Tips on riding
Here is a brief explanation of how I think you should try and ride a raceboard .
I was watching a few first time riders and their stance and posture to try and figure out of couple tips to help them. I saw that they wanted to put way too much weight on the back of the board which ended up getting the nose to high in the air! This makes the board ride way too squirely (turning to much) and out of control.
Tip# 1)So I told one of the riders to get more weight forward and not ride the tail .. This really helped him out and within 15 to 20 minutes he was starting to get it under control.
Once you start getting the board under control your next lesson is to:
Tip #2) try and get the board flat and not ride the windward rail down like a twin tip or regular kiting. Think of trying to get the board to heel over to Leeward instead of to windward. Once you start mastering this, the board will start really accelerating.
I try to explain it like trying to feel the front fin on the leeward side and the leeward rail. Once you start to get this feeling, you can start to trust it and really let the board start hauling ass!!
Putting fins in your race board
Rock the fins towards the front and back with the fin covers on and putting steady pressure down. Do not put your elbows into the bottom of the board or you might dent it slightly. Get the screws started and pull the fins into the box. Hit fins back and forth with your hands (fin covers on) on the trailing and leading edges. Tighten screws as you do this. If it is still to tight, look inside the boxes and see if you see any paint or extra resin in the way and carefully sand it as a last method with a flat piece of wood on the sides of box or use a round file in the front or back of the box.. Sand just a little and then try to fit fin in again, repeat if necessary. Use 150 grit sand paper.
Putting your future fins in your SUP, kite,or surfboard
Fins in your Hooked SUP
First slide the fin plate inside the fin box track. You will see there is a groove where the plate and fin pin slide. Move it all the way forward inside the track. Next put the fin pin at back edge of the fin, into the track and slide it back in the box. Rotate the fin front and back in a rocking motion if the fin is tight in the box track. Now once in place, rotate the fin base down into the box and line up the hole in the front of the fin with the fin plate. Put fin screw in the hole and tighten. Hit back of the fin with your hands while a towel or rolled up shirt is protecting your hand and the fin itself. Tighten fin till snug. Hit back of fin to get fin base further in box if necessary. Front edge of fin should be close to flush with the bottom of board or slightly below flush..
Fixing Small dings
I like to use a glue called CA Glue (Cyanoacrylate) that is used to put hobby model airplanes and such together. It is basically superglue and will stick to anything even without sanding the surface! In combination with the accelerator spray, this glue will harden in ten seconds or less. It is a must for traveling or just to have in your car when you go to the beach. It is available at most any Hobby store that sells model airplanes and such. It will stick for years and be watertight. You can layer this stuff several times until you are sure it is watertight.
If you want to get it off the board, do not sand it because it does not sand well because it is so hard, much harder than regular epoxy. Get a razor blade under it and lift it off the board. Usually it sticks so well that it can pull some of the paint off also!
Do not put it on exposed EPS (white styro foam). It can melt it. For large dings use regular epoxy when the EPS is exposed.