The surf hasn't been happening for a couple weeks now, so it's a good time to do some board repairs. A few weeks ago I paddled out. The waves were about 2' and closing out for the most part. The swell was crossed up. If you waited long enough a decent set wave would come thru that wasn't a close out. Anyways, I was a bit impatient that day. A good looking wall came in and I was on it. It closed out and put me and my board in the washing machine. It's usually no big deal. This time however I was surprised when I didn't feel that tug on my leash. There was my board floating toward the beach. I was out on the outer sandbar, so I had to swim for it. When I finally caught up with my board I saw that the leash plug had torn off and it took a large chunk of foam with it. That's not good.
Yesterday, I got around to cutting the ripped out section and epoxied in a piece of balsa. Today I shaped it which didn't take long at all. It's real nice working with balsa compared to foam. It'll all get glassed in with a new leash plug in a few days. Just in time for a swell and some off shore winds expected later in the week.