DIY board-building is one of the most time-honored and creative aspects of surf culture. For a lot of salts, going deep into the garage and emerging with something that may or may not resemble a surfboard is a bucket lister of the surf experience. Imagine doing a stylish mid-faced turn or making an impossibly fast section on a sled with your own signature on the stringer.

I spoke with John Pyzel of Pyzel Surfboards about the tools you would need to shape your own backyard board for Surfer Mag. He was extremely patient and cool. As it turns out, you don’t need all that much.

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