Entries are officially open for the 2014 @ByronBaySurfFestival Surf Shorts Film Comp presented by @GoPro. This year we’ve upped the ante on prizes, sponsorship and media coverage including a GoPro cash/prize package of $3000 and more. The clip time limit is TEN minutes and the theme ‘Citizens of the Sea’. Also is a new ‘democratic’ online voting format; the most voted wins! So, the earlier you enter, the more time you have to accumulate votes and to be featured with our worldwide media partners and all social network platforms. Everything weird & wonderful welcome.
I was sent a link to this amazing work of art and labour of love, that I needed to share with you.
500 little strips of Cedar, Paulownia and 2mm pieces of Jarrah
" With the design, I work out what I want when I'm finished & then break the board down into key parts (rocker, outline, girth, rails, concaves, deck, etc). I make a custom-wood template of the rocker, outline & girth. I'm not sure if this is a good way to go about building a board it but it works for me. "
" With this board I drew templates of what I thought a traditional hotcurl would look like & then I tried to improve on the design a little bit (I'm not sure if I did or not)... e.g. I tried to keep the tail section of the board flat (1 - 2 ft in from the tail) before merging it into the tail/fin to try and give the board extra stability."
There are some very talented people out there and Elliot Johnson is one of them for sure. The skill , planning and exicution of a project like this is huge.Inspiring stuff.
I recently built a wooden Hydo Simmons SUP for Haris Zambarloukos, BSC who grew up in
Nicosia, Cyprus, an island outside of Greece. He is a well known
cinematographer based in London , who loves his surfing and travels the
world for his work and his board travels with him.It was a great
experience to build this board for Haris.He loves wooden boards and has a couple of others already.
This is Haris with his Otter 9’ SUP which is 9’ x 28'’ and 110 litres in Red Cedar and Mahogany pinlines.
Having fun at Witches Rock in Costa Rica
This is the 8ft x 28" SUP I built him in Portugal
This is of the 8’6” Otter which has a hybrid Carbon deck, S glass bottom and wooden nose and tail block
"This is the detail of my Vince Balsa wood 7’ Disko from Bali.
Thomas Scott from Rio - Brazil who has made some great looking boards from agave has just sent me some shots of his latest board made from the braches of the Buiriti Palm tree. He said it is very light weight.
Great to see someone experimentin g with different woods and processes. Thanks Thomas.
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.