I started building wood surfboards for several reasons:

  • I love surfing and surfboard building

  • I love the classic look of a wood surfboard

  • I wanted to build my own surfboard - but I knew from shaping foam blanks that its harder than you'd think to get a finished board that looks good and performs well.

The answer to was to figure out a way to make boards based on  proven shapes that could be built at home without exotic tools.  In other words, to make a surfboard that both looked and performed as well as its foam counterparts - but could be built by anybody.

On top of making a great board I get a big kick out of helping people 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 strangers on the beach stop to admire the board.

Our original plan book came out in 1996 and went through 11 revisions before it evolved into the current version that is in its 4th revision.  We keep learning!  Those first boards were made with rectangle ribs that were easy to make and didn't require templates.


We watched the market carefully and realized that the flat top deck boards are just not as popular as the domed deck boards.   Also, software and the internet have improved so much since our first book that we can now send full size rib templates that you can print out on your home printer.

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.

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 I chalked up to learning.  


Foam blanks have dominated the industry mainly because they are light and fairly cheap. They are also an environmental disaster! A surfboard made from sustainable source - like wood - was needed.

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 wasn't much information on them at the time so it was all trial and error.  I documented the process and lessons learned and eventually released my first book "Building a Hollow Wooden Surfboard".  Thousands of people built boards using those early plans and many of them made a business out of building wood surfboards.


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 now have more sophisticated models designed on a computer and the best instructions in the industry.

Jack. Young