Trish is not afraid to mix it with the crowds when she has to.
There is not a more passionate wooden board rider that big Cam Byram and his wife Trish. He has quite a quiver of wooden boards. 12ft , 14ft and 18ft Tom Wegeners for sure. Plus an 18ft and 21ft Bill Wallace toothpicks.
Cameron enjoying the ride and the wide eyed looks he gets as he heads off down the line.
Now this is a mans board if ever there was one. I surfed with Cameron at the Alley today and he was on his toothpick before swapping over to one of Tom's boards. He said the toothpick he was on was one of the last that Bill Wallace had built and that in all the years that Bill had built wooden toothpicks this was the first custom order. Cameron is not afraid to paddle in on these large boards and cut through the pack with the greatest of ease. He offered for me to have a go , but there would need to be way less people for me to consider it.
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.