Posts Categorized: News

Hurricane Sandy

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  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

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  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 »

It’s Their World

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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 »

R.I.P Donald Takayama

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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 »

Classic Lines

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  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 Model

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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

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  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 »

From Scratch

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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 »

Ancient History

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“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 »