Just a quick update on the newest model named The Eddy Sled - 1st
prototype is 6'1 by 19' by 1'. It is a parabolic design with tiny red
ceder keels and a square tail. It is sealed with linseed oil/gum
turpentine and bees wax.
The first prototype was built here in Australia and I took her over to
Chile to test her out in some long peeling point breaks, unfortunately
the surf I had over there was not ideal, but the board still worked
To cut a long story short I ended up surfing at Renaca, a heavy, punchy,
beach break in central Chile. The Eddy Sled paddled slightly better
than a regular alaia, due to the increased buoyancy from the added
length width and improved directional control from the mini keels. The
real high point however, is the fact that in overhead heavy and hollow
waves, this alaia hybrid held in really well. It is still loose enough
to pull out a few sliding 360's, but plenty of hold when you need it
I really loved building and surfing this board and so does her new
owner, a Chilean bloke named Edwardo. I'm about to finish off another
board very similar to this but with a swallow tail for a slightly
Enjoy the photos and any queries just drop me an email.
James - check out Jame's blog for updates : kirisurfcraft.blogspot.com.au
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.