The 5th Annual Chucktown Showdown

By Ian Balding | August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 5th annual Chucktown Showdown race in Charleston, SC is right around the corner. Mark it on your calendar for September 16th! The race will benefit Surfers Healing of Folly Beach, South Carolina. The SUP event includes three separate races: The Harbor Course (9 miles), The Battery Course (4 miles), and The Kids SUP Race (1… Read more »

Dreaming of the Caribbean

By Ian Balding | August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the end of summer is nearing its way, it’s safe to say that it has us all dreaming of the Caribbean. The surfing season may be coming to a close in most locations, but in the Caribbean it’s just gearing up. This area of the world is known for having incredible surf in the… Read more »

Sea Paddle NYC 2017

By Ian Balding | August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Sea Paddle NYC is a worldwide SUP charity event that serves as the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance primary fundraiser. The 25-mile race was established in 2007 and takes place in one of the largest cities of the world, New York City. The race includes both Prone and SUP divisions with elite paddlers participating. The paddlers… Read more »

River Surfing on a Tuna

By Ian Balding | June 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Each board could tell a story of it’s own. From the waves it glides on to the rider, all factors come together to give it character. We build our boards to tell the story you wish, and so you can take it anywhere you find waves. Paul Gauvreau shares his experience with our Tuna model… Read more »

Paddlers and business

By Ian Balding | March 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

We are passionate paddle boarders who make our living building, renting or racing these wonderful types of watercraft. We wanted to take a moment to share a little story including out friend Jarrod Covington down at Wrightsville SUP, and another local business, Tama Tea. Check out: Fueling a passion After a rental session of one… Read more »

Serious Training for Serious Paddlers

By Ian Balding | March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like any mainstream sport, to excel in paddling, you need to train, condition, and train some more. Getting to the podium is no easy accomplishment and it is getting increasingly more difficult in the Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington Community. From organizations like the Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club to the Wrightsville SUP Junior Elite Paddle… Read more »

Border Crossing…on a SUP

By Ian Balding | March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The boundaries of extreme sports these days are being pushed to limits never even thought possible less than a decade ago. From big wave surfing to moto surfing, the dreams and accomplishments of these extreme athletes are tremendous. In pursuit of following the wake of old viking ships, Casper Steinfath, a world renowned paddler, decided… Read more »

Ocean Lover Personal Safety

By Ian Balding | February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the spring season approaches, some beach goers are beginning to wonder if this season will bring about as many shark encounters as we’ve seen in the recent past. From black and white color schemed boards and suits to electronic deterrent devices, there are legitimate worries that entrepreneurs and scientist alike are trying to put to… Read more »

Great Photos for your self diagnosed case of the Mondays

By Ian Balding | February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you re in the office or in the field and just cant seem to get into the groove, take a minute to look at the pictures at the other end of the link below. They will make us dream, and gaze off into the abyss, but they will also remind us why we work… Read more »

Eastern Surf Magazine Photo Contest

By Ian Balding | January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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It’s no secret. There have been some pretty good swells in the water over the last month or so up and down the East coast. If you follow your favorite photographers on social media, you must have seen the amazing photos. Eastern Surf Magazine has an awesome photo contest going for shots taken in the… Read more »

Welcome to Ian Balding's blog where you can find the latest happenings and events in the Surf & SUP industry or read up on some informational posts on custom board building. Web surfers can find very helpful information about boards in general. As various orders go through the building process, we like to share some off the steps and processes with our followers.