In 1935 Tom Blake made a hollow surboard and put a fin on and surfing moved quicky ahead with many changes since.
Well, the hollow board has started to come back with technology advances, Weber is making chambered epoxy /styrene composites and Pope is making hollow epoxy boards and now many craftsmen are making chambered wooden boards again.
A good surfboard is regarded as a work of art, in this case a work of art – is a good surfboard.
Redhead regular David Chung met up with some other like minded Aussies and attended a mind blowing week on the NSW South coast making their own wooden boards under the guidance and trained eye and skilled hands of US craftsman Paul Jensen.
Here is a link to Paul Jensen’s blog, giving details of the process of building a wooden board.
Check out Paul Jensen’s Website: http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/
David’s new board detail:
Manna Fish 5’10” x 21″ x 2.5″ Built by hand October 2010 at Manna Park Merimbula Decks – Blackwood, Western Red Cedar and Paulownia Rails – Cork and Ply, Fins – Marine Ply Inspired by Steve Lis Designed by Paul Jensen Board Construction and Fins by David Chung Rails shaped by Jed Done Glassing by Jye Byrnes 45+ hours to build and a lifetime to enjoy.
David Chung’s wooden Board – Deck
David Chung’s wooden Board – Bottom.
Here is a collage of the week making the board :