Can we help you?
Below are some answers to our customers frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
Do you ship your surfboards?
We can ship our surfboards anywhere in Mexico from $600p, but unfortunately shipping overseas is very expensive.
How long does it take to get a custom surfboard?
It depends on how many custom orders I have when you order, but normally our turnaround time is between 1 and 3 weeks after receiving deposit. Closer to Christmas it might take a little longer. We also offer a rush service and we can finish your board in one week for an added cost.
What fin system do you use?
We use futures system for our boards. We make our own fins, but if you would prefer to bring your own we can just install the plugs.
Are the fins included in the price of your surfboard?
The price for most boards includes 3 removable epoxy fins molded in our factory for futures system. If you would prefer FCS, you can bring your own fins and we’ll install the plugs. The cost would be the same. We discount $300p if you want futures system without fins.
When are you open?
We are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm. We're closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Where is your shop located?
Odyboards Surf Shop and Factory is in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. We’re located near the Highway to Huatulco next to the “Centro de Salud”, La Punta de Zicatela. Here's a Google maps link to how to get to us. If you are coming from Puerto Escondido, we are at the third entrance to La Punta. If you are heading to Puerto Escondido from Huatulco, look for our sign that says "SURFBOARDS" on the factory's roof (a couple exits after the La Barra Gas station).
I have a board I love and want to make a copy, can you do that?
Only a computer shape will come out exactly the same, but we can use the measurements of another surfboard as a guideline to get a shape very similar to what you’re looking for. If the dimensions aren't written on the stringer of your board, here is how you can take your measurements...
Nose width: Width at one foot from the nose of your board.
Center width: Width at the middle of your board.
Tail width: Width at one foot from the tail of your board.
Thickness: You probably won’t have calipers, but you can still eyeball the thickness. Put the board rail up and look directly down on the rail at mid-board. Line your eye with the end of a measuring tape, and the bottom (flat vertical side) of the board. Move your head to line your eye with the top and write down the measurement. Not super accurate, but useful.
Can I pick my own color, and how much will it cost?
Yes! Bottom color and clear deck starts at $35USD, both sides color starts at $55USD. Please see our color page for inspiration on making your board one of a kind, or send us your ideas!
What materials do you use for your boards?
Each of our boards is unique. They are wire cut from a polystyrene blank, shaped by hand, glassed with US fiberglass and epoxy resin. They are not mass produced in China and aren't vacuum bagged or pop out boards. They are made from a polystyrene foam core with wood stringer, and glassed with epoxy resin and 6/6/4 oz fiberglass on top and 6 oz on the bottom.
What is the difference between epoxy and polyester resin?
Polyester resin has been used in the industry since the 1960's. We believe it is time to think about the environment. The epoxy resin we use gives off only 0.02% of the toxins that polyester resin does. Epoxy boards are lighter and stronger. Making our boards durable and not "disposable" and offering "buy-it-back" boards are only a few ways we at Odyboards are trying to do our part.
Does an epoxy board feel different when I ride it?
Yes, it is a little more "floaty" but like any new board, after riding it a few times you get used to it and begin to love it.
Are epoxy boards as strong as polyester boards?
After test riding and experimenting with the different materials available, we have come up with a combination of foam density and glass weight that is durable yet light for surfing the heavy waves of Puerto Escondido. They are just as strong, if not stronger than most of the "traditional" boards. We do not compromise the quality of your board to cut corners in producing cost, we use only the highest quality materials.
Do you give surfing lessons?
We have a lifeguard that we refer you to. He is one of the best surf-teachers in Puerto. There are discounts for groups and consecutive lessons.
Do you rent surfboards?
Unfortunately we don't, but we offer a buy it back deal which can be cheaper than renting if you are in town for more than a few weeks. The deal doesn't apply to guns or used boards that aren't Odyboards.
Do you offer ding repair service?
Yes, we have an onsite ding-repair specialist in both epoxy and polyurethane boards. Turn around time is between 1 and 5 days.
How do I install my FCS Fusion or Future fins?
- Using the fin key, partly loosen all the screws in the boxes or plugs.
- The fin with both sides rounded is the center fin, side fins have a rounded side and a flat side. Rounded side goes to the rails, flat side to the stringer or center of the board.
- For Futures fins (one rectangular box), place the back part of the fin into the box (it should be pointing toward the tail of the board). Pull the fin toward the back of the box where it will latch. Once latched, press down and forward to insert the front part of the fin.
- For FCS Fusion fins (two tabs in a peanut shaped box), drop the heads of the fins straight into the plug.
- For Single Fin (Fin will have a screw and fin plate), unscrew the plate from the screw and place the plate in the forward part of the
- Tighten the screws securely but don't over do it or you will strip the screw.
- Gently wiggle each fin to make sure it doesn't move.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email and we can walk you through the process.
How do I wax my new surfboard?
With surfboards, unlike snow boards, you wax the deck of the board, not the fin side. You should always start with a good basecoat for the first time waxing. It is harder and lasts longer than Cold, Warm, or Tropical wax. Push down and rub in small circular patterns forming bumps. Cover the back 3/4 of the board, unless you want to noseride, then do the whole deck.
You'll need a top coat for stickiness. Here in Mexico, choose tropical wax if you're surfing mainland Mexico and cold wax for Baja. This coat will be easier to apply because the wax is softer. You can apply this with long strokes, or circles like the basecoat whichever you prefer.