Dave is a big guy at 6ft 7" and 130 kg so he wanted a big board to fill out his quiver. So I built him a 7ft 6" x 26" board at 80 litres. Here he is tonight picking it up to get glassed on the Sunshine Coast. His normal board is a 7ft 6" x 22 1/2" short board from Sunova at 48 litres. He might be big but he can surf. Thats a 5ft 6" x 19" I have that is just oiled in Lanolin. Very light with 3mm skins top and bottom. I am taking it to New Zealand in a couple of weeks for the first Fish Fry over there at Waipu Cove.
These two are all taped up with fins marked for boxes to be routed in. 5ft 6" x 22" hydro simmons and a 6ft x 22" fish with the same bottom contours in the middle and rear with a slight rolled entry in the nose.One of these may end up in New Zealand as well.
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.