Art For Surfers

Ode to Wood Surfboards

An 80 hour obsession with wood and surfing.


 Ode to Wood Surfboards

Having made many surfboards in my short surfboard building life (over ten years in), I have to say this was one of my all time favorite projects.

I got the blank from Mark, the creator of Crooked Blanks, after meeting him in New York where he shlepped a bunch of blanks to Central Park for me to touch and feel.

There is something special that happens when you work with wood, something magical in my case. I am not sure what it is?

I never did like ploughing through all those foam pieces—especially knowing the chemical trail behind each PU blank.

Wood however, now that is something different.

Once a tree.
Soon to be a surfboard.
And me.

Working with wood has a different quality to it, handling something that spent time slowly growing out of the ground makes one feel—well—alive.

As a shaper shapes a board he touches the material over and over, something about that wood just did it for me.

I like working with wood and I’ll be working with it more often.

Ode to wood.