This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Tracing guide, usually made of thin plastic, fiberboard, cardboard, Masonite, or plywood, used by surfboard shapers to draw a board's outline on an polyurethane foam blank. Templates can be one-piece, full-length, nose-to-tail outlines, but more often come in the form of an asymmetric, half-length "spin template," something like a French curve, which can be used to create new outlines, depending o...

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