6 Swell Ways to Transform Surfboards into Ocean-Themed Art

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Many surfboards are works of art in their own right, but when they’re done being used to shred waves, they can be turned into something even more interesting. Though arguably less functional, these boards should provide a sight for those that are on the shore to take in.

Surfboard Fence


If you find yourself on the road to Hana in Maui, be sure to check out this fence made out of surfboards. Started in 1990, it’s quite beautiful and supposedly uses over 500 boards!

Surfboard Stained Glass


Instructables user “danhitman” decided to turn a shortboard into a different kind of art by embedding stained glass in a pattern inside of it. To make the image, a picture of his local break was projected onto the board and cut out. The results are excellent, and this technique could certainly be used in other applications.

Miniature Shark Bite Board


This little board model might not have ever  been capable of carrying a human though waves, but the resulting piece of art certainly looks nice! It’s a nice idea for something to do with any spare plywood that you have around your shop.

Surfboard Shark


Rather than a board bitten by a shark, this board is made up to be an actual shark. Of note is the reuse of several signs, a license plate, and a part off of an air conditioning unit.

Mosaic Glass Surfboard

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If you’re a fan of surfing and mosaics, then this video combining the two should be even better! This time-lapse video shows how it’s done for a neat effect.

Tiki Surfboard Mosaic


Here’s another surfboard turned into a mosaic. The process was likely similar to the one seen above, but the Tiki image on it seems really appropriate!


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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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