About Wood Surfboard Plans
My background - My Passion
I built my first surfboard in 1963 right about
the time the surfing lifestyle was exploding
here in Southern California.  Over the
years I've shaped and glassed many
different styles of boards. Some were
really great and others, well, they floated.  
Foam blanks have dominated the industry
mainly because they are light and fairly
cheap. They are also an environmental
disaster! I had the idea for a hollow
wooden surfboard in the back of my mind
for several years before I actually started
building one. There weren't any kits for
them so it was all trial and error.  After
taking several years off to help start and
build Wood Surfboard Supply I'm back
doing what I really love - designing and
writing. We've now have more
sophisticated models designed on a
computer and the best instructions in the
industry.
I wrote these books for several reasons:
  • I love surfing and surfboard building
  • I love the classic look of a wood surfboard
  • I wanted to prove a wood board could perform as well as a foam board.
  • The whole process of blowing foam surfboard blanks is an environmental nightmare. An
    environmentally friendly process was needed.
The main reason though, I get a big kick out of teaching people how to build their own
surfboard. I never tire of seeing their look of pride when they catch their first wave on it.  
There's also the fun of having people come up to you on the beach and admire the board.

Our original book first came out in 1996 and has gone through at least 11 revisions.  We
watched the market carefully and realized that the flat top deck boards are just not as popular
as the domed deck boards.   While we still believe that a flat top board is best for a SUP we
have replaced the flat top ribs on the other boards for the newer, computer designed ribs.

By the way, we know that the main complaints about wood boards are weight and durability.  We
got both those things under control and I show you how in the book. And when you do retire the
board it goes on display not in the garage rafters.
Got questions or comments?  Email me any time at
jack@woodsurfboardplans.com
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