Pete Davis has made a few wooden longboards over the years and just thought he'd have a go at making some fun little cheap ones. Both boards cost under $200 dollars each to make, on the darker board he has used Fijian ply and Paulownia rails and syrinia balsa nose. The lighter board has hoop pine top , Paulownia rails and laminated nose blocks with just spare wood from home. His wife and daughter had free rain on the bottom to do some artwork. Just goes to show making a board doesn't have to be hard or expensive it can be enjoyable and still a lot of fun.
This years Wooden Surfboard Day will be Sunday 7th August
Poster for 2012
Poster for 2011
Poster for 2010
Poster for 2009
The joy of wood and water...
Wooden surfboards have been around for a long time and it was probably on a simple piece of wood that man first enjoyed surfing waves somewhere in the world. It may have only been a crude piece of driftwood found on the beach that served as a way of catching that first wave, but the joy and connection felt with the sea then is no different from what we feel today. As someone who has crafted a surfboard from wood, taken it out and caught a wave on it, I can tell you that the first time you paddle in and get to your feet, is truly a timeless feeling of joy and achievement. I hope that in assembling this list of talented people will inspire you to have a go at building your dream board and also experience that feeling for yourself.