I needed a bag for my new Slotstik 330 XXL Skimboard that I bought for kiteboarding. I wanted something compact that would offer some protection, not too bulky, and could still allow the board to dry. I couldn’t find any skimboard bags online that would fit this XXL board, so I figured I’d just make my own. I was pretty decent at sewing back in 9th grade Home Economics so how hard can it be??
I found a sewing machine at Goodwill but due to a lower bobbin tension issue, I had a thread bind up that killed the gears and rendered the machine useless. Luckily my sister, Amy, let me use hers to complete my bag. The fabric I found was a beautiful sweater fleece, and I chose some “Gator Skin” vinyl for the tip.
After tracing the board onto the fabric, I cut it and the vinyl, then aded a zig zag accent stitch to hold the vinyl. Then proceeded to sew a couple laps around the perimiter, keeping in mind the words or my teacher, “Don’t forget to Back Stitch!”. I cut off the excess, and flipped the bag right side out to take a look. I instantly loved it, and it fit the board like a glove.
A couple people commented on it at the lake and asked me to make one for them. I traced out their boards and had a couple bags made just days later. A couple other kiteboarders asked me to make one for them and even offered to pay for materials and time. I let them know that I accept “Interesting Trades”, Cases of Beer, and twenty dollar bills! Thus, JHydro Softgoods was born.
So far I’ve just been making them for a few friends and recently had some interest on my Etsy Page, a woman ordered a skimboard bag for her granddaughter. I can make any shape and size and even have an imaging process that can take dimensions and a picture and turn it into a life sized paper pattern, I can print.
I found a few colors that really looked good and bought out the bolts at a fabric store that was going out of business.
I’m making the bags for Surfboards, Skimboards, Kiteboards, and Wakesurfing boards. Each bag gets a little bit better. If there’s something you need, hit me up or check out what I have on Etsy.