Ok then... With the wood the hardest part is usally getting a clean line (I still have problems with that) and finding a good shape. If you want, you could pm me about your experience, age, height, and weight if you were intrested in making one and I could send you a shape that would work with measurements, but also with wood you got a bunch more things you need to remember to do. With foam it's basicly find some, glue in a stringer, cut out the shape and turn down the rails all the way around and glass (which is the hard part). On the wood boards, you can get away with varnish if you take good care of it, just do enough coats so you don't see wood texture on most of the board (usally three coats).
ABOUT the making part, go to home depot or whatever you have where you leave, somewhere that will sell you a 2'x4'x3/8" sheet of plywood. The higher quality it is the longer it's gunna last, you want to get one that has the grain running the long way of the board, no big knots, smooth grain, and no chunks taken out of it. Trace on your template with a jigsaw, and cut out half, take that peice, trace it over the other side to make sure it's symetrical, and cut that side out too. Once it's all cut out, look down the rail and see where the natural rocker is going, sometimes I'll do it opposite if they're going to get lots of use, but to keep it simple use the natural rocker in the board (there should be some). If it has less than say 1/8" rocker in the nose, you want to do a high displacement foil, if it has more you can go with less and don't have to do the displacement thing. To do the nose foil, get a belt sander and for a high displacement foil take off maybe 1/4" three or four inches from the nose on each rail (this is on the bottom side) and maybe only 3/16" at the very tip. Foil this getting less and less towards the tail, and only go maybe a foot, foot and a half at the most down the rail or almost to the wide point. At the wide point you can either tuck your rails, round them out, or if you have lots of experience then keep them hard. To do a tucked rail, run the belt sander along the rail until you've taken off about 1/16" from the bottom, but keep the entire width of the board about 1/4" from the bottom. Kinda hard to understand but it's almost done.
If you didn't round them out or tuck them, just leave them how they are and if you want to sharpen them, round out the upper side of the rail all the way around the board (except for where you foiled the bottom) and round them down to the bottom edge and you have mabe a 60-65 degree angle on them if you drew a straight line but the curve pretty much follows it. Bottom tail, for more release you can round out the very back of that, like the interior of a swallow tail on the bottom side or just the very middle on the back of a round tail or squash tail board. Smooth the whole thing down with 100 grit and then 150, sign it, and it's ready to paint!
Painting, you can just use spray paint, airbrush it, or use something else waterproof. To varnish your board, use a marine spar urethane, and MAKE SURE THE RAILS GET VARNISHED WELL. Very important, if not they'll start sucking up water because of the ply and then your board will suck because it's waterlogged (took me a while to find out why...). Again, about three coats per side and I think you're done... I might of missed something so feel free to ask questions.
For foam boards, it's basicly the same thing, but you want to find a 1/4" solid hardwood for your stringer. Get some 3/4" EPS sheets that are sold for insulation, and glue it on either side of your stringer with about 1" nose rocker for the generic board, and if you really wave ride well thin out the nose a 1/4" adding rocker and add another 3/16" to the tail. You can use epoxy, tacky glue, elmers glue, gorilla glue, anything that won't melt your foam, and wait until it dries before you want to do anything else. I find if you cut the stringer out, glue it to one half of the board and tape it to that, you can wait until that's mostly dry and then tape on the other half and it comes out ok. Your stringer should probally just be a 3/4" wide rockered strip of wood, unless you're really a stick and tiny, you might want to thin it out some, but 3/4" is generally ok. Round out the rails in the front foot or so for most people, if you're experienced you might want to keep your edge all the way to the nose but just turn down your rails all the way around and start thinning from about six inches in.
Afer that's done, you can airbrush, but can't use spray paint because it'll melt the foam, so you might just want to leave it white. Glass the bottom with a 6" wide strip of 6oz glass down the stringer, and over that another layer of 6oz lapped three inches to the deck. Glass wiht epoxy so your board won't melt when you try and glass it. On the deck, lay down another strip down the stringer of 6, and put a layer cut at about an inch from the rail over that, and on top of that get all your scraps and pile them where your feet are going to be on the board. THis really helps with the preasure dings, just lay all the peices out where your feet go, the edges will disapear so it doesen't matter if they look funny but it really does help. I think on my current board it has six or seven layers under my feet, and the rest of the deck is only two layers thick. Lay another layer of cloth over that and cut it at the rail line and glass this too.
After your lam, (do this before you glass the deck too), you really want to get a good new sharp sureform and take down any lumps or anything and then sand everything even ( the smaller bumps) and then hotcoat by adding just another coat of epoxy to fill in the little holes made by the cloth. When that's done, you can sand it, or leave it how it is and that's done too.
I probally left alot out without realizing it, so if it doesen't make sense again ask about it. To get some examples of some shapes, go to http://www.mitchteck.com/wizard.exe
and play with that.
I know it's an exe file, but I wrote it and it's not a virus or anything like that.
Here's my all time favorite woody