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The Exploder, performance shortboard

from $39.00

  • 6′-5″ board length
  • 20 1/4 inch board width
  • 2 3/8 inch board thickness
  • Optimized for weight reduction
  • Highest quality marine plywood
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The Exploder, performance shortboard


Printable Plans, Frame Kit, Frame Kit + Milled Paulownia Strips (US ONLY), Builder's Bundle (US ONLY)

Are you ready to up your game?

Our wide range of shapes for hollow wood SUP ‘s and surfboards is unsurpassed in todays kit board market. These beautiful and functional shapes are designed for those wanting the next level of performance and elegance in a lightweight hollow wood SUP or surfboard. Our frames are optimized for weight reduction and are cut from the highest quality marine plywood available. 

The Exploder, a shortboard shape for traditional surfing

This “Exploder” was designed for our friends who ride short boards and has proven itself in a wide range of conditions. The idea for the “Exploder” was to create a board with a shape that easily paddles into waves but with a performance-oriented outline and rocker profile for precise short board surfing. The prototype “Exploder” has become the “go to” board for its owner!

We built the “Exploder” prototype with the same lightweight materials we use on all of our boards. The “fishbone” framework is CNC cut from 4mm BS 1088 marine plywood with all frame material not required for the structure removed during the CNC machining process. The strip material is paulownia wood. The paulownia strips we used for the “Exploder” are ¼” thick and the board is glassed with one layer of 4oz cloth and epoxy resin. The fin setup on the “Exploder” is thruster style and the finished weight of the board with the fins in place is eight pounds.

The Exploder Options

  • Printable plans for Clearwood Paddleboards include the PDF that has the full-scale templates for the board you’ve chosen, the assembly manual, and links to the tutorials. Printable plans are a good option if you live outside the United States and want to save on import tariffs. When you purchase printable plans from Clearwood Paddleboards you also get “anytime” technical support via phone or email if you have questions about the process. If you need assistance sourcing materials or need suggestions on any aspect of your build, we’re here to help make your project a success!Printable plans incude:
    • Exploder Performance Shortboard Plans
    • Assembly Manual
    • Printing Instructions
  • Frame kits from Clearwood Paddelboards are CNC machined from high quality marine grade plywood. Our CNC cut frame kits make getting started with your build accurate and quick. We’ve taken the guesswork out of starting your project by creating a package with all parts organized and numbered for easy assembly. When you buy a Clearwood frame kit you also get the assembly manual and access to our video tutorials, plus, we are here to offer technical support anytime you have questions about the process. If you need help on sourcing materials or have ideas that you want input on, we’re here to offer support.The Frame Kit incudes:
    • Exploder Performance Shortboard Frame Kit
    • Assembly Manual
  • Do you want to focus on building your board not sourcing the materials you will need. Randy has done all the work for you and created the Exploder Performance Shortboard Builder Bundle as a complete kit! We’ve bundled the basic components you need to build a hollow wooden paddleboard or surfboard into a package that includes a 10% discount. If you have questions you can call or email us anytime for quick and insightful answers to your questions.The Builder Bundle incudes:
    • Exploder Performance Shortboard Frame kit
    • Paulownia lumber, 4 planks
    • Epoxy/fiberglass kit, Resin Research epoxy and 4oz “E” cloth
    • Vent-leash-grip set
    • Fin box
    • Assembly Manual
    • *Milled Paulownia Strips Available. Contact us for details
    • Includes 10% Discount
    • FREE Shipping on ALL Items
    • Fins: Fins and fin boxes are not included in the above estimate. The “Exploder” was designed as a three-fin board. We have found to be an excellent choice and love the fin box design and range of fin shapes. They also have GREAT customer service! We place the US style center fin box 3 ¼” from the tail and on the “side bites” we place use 8 ¼” from the tail to the shapers mark. We like the XPD2 series fins from Hanalei fins work great on this board. If you would like specific recommendations please contact us here at Clearwood Paddelboards.
  • Clearwood Paddleboards values lightweight boards and sustainably grown wood. Our commitment to these principals means we are now offering our builders the following deal: if you buy any Clearwood frame kit and paulownia planks, we’ll mill the planks for you for FREE! This is a great deal to get you the best material available for building the lightest weight hollow wood board possible.Frame Kit and Milled Paulownia incudes: