Plans for Building Your Own Balance Board
Here are plans for building your own balance board to practice surfing at home. Indo Boards, or other types of balance boards are great for working on balance and form in the comfort of your home. However, they’re a bit pricey ($100+), and easy to make at home.
I made mine out of plywood and a foam roller. You can probably have the wood cut at the lumber store for free. If you have a saw and drill at home you can add safety guides to the bottom. The safety guides will prevent the board from flying out from underneath you.
This board is 18″ x 30″ inches (or 45cm x 76cm). The foam roller is 6″ x 36″ inches (or 15cm x 91cm).
What You Need
Foam Roller: 6 inch diameter.
Plywood: 30 inches wide x 18 inches high x 3/4 inches thick.
Without Safety Guides (NOT RECOMMENDED)
If you’re not adding the safety guides to the bottom, you don’t need any tools. You can simply buy the wood pre-cut at your local lumber store and order the foam roller.
With Safety Guides (RECOMMENDED)
The safety guides are recommended to prevent the board from shooting out from underneath you. To make the safety guides I just cut the corners off the board and then screwed them into the bottom.
Using the corners as the safety guides allows you to use the board narrowly and widely across the foam roller (See examples below). It’s easier to use the board wide at first. The more you practice, the more you’ll want to make it more challenging and change your stance to narrow.
Using a Balance Board Wide
Using a Balance Board Narrow