This is the 7’ 3” pintail to be auctioned at the annual Hunter Business Boardriders Surfest Breakfast with the proceeds to go to Surfaid International.
Gerard Hatton is a graduate of the Paul Jensen board building class held here on the Gold Coast prior to the first wooden board day. Since then the lawyer from the New Castle area has built many fine boards which he surfs regularly. And this is a very generous offer from Gerard for a very worthy cause.
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.