Backstory time: Tash and I drove down to San Diego to film a wedding with Jason. While down there we decided to hit up the resale shops for a couple cheap wetsuits. $20 and two wetsuits later the three of us hit the beach and caught a few waves! The board I used was an old eight footer that was stuffed away in the attic and Tash mastered the boogie board for the majority of the time we were out.

After we drove back to San Mateo with Tash’s old board, it was official that I caught the surfing bug. GoPro offered some OT and I sold some toys that week to purchase a Wave storm from Costco. At $99 you can’t go wrong for a easy foam top. Especially when it looks good too, check out the Rasta.

Now with two boards in the apartment, space was getting small so we needed to improvise. Thankfully we had a massive blank wall in the bedroom and $6 to spare. Here’s how I made my wall-mounted surfboard rack…

Home Depot had everything I needed for cheap. I only needed a couple items:

  1. About 12′ of 2x4s Wood
  2. One eight-foot piece of 1/2″ PVC Pipe ($2)
  3. Two 3/8″ black pipe insulation sections ($2 each = $4 Total)

Now with all the materials ready, it was time to cut them to size. My goal with the wood was to make two columns thick enough to just insert the PVC pipes and let them rest at an angle. In order to get that thickness, I cut the sections to about 2 feet so each board had enough space to rest on the wall without having the fins touch. After a little sanding for a more level surface, I glued three pieces together. While those dried, I measured the distance I wanted my support arms to be based on the width of the surfboard. The boards’ width was about 25″ all the way across but my ceiling wasn’t allowing that so it ended up being closer to about 20″.

 

Now that the glue was dry and my PVC pipes were cut to size, it was time to drill the holes. I held up the wood to the boards to get an idea on where I wanted the support arms to rest on the planks and measured them out to make each section equal. From there, I drilled 3/4″ holes into the pieces of wood. First, I started the hole straight up and down to get the drill into the wood. Then after the hole’s circumference was established, I shifted my drill at a 20 degree angle and pushed all the way till the tip of the drill bit went through the back of the wood. From there, I gave the wood a fresh coat of paint. This helped tie the wood into the interior of the room, but also gave just a hint extra material in the holes so the PVC pipe would stick nicely. From there, I pre-drilled a couple holes where my screws would go in and then installed them up on the wall.