We aren’t much for bragging, but this is pretty SICK. From George Greenough himself, legendary surfboard shaper from New South Whales, Australia, has made our good friend David Baker (head of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue) their very own GARC rescue boat. A one-of-a-kind design and Wrightsville Beach is now home to the only one currently… Read more »
“Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports. Its purpose is to showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet as art and bring the public into the world of action sports.” So far they have gotten the finalist photos… Read more »
Another great article about Kelly Slater and his support for greener surf board here–> http://greenroomvoice.com/news/sima-encouraging-greener-surfboards/ Not only does Ian Balding Paddle and Surf support greener surfboard production but, we’ve been into these construction techniques for over ten years, and know that it performs. We’re glad to see this movement gaining some traction in a world where responsible, environmentally friendly techniques… Read more »
What a great article! Had to repost–> check it out http://www.surfermag.com/blogs/opinion/make-sure-it%e2%80%99s-still-surfing/
Check out the Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest streaming live HERE where the bet surfers in the world take on Teahupoo!
So with Shark Week being on all week some things are brought to the surface that goes deeper than just the fact that “we are entering into their world.” Shark week opens our eyes to the issues of overfishing and all the negative effects humans have on their environment…it’s great TV!
Check out these articles and videos…surfer Justin Barca is taking it into his own hands to defend Hawaii’s land against GMO testing to produce better fruit and veggie growth. Pretty interesting stuff and worth the fight thanks to people like Justin who cares enough to do something about it! http://www.surfingmagazine.com/blogs/baby-take-it-off-dustin-barca-gmo-combatant/ http://hawaiiseed.org/interview-about-gmos-in-hawaii-with-dustin-barca-video/
Yes…it is the most wonderful time of the year! Hurricane season is quickly approaching and we are starting to get a taste for bigger swell here on the East Coast. Check out the latest boards by Ian Balding Paddle & Surf @ianbalding.com or on Facebook! We are ready…are you?
For those of you who have not seen it yet, the documentary 180 Degrees South is spectacular! Following a man who decides to recreate the same trip the founders of Patagonia and North Face took 30 years ago and discovered North Face Mountain in Patagonia. Along the way he stops at Easter Island… Read more »
Joel Tudor, the grand master of style, started the Duct Tape Invitational to keep the old school style in surfing when shortboarding took over. This contest is host to the best longboarders from around the world, inviting only sixteen each year and traveling to some of the best breaks globally, The Duct Tape Invitational… Read more »
Sometimes it’s the small things in the surfing/beach life that bring stoke to your every day existence. Like a pair of fins and a handplane, or a paipo bodyboard and kicking out to get a few barrels. Or cross stepping down the street on a long skateboard. Don’t take these things for granted, or shun them because they… Read more »
Presented by Cucalorus, Surfalorus is surf film festival going on this weekend in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, N.C.! This is just the second time this festival is going on so make sure you make it out to at least one of the events. There will be a film showing each night and… Read more »
Do not miss out on the latest designs by Ian Balding Paddle and Surf! Our boards are gaining recognition for the custom craftsmanship and unique design of our “crossover” models that are hitting the waves as surfable SUP boards. Check out our website for our handcrafted boards. We can help you in choosing the right… Read more »
This July 12th-14th Sweetwater is hosting the 8th annual Pro-Am contest here in Wrightsville Beach, NC! Get down there to see some good surfing and grab some freebies! There will be tons of vendors down on the beach and the contest will start at 8am, head to www.wblivesurf.com for more details on entering the… Read more »
Finally, our number one most influential and well-known shaper is George Greenough! A living legend and most well-known for revolutionizing the shortboard and for his innovative knee board designs. Greenough grew up in Santa Monica, California and in 1998 he moved to New South Whales, Australia. Although George had been surfing since the… Read more »
Is it too much to say that Tom Blake single handedly transformed the sport of surfing from an ancient Polynesian practice into a 20th century lifestyle? It may be hard to find someone who does not agree with this statement because Tom Blake met the Duke himself, fell in love with surfing in the… Read more »
Another man on the fiberglass-and-foam surfboard building forefront is Hobie Alter, our #3 on the list of most well-known and influential surfboard shapers. Hobie was born and raised in Ontario, California and like others at the time, started shaping balsa wood surfboards in the early 1950’s. Once his parents grew tired of their front yard… Read more »
Bob Simmons AKA, The Father of the Modern Surfboard. Simmons is credited for combining the use of a foam core and fiberglass to shape surfboards. He started shaping “new aged ” models in the 1940’s that introduced a faster board by adding concaves, aspect ratios, optimum weight, scoops, and kicked nose design elements. Most… Read more »
Simon Anderson has earned the number five spot on the most well-known and influential surfboard shapers list for his contributions to surfboard designs by creating the “thruster,” the first three-fin design in 1980. Simon was born and raised on the Northern beaches of Sydney and prior to shaping Simon was busy putting all his efforts… Read more »
A name that everyone may recognize, leading the forefront of the shortboard revolution is Dick Brewer. Brewer was born in Minnesota, but by the age of 3 he was living in Long Beach, California where he first began surfing. By the age of 23 he had shaped his first board. In 1960… Read more »
Steve Lis has earned the spot of #7 on our most influential and well-known surfboard shapers list for his famous design, the fish. In 1967, in San Diego, California, Steve designed a 5’4″ blunt-nosed kneeboard in his garage. The board had a flat rocker and a split tail with twin fins. With fast… Read more »
The 8th spot on the list of the most well-known and influential surfboard shapers goes to Mike Diffenderfer, aka The Diff, a North Shore pioneer. Mike shaped his first board in 1951 out of balsa wood. Showing a raw talent in wood board building, The Diff became known as one of the finest craftsmen in… Read more »
The Campbell Brothers are famous for the “Bonzer” design in 1970, the first tri-fin board. The design had a long shallow, heavily canted fin set, opposed to what is now the traditional tri fin. They collaborated with Bing surfboards for a production run for a brief time through the early 70’s but were buried… Read more »
All lines drawn through the short board revolution go back to Bob Mctavish, an Australian born surfer/shaper who’s early “short board” influence came directly from his friendship with George Greenough, a ground breaking knee boarder and Santa Barbaran transplant to Byron Bay. Inspiration from George and feedback from test pilot, and Australia’s best surfer at the… Read more »
Check out the most recent video>Teahupoo Pumping of Teahupoo going off these past few weeks! Known for the heavy, glassy wave breaking offshore, Teahupoo attracts some of the world’s best surfers during times like these…
Prone paddle boarding is one of the toughest and most ocean-sensitive paddle sport. You know the feeling of a tough paddle out during a rough swell? Well imagine that, but for miles at a time like most of these prone paddlers do when racing. The sport is more popular on the shores of Hawaii and… Read more »
Are you prepared for hurricane season this year? We all know how stoked East Coast surfer’s get nearing the end of the summer so this year be ready! If this upcoming hurricane season turns out anything like the last you will not want to miss the swell…
Check out here what is currently going on in the shop here> IB Paddle & Surf Video. We are busy making everything from custom surfboards, race paddle boards, to hand planes. Follow us on Instagram @ianbalding as well as on Twitter @IB_SUP_Surf to stay updated on everytihng happening with Ian Balding Paddle & Surf…
MAY SALE!! $200 savings towards your custom SUP order in May, and $100 off your custom Surfboard… It’s springtime people! Are you ready for Summer?! Whether your into surfing, SUP surfing, or SUP racing… It’s time to get your orders in so your ready to get out on the water! Custom surfboards from performance shortboards… Read more »
Such an inspiration story about Mike Coots, a very well known surf photographer and once surfer who lost his leg to a tiger shark as a teenager. As an amputee victim Mike traveled to Boston after the Marathon Bombings to help newly wounded citizens who also lost a limb in the attack. Mike is part of a… Read more »
Paddleboard workout adds challenge Just when you thought the act of stand up paddling alone was hard enough, it gets intensified by adding on additional paddleboard workout routines to do on your SUP board. This article Paddleboard Exercises, is great for those who want to expand on the exercises they can do on a SUP board…. Read more »
It is time we give a shout out the men and women behind the cameras. Surf photography is a true art form that takes great skill and a sharp eye. With the invention of water tight camera housing came endless possibilities for photographers. As surf photography evolved the competition to get the best shot… Read more »
It is almost here!! Are you ready? Check out the website here>>http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/ to find out more details for the Carolina Cup. We will be there!
There is this irresistable draw to the North Carolina barrier islands that one may find themself experiencing, especially if you a fan of the water lifestyle. There are many of reasons why a typical waterman find themselve attracted to this region of country, one of the biggest is the surf. For being an East coast break… Read more »
For those of you who have not seen Jack McCoy’s most recent surf film, A Deeper Shade of Blue, you are missing out! Jack McCoy has been filming surf documentaries for over 30 years and has produced over 24 featured films. He travels to some of the most incredible surf spots where he gets… Read more »
Check out the band Mattson 2 and experience some great, easy “surf-jazz” listening … I know, no words but the music will speak for itself, trust me. This two man band is made up of twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson, with one on the guitar and other on drums, the two create memorable melodies that… Read more »
Just got back form Tortola, BVI…perfect paddle board and surfing destination, not to mention the diving and snorkeling possibilities. Look to see some of my boards down in this region soon!
Headed to Tortola tomorrow…the “hidden” gem of the British Virgin Islands. One of the most beautiful set ups on earth! Catch you all later!
Everyone needs to watch this film and do your part to clean up our environments and keep them that way. Our world has “progressed” so fast, all in the pursuit of money and wealth that we’ve taken our planet for granted. Our planet, along with any life form on it, is a gift. We are now the controllers of every species’… Read more »
This man is incredible…a true pioneer. He does everything! From innovative surf photography, wood working, surfboard designer, boat builder, and overall inventor. He is a serious waterman with passion for the ocean and when it comes to taking his remarkable skills and applying to the sea the man is a genius! Check out his website… Read more »
Traditional Carolina Craftsman… T.N. Simmons took inspiration and master carpentry skills and opened the oceans to small offshore power boats. Unknowingly Simmons originally built the “Sea Skiff” into what was, and still is regarded as one of the most seaworthy small crafts. A traditionalist, he stayed true to his carpentry roots, and shunned modern advancements in fiberglass and mass… Read more »
Keeping the focus on performance… in all areas of custom board building. From a balsa handplane, to a 5’8″ shortboard, to a 7’9″ wave SUP, to a 14′ or 16′ carbon race board, and everything else in between, we’ve got you covered. Get your custom order in and be ready for Spring, which is right… Read more »
Glassing room Cutting blanks out of EPS foam blocks The new shop is officially up and running! With more work and storage space we are hoping to see an increase in production! So check us out at www.ianbalding.com and get your orders in for the spring season! It is right around the corner…
Did you know that New Jersey was the first place surfing was introduced to on the east coast of America? Surprising, right… well this is a shout to all those surfers born and bread here on the east coast. It’s not that we get a bad rep (well maybe northerners do), but when it… Read more »
Big wave surfer, stand up paddler, and long time skier, Chuck Patterson has taken the term “water skiing” to a whole new level, better yet he has taken extreme water sports to a new level. Back in 2010 Chuck’s name starting circulating in the SUP and surf world for a video that went viral where… Read more »
For those of you who may not know them, Australian band, Boy and Bear are one of a kind. With a new spin on indie rock-folk music, they combine killer vocals, fun instruments like the banjo, and create an overall feel good rhythm. These guys are definitely worth checking out. Unfortunately you will not find… Read more »
I have always admired Wolfgang Bloch’s artwork, the simplistic and natural style is incredible. I have admired his innate ability to combine natural materials like wood with his paints and the outcomes are beautiful. Growing up in Ecuador, Bloch discovered the joys of surfing and was surrounded by coastal scenery that became inspiration for his… Read more »
The thought of a shark in the water as your surfing or stand up paddling might always be resting in the back of your mind, but with new tracking technology this curiosity can now be satisfied. It’s no surprise that there are great whites off the East Coast, U.S., they have been there for years,… Read more »
The Outer Banks of North Carolina have forever been a pristine natural environment. Since we as people were first captivated by the OBX, we’ve found ways to use it, enjoy it, exploit it, abuse it, neglect it, repair it, protect it, surf it, live on it, be trapped on it, vacation on it, and on and on… Read more »