Torsten Kofler from Brisbane recently did a surf trip with a group of mates to Tupira Mira Surf Club just north of Madang in PNG." During our stay we visited a village just south of Tupira called Tavulte to surf a left hand point break where we met up with the local groms who surfed homemade Paipos carved out of tree trunks. Here’s some photos. The kids were having a ball surfing these wooden boards on their bellies.
These surfing shots are by Ben Millington from an article he wrote in Niugini Blue. " The locals on Kairuru island about a two hour boat ride from Wewak on the northern coast of PNG carve their own solid wooden boards out of trees from the local bush."
Maybe the Hawaiians weren't the first to surf ?
Some of these kids had never seen a white man surf.
" By the way, the surf at Tupira Mira was some of the best I’ve ever experienced. For 3 days, the surf was head high and above and for the remaining 3 days it was chest to head high. There were only 5 of us surfing so crowds weren’t an issue. The locals gave us right of way on the waves and even hooted us onto some. Awesome."
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.