Monday, October 3, 2016

Mark Riley celebrates 20 years building Balsa Boards

Marks vision back in 1996 was to bring back the magic material of balsawood to relive the history and romance of the 1950's. Not only did Mark get swept away with the romance it was the physical properties of balsa with the strength to weight ratio that was extremely high which helped create boards that would last longer and never need to go to landfill. Every board is unique and hand built in Australia and stores carbon to help the environment.

Mark was recently fortunate to meet Ron Cansdell, who built about 150 balsa boards back in the 1950's.Mark had the pleasure of building and glassing a replica balsa board with Ron last month and also shared some great stories and photos with this icon of Australian surfing.
Mark would like to thank many people in helping him get to where he is today in this tough industry and he will do this with a celebration party at The New Sting Bar in Cronulla on the 13th October.

There will be pizza supplied, first release of his inaugural Papua New Guinea video including all info on the next trip to PNG to build a balsa board, all Aussie surf 80s rock beach music, lucky door prizes including a balsa board and Air Niugini tickets to PNG and many more prizes. Everyone is welcome to come down for a slice of pizza and action starting on Thursday 13th Oct at 6pm Sting Bar 3-7 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230
 A great effort Mark and we look forward to the next 20 years.
Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards
156 President Ave.,
Miranda 2228 NSW
Phone - 0412 376 464
Email -
Facebook -

No comments: