|Testing for Water
in the Board
or "you aren't actually listening
to that board - or are you??"
If the exterior is dry, but the board weighs
substantially more than it did last month, it probably has water in it.
Kind 'a obvious, isn't it? So - do you know the
original weight of your board??
Don't even think about going by the manufacturer's
stated weight - that is a pipe dream, usually removed from reality by many
pounds. No, you will have to weigh your board!
If you set the board into the sun, and water bubbles out
of the suspect crack, there is a pretty good chance that more is in there.
Also watch for tell-tale rings of salt. The water may
have evaporated at the surface, but the salt will stay until the next
If you tape some clear plastic over the wound, and set
the board into the sun and condensation forms on the plastic, you have water
If it reads more than 1/2% on the Sovereign Moisture
Meter, it probably has water in it. (the reading at right is about 10%,
indicating puddles of water)
(the fancy meter might also be "seeing"
Carbon, or get thrown for a loop by metal inserts - its certainly not all
moisture that reads high)
If you put the board on a vacuum, put your ear to it and
hear it gurgle, you have water in there.
As ridiculous as this sounds (and as much fun as my
neighbors poke at me for listening to my boards), I have found this method
to be more accurate than the $600.- Moisture Meter. Not only can I quantify
the sounds, but I can also hear trace amounts that the Moisture Meter is
unable to pick up.
So go, listen
thanks to Southwest Boardsports Peter Jones for doing