The Wooden Board Day at Currumbin Alley this year (2013) was a stand out. Over 100 wooden boards of all shapes and sizes were dusted off and put on display by their proud creators and owners. It was an absolute pearler of a day with 2' - 3' of swell, light offshore, sunny, temps in the mid 20's and about a million people out in the lineup at the Alley.
This was my second Wooden Board Day and I had my 7'6" Big Guy Nugget "Fat Rick" on show. I have to say there was big time board envy on my part. The quality of craftsmanship put into all the boards on show was sublime. Wooden Board Nirvana!
It was great to see some of the legends of shaping and surfing present like Tom Wegener, Dick Van Straalen, Richard Harvey and 84 year old Barry Regan. A good commercial representation also from Firewire, Dovetail Surfboards, Surfing Green, DVS and a raft of other board builders. A big thanks to Grant Newby for organising the day. Awesome job!
A couple of Timber Tek models from Firewire. These boards were attracting a lot of attention. Who said wooden boards aren't performance boards?
Grant Newby's 10' Alley Slider finished with lanolin. I took this baby out for a couple of waves. Very nice.
Some Bill Wallace toothpicks from Cameron Byron. Tom Wegener chewing the fat with some wooden board enthusiasts. These boards are amazing to watch in the surf. They get onto waves even before the SUP's do. An interesting fact about the stainless steel handles on these boards. Not for dragging the board on the beach. They are for pushing (punching) the board nose out through big surf.
A very nice quiver from Craig of Nimbin. Some Nuggets, a fish and an egg. Sounds like breakfast. The wood inlays on these boards are stunning. BTW two of these boards are for sale.
A DVS creation.
84 year old Barry Regan from Ballina has been shaping for 50 years.
A CNC creation from Mike Grobelny of NZ. Bamboo deck skin over a paulownia body.
A nice selection of boards from Geoff and Jack Moase at Dovetail Surfboards.
Grant Newby going over the finer design details of his latest Mini Simmons creation.
Firewire Timber Tek creations. Lots of interest in these babies.
I swear Grant Newby has a Mini Simmons breading program going on.
Longboards, longboards and more longboards!
This is a 16' toothpick built by Tom Wegener of Noosa this year. A modern spin on an old design.
The board leaning on the tree branch is one of Tom Wegener's 18' longboard creations. The fin on this board is huge.
A 9' pintail from the Purveyer of Salty Sleds.
The "Godfather" Richard Harvey (in white hat) talking about his balsa wooden board kits. These boards are unbelievably light in weight. You can pick this board up with two fingers.