People travel thousands of miles to experience beautiful views and good surf. Places like The Outer Banks here in North Carolina are often forgotten and do not gain the recognition that it should worldwide. How many places in the U.S. alone are you able to sit on a beach and find yourself just feet away from… Read more »
As a personal fan of the Gudauskas brothers, I wanted to share with everyone this great trio. Born and raised in San Clemente, California these boys have taken both competitive surfing and leisurely play to a new level. With unique style and pure love for the sport, these three are definitely worth keeping an eye… Read more »
Brand new balsawood and epoxy handplanes available. Also available in EPS foam and epoxy. If you like getting barreled, there simply is no better way to do it more often. Get your order in and feel free to customize too. Prices range from $195-$225.
Taking an old set of trucks to make a new skateboard made of reclaimed walnut, cypress, and heart pine wood! #recycled #reuse #skateboard #wood #custom
I first came across Shaw Lakey’s artwork about eight years ago when I saw a huge angelfish hung up on a friend’s wall. He told me Shaw was a local fisherman, diver, wave-rider, and artist. I checked out his work and was blown away! It’s completely inspired by his love for the ocean. I met… Read more »
Growing up on the Jersey shore holds a ton of great surfing memories for me. When Hurricane Sandy traveled up the coast, my new home of Wilmington, N.C., like every other beach on the East coast, lit up. As surfers, we are so used to cheering on the hurricanes and going towards them instead of running… Read more »
Get ready to really ride some barrels this year with new foam and wood hand planes and paipo boards. I’ve been making these for years, and now in an effort to reduce more waste from larger projects I’m going to start producing these for more people to enjoy the fun of different kinds of wave… Read more »
The new facility is just about finished, with 2 rooms built out of recycled lumber…could not be more stoked about the new space. More space meaning more production!!
“The Duke” as he’s most commonly referred to is, and always will be revered as the world’s most influential surfer. The Duke is credited with many things, but most importantly to us a surfers he is credited as the one who brought surfing “the sport of kings” to the world. Duke gained initial recognition through… Read more »
Kelly started his career in Cocoa Beach Florida, which is probably the last place the surfing world would have thought one of the worlds most influential surfers would come from. As a teenager he was the East coasts great hope when it came to competitive surfing. Like me, I think all East coasters were keenly aware of… Read more »
Laird gained early notoriety as the adopted son of Billy Hamilton, one of the North Shores early stand out surfers back in the 60’s and 70’s. Laird first stepped into the international spotlight by surfing Pipe and paddling prone paddleboards on long journeys. One of the most infamous journeys being the first to prone paddle the English… Read more »
Tom is not only one of the surfing worlds most influential surfers, he’s one of the surfing worlds most influential people. Tom Blake is credited with so many surfboard advancements… the first fin, hollow board construction, the first sail board…just to name a few. On top of all of his advancements he also brought the… Read more »
Tom is one of the most influential surfers in history due to STYLE…Tom grew up surfing Rincon and the points surrounding Santa Barbara, California. He is the son of Pat Curren, infamous surfboard shaper and one of the original crew members to surf Waimea Bay. Tom grew up in the early 80’s when professional surfing… Read more »
Greg Noll, otherwise known as “The Bull” is on the list for a number of reason, but first and fore most would be his big wave notoriety. Greg pushed big wave surfing to new heights in Hawaii. He was one of the first to surf Waimea Bay, a previously feared and unridden wave. Then came… Read more »
Miki was one of the original surf stars. Famous not only for his stand out surfing at Malibu in the late 1950’s through the 60’s, he is probably just as memorable for his shady character. Through his recognition in the water Miki gained access to many different worlds including, but not limited to Hollywood, where he… Read more »
Gerry Lopez was simply the most influential surfer to come out of the 70’s. He surfed Pipeline with the smoothest style and grace that has not been matched since. Surfers to this day aspire to Gerry’s stature. He was a co-founder of Lightning Bolt Surfboards in the 1970’s, the most prestigious label of the day…. Read more »
Joel Tudor has been credited with reviving the style of classic longboarding, which he has, but if you look a little further you will realize that Joel is also one of the best tube riders ever. He does not just do it on longboards either…single fins guns, eggs, retros…he rides them all with style. He is… Read more »
We are going to run down a top 10 list of our all-time most influential surfers and we want to know your thoughts. Leave a comment or “like” on Facebook if you agree or let us know your personal picks. The criteria was…impact.
In the number ten slot is Lisa Anderson. There have been trailblazing women surfers before Lisa, but in my opinion no female surfer took as big of a step or has left as big of an impression. She did it with a smooth, polished, yet feminine surfing style. Of course it didn’t hurt her that… Read more »
As a lover of all paddle crafts, this video struck a chord aroundtime this year. So I thought I’d share it. There’s some great open ocean race footage that really gives you a look at how serious this race is. Not to mention the big props to all of the support efforts for the paddlers…. Read more »
Tom Curren’s name has always been synonymous with smooth, stylish surfing, but check out his new video for a little slice of the California vibe. It made me want to hop on a plane for an overdue visit back to my home away form home. Check out the music video here –>Summerland Road by… Read more »
Did you know that Wrightsville Beach made the list of the top 20 best surf towns in the world! Pretty amazing right? I am so proud to call this place my home. I originally started my journey in my home state of New Jersey and then moved out to the West Coast. I have been… Read more »
Coming up next weekend, on Saturday November 17, the annual Surf to Sound paddle board race will take place. This is a big event for paddle boarders, as well as, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington NC. “Extreme paddlers will perform a surf start, brave the open Atlantic Ocean, battle through Masonboro Inlet straits, navigate the… Read more »
With the winter season approaching we may find ourselves paddling out less and less. Dealing with the cold water and weather is not the ideal surfing circumstances, but paddle boarding does not slow down. Here in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, N.C. you can find paddle boarders cruising around the sound all year round. With races… Read more »
“Kids in Polynesia have been holding pieces of driftwood to plane across waves for years. Some hand planes were being sold as far back as the late 1970s (including a rubberised “hand ski” produced in New Zealand), and some surfers have been shaping their own, mostly wooden, DIY devices since then. But it’s only in… Read more »
While we got great surf here in Wrightsville Beach NC and no devastation from Hurricane Sandy, other regions were not so fortunate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the coastal regions up and down the East coast that were affected by Sandy. Here are some photos of the destruction in OBX… mother nature should… Read more »
Ben Bourgeois, two-time WCT ranked professional surfer, surfing pre Hurricane Sandy in Shackelford Banks, NC. Along with his two new Benny B. Models, designed and shaped by Ian Balding. This board is a blend of performance surfboard attributes with stand up paddle board glide. The board’s double concave with vee through the tail and… Read more »
This past Tuesday a 39 year old man was killed by a Great White shark while surfing off the coast of Santa Barbara. Experts say that it was most likely the surfer was mistaken as prey by the shark, this is a common conclusion. Great Whites sharks come closer into the shore to hunt and… Read more »
The surfing world lost an “original child prodigy” this past Monday. The master Hawaiian craftsman Donald Takayama passed away at the age of 68. The legend started surfing at the age of seven and began shaping boards soon after. He is considered one of the greatest board rider and shaping pioneer in the industry and… Read more »
Stumbled across this old wooden Harkers Island and was taken aback by its classic lines and found some inspiration in it so I thought I would share a little piece of this Carolina coastal history with everyone.
The Simulator surf model, from shaping room to surf. This new twist on an old design is perfectly suited for a performance SUP surfing.
My goal in paddleboard building is like my goal as a surfboard builder, which is to create fresh designs. Whether I am pulling from the past and modernizing or developing an entirely new design, I believe form is always a close follower to function. When it comes to stand up paddle boarding my objective… Read more »
I find that shaping stand up paddle and surf boards is much more of an art form than anything else. After spending about ten years using only wood to build my boards I have switched over to recycled EPS foam more recently. I hand-cut out the blanks and start this process from the very beginning, making… Read more »
“But a diversion the most common is upon the Water, where there is a very great Sea, and surf breaking on the Shore. The Men sometimes 20 or 30 go without the Swell of the Surf, & lay themselves flat upon an oval piece of plan about their Size and breadth, they keep their legs… Read more »