A Longboard That Behaves Like a Short Board...Chameleon
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The "The 7'-4" Chameleon" is a longboard that behaves like a shortboard. When its built according to plan it's an "egg" that lets you make the most of any size surf. But it can be modified to be much more. You can sharpen the nose and tail for more speed and maneuverability.
Built to plan the Chameleon is an "Egg" but builders can't seem to resist changing it to suit themselves as you'll see in the photos!
"The 8'-6" Chameleon"
We stretched the Chameleon a full 12" but kept all the other dimensions the same. Just a little more flotation to accommodate the bigger riders looking for performance. The 8'-6" Chameleon is the longboard that when its built according to plan is an "egg" that lets you make the most of any size surf. But, like its little brother the 7'-4" Chameleon, it can be modified to really add maneuverability.
7'4" Chameleon reshaped into a semi gun. Builder Jack Young
A 7'4" Chameleon was reshaped into an "Asymmetric" for the 2011 Sacred Craft show in Del Mar CA
which honored legendary designer and shaper Carl Ekstrom.
Chameleon Frame Kit consists of the ribs and spar pieces that make up the frame. They also include a fully illustrated instruction manual that covers every step of the
build in detail. This manual will be emailed to you when you order the kit and you can also view it here. You will need wood for the outside planking as well as glue, fiberglass and shop supplies like sandpaper. You can buy or build a fin to be glassed on or mounted in a fin box.
For specific frame dimensions, click on the Frame Kits below for each board.
The wood kits contain all the wood you need to build the board you choose. You'll receive Paulownia planks for the decking and rails. These planks are sawn into strips by the builder. Our paulownia is just slightly heavier than balsa but much stronger. It is very clear with few knots but each plank has exceptional grain personality. Each plank is 8' long, 6" wide, and 1 1/8" thick (4.5 board feet).
These kits contain all of the epoxy and 4 ounce fiberglass cloth to apply two layers of cloth on the deck and one on the bottom. There are two epoxy choices that come in the kits. The first is SilverTip made by System Three. SilverTip is a medium-low viscosity liquid epoxy resin system that cures to a brilliant blush-free film. Mix ratio by volume is 2:1. This resin cannot be shipped by air, so if you are outside the continental US, please choose our Poxy-Shield option.
The second epoxy choice is Glen-L's Poxy-Shield Epoxy resin and hardener. This is a 5:1 epoxy that is clear, pale amber low-viscosity resin that forms a surface that is clear, tough, and mar-resistant. Depending on conditions, a waxy blush may appear on the surface which can easily be cleaned off with water.