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Colored Foam Hot Curl

At US Blanks we’ve felt a quiet pride for the way Josh Martin has carried forth the weighty Martin family surfboard building legacy.  He has a knack for paying homage to the past while simultaneously exploring modern concepts (and even outlandish concepts).  He’ll build a chambered Balsa Glider one day, a Century Plant Fish the next, and some resin scrap jewelry along the way.  And even better, he’s become quite the Instagram filmmaker!  We get to follow his exploits in fun, creatively shot, bite-sized morsels.  The only problem is, sometimes Instagram’s Insta format leaves us wanting more.  The builds are so intricate that the only way to fully appreciate the work would be to hover over Josh and ask questions along the way.  Alas, let our blog serve as the middle ground between a hover-over and a single Insta post.  Josh sent us some additional photos to detail the build.

We’ll just focus on the construction and Josh’s shaping technique here. If you’d like to learn about the Hot Curl design, you can click over a read a feature that Surfer Magazine did with Josh.

Click to read Josh’s thoughts about the Hot Curl design on Surfer.com

And be sure to follow Josh’s work @MartinShapes


Josh used our 8’9″Y blank in Red density along with some yellow high-density foam scraps and 3/8″ basswood stringer to construct the board.  Make sure to read his caption and comments for the full story.

Hot Curl PT. 1 ••• it’s been a while since I’ve shaped a hot curl. few things I enjoy about them in regards to the shaping process… 1st thing is I am super appreciative that @usblanks glues my special rocker into the blank. the custom rocker is deck perfect 👌. I always shape a hot curls deck first. the hot curl design is all about the bottom and rail transition to the bottom. all my reference though comes from the deck. weird deal… like shaping blind but not 🤷‍♂️. generally polyurethane foam blanks do not accommodate the entire shape of a hot curl. I get to add to the blank 🙌. way fun. 8’0 x 15 1/2 x 21 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 2 7/8 for Mr. Quam @jq5of15 • • • • • • • • #terrymartin #handmade #Hotcurl #wemakecollective #handshaped #craftsposure #1952 #handmadewithlove #familybusiness #maker #makers #yearofmaking #handicraft #finless #workshop #makersmovement #bespoke #surfcraft #handtool #functionalart #lovewhatyoudo #surfboardshaping #sculpture #makersgonnamake #handcrafted #artisan #madeinusa #danapoint #californiamade #orangecounty

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The final board is 8’0″ x 15 1/2″ x 21 7/8″ x 16 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and will be ridden by Hot Curl impresario, Jeff Quam.


Follow Josh Martin @MartinShapes and @MartinsMakings