following the seam lines:

One section cut away

This particular shoe rack was made from rip stop nylon, so I could have just sealed the edges with a glue like stuff you can get at most craft stores called Fray Check, since nylon will fray out with use.
For this project, I decided to finish the edge by overlocking it on my sewing machine, then covering the edge with some bias tape I has lying around. I wasn’t particular about matching colors, so I used brown:

Personally, I buy bias tape from the clearance bin at my local sewing store in several colors. You can use it in a lot of projects.

Here’s what it looks like after binding the top edge:

Bias tape bound top edge of the organizer

Next, I needed some way to hang it in my car that would be easy to remove. For this, I decided to set grommets spaced a little wider apart than the posts on my front seat car headrest, then I strung thick round elastic rope through and knotted the ends to make a hanger.

Old bungee cord works great for this project!

Finished!


View from the backseat…

I can now get everything of the floor, out from under the towels in the back seat too. I can get to the hyped swell super fast, and wipeout all the sooner.

Ok, not me. But it feels that way in my mind…..

DIY Wetsuit Storage Hanger

So it’s the end of February, and I’m ready to lose the wetsuit. Wrestling into it, wrestling out of it, rinsing it, etc. Not to mention the 3 different wetsuits I’ve had in rotation lately depending on the fronts that come through. Although I can’t complain- beats the yellow snow up north any day. I can complain, though, that EVERYONE in New England and most of Quebec holds a perma-pass to DisneyWorld and apparently crashes here in Brevard County for the duration of the Winter that they complain so loudly about. Don’t you have bitchy NYC “Housewives” to be tended to??? A Curling session you’re missing???
Ah, I feel better now.
Since the wetsuit will be going into storage soon, I was thinking of a way to make a good storage hanger without going out and buying one, since my agoraphobia increases with the number of tourists on the road.
I gathered up some items I had on hand: 4 cheap plastic hangers, some electrical tape (I happened to have blue), some packing bubble wrap, a few desiccant packs from medications and inside packaging, and a pair of utility scissors:

The four hangers will provide the thickness necessary to hold up a heavy wetsuit (thoroughly dried of course). I’m going to align them next to each other like this:

Next, I cut a few strips of electrical tape so I could wrap the hangers together at a few places:

After that, I cut a strip of tape for each desiccant pack, and placed it in the middle, off to the side of the tape so they’ll be exposed. I’m taping these to the long bar across the bottom so they won’t get in the way of the suit and they’ll be inside doing their job.

 

Then I cut 2 rectangles of bubble wrap about 6″ wide and about 10″ long. I took each of these and jelly rolled them up to place on each of the shoulders of the hangers, secured with more tape on each end:

 
 

Here’s what it looked like complete:

Now, if you want to go nuts, wrap the hook completely with the tape (color coded if you want), and add labels. Here, I added the thickness of the suit and the month and year it was purchased, so I know how many seasons it’s been around, since neoprene does have an effective wear life, especially if you use wetsuits for diving as well as surfing.

Now that I’ve started to store my wetsuits away and go back to showing some skin, it’s time to think about getting some ink to raise my surf coreness in the lineup. Since I’m still trying to get sponsored by KFC, I’m thinking something like this:

RAD!