How to Fix an Air Bubble in a Boogie Board

By Mark S. Baker

Boogie boarding or bodyboarding, has been around for more than 40 years, the creation of California surfboard builder Jim Morey. He fashioned the first bodyboard out of foam scraps covered with newspaper. Since then bodyboarding has become nearly as popular as surfing. Bodyboarding takes place in the waves close to the shoreline and, as such, frequently has the rider crashing onto the edge of the sand. Sometimes, the board develops an air bubble from friction against the sand, too much direct sunlight or poor craftsmanship. Removing an air bubble from a bodyboard can be completed in a few steps.

Step 1

Wipe the board down with a towel to make sure that it is completely dry. Lay the board on a flat surface with the side of the board with the bubble facing upward.

Step 2

Use a razor blade or knife and cut an X through the bubble spot. Peel back the corners created by the cut.

Step 3

Look to see if there is any raised foam beneath where the bubble was. Shave the foam evenly with the surrounding area with the razor or knife, if necessary.

Step 4

Use glue specifically designed to adhere to foam in a hot glue gun and apply glue to both the foam underneath the cuts and the flaps as well.

Step 5

Push the flaps back into place. Wipe away any excess glue. Place a heavy weight on top of the cut and let it sit overnight,

Step 6

Fill in the cut marks with glue and allow to dry. Use fine grit sandpaper to smooth away any ridges.

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