So here are the basics on how to build a darn good paddleboard rack out of PVC piping. And I'm almost positive it can double as ladder golf because I based my idea off of that. I mean, you can't have an ugly structure sitting in the back yard without it doubling as a lawn sport?!
|Step 1: Laying out the Materials|
Step 3: Pushing the PVC piping together
So in step one you need to just get to the hardware store and purchase some goodies... namely- a lot of PVC piping and connectors.
For the size rack that I built it required 16x 24" long pvc piping pieces (1.5" diameter) and 12x 12" long pvc piping pieces (also 1.5" in diameter). In total I needed 8 right angle connecters and 12 't' tube connectors. Thank goodness the nice person at the hardware store did the cutting so it wasn't crazy expensive! I could by 4 10foot long pieces of PVC piping and he did the cutting and then all i had to do was buy one more 48" piece and cut it in half. This saved a ton of money from having to cut all the pieces myself. I highly recommend this.
Once all the materials are purchased the rest is easy-peezy! All that needs to be done is assembly. I decided NOT to use any glue for the time being. I am testing it out with one board to see how it holds up and then I will eventually put another board on top. I did line up all the pieces before I assembled the rack to make sure that all the pieces were cut exactly correctly and since they were there wasn't any problem.
This rack is a great solution for anyone that doesn't have a garage to put hangers in or can't put hooks onto a wall on the side of the house. I'm super excited to have something that can also break down and be easily transported to another place (I seem to move a lot.. I don't want to jinx myself at all... but I am just being very honest here).
In other news, I had my first race of the Kanaha Ikaika series this past weekend. I am super excited about the series allowing prone paddlers into the series because I feel that I will be able to gain experience that will be useful in hopefully crossing the Molokai to Oahu channel later on in the year.
So I was looking forward to this first race this past saturday. The short course, which I signed up for, was scheduled to be from Waimanalo Beach Park to Kailua Beach Park. However, there were rumors that a big swell was coming in on Saturday morning. And of course, mother nature proved not to dissappoint. So the KIRA race directors decided to cancel the LONG course and EXTEND the short course route and have everyone (outriggers, canoes, kayaks, sups, and paddleboards) all go the same distance. Sounded fine to me. Until the start. It was actually quite comical.