Posts Tagged: custom

Best Surfboard For Beginners

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Got the surfing bug? So you caught your first wave and you are stoked on surfing!  Or maybe you just stumbled across a surf mag laying around a friends house and you just couldn’t pry your eyes from the pages. However it happened for you, you’ve been bitten by the bug, and like most who’ve… Read more »

2017 Carolina Surf Film Festival

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   The 2017 Carolina Surf Film Festival will be held in beautiful Wilmington N.C., October 13-14, at  Watermans Brewing Company. The festival will have something for everyone, including surf films, craft beer,  delicious food, giveaway prizes, music, and more! If you’ve never been to Watermans Brewing Company you’re in for a treat. Watermans Brewing recently opened and is ready… Read more »

Choosing a Board for Surf Travel

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  Summer doldrums interrupted by the occasional feathery swell can make us all a bit salty when we think about the lack of recent surf sessions. When daily checks of your preferred forecasting website yield nothing but the same old dismal results, one cannot help but to get online and see what flights are going… Read more »

Fall Sale!!

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Fall is upon us, which means cooler weather, more waves, and goodbye to the Summer crowds. It also means custom Surfboard and SUP savings!! $200 off your next custom SUP order and $100 off of any custom surfboard order!! Hurry… the first two orders get a BONUS- handmade, Cypress and Walnut bodysurfing handplane!!

Hurricane Season!

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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 or on Facebook! We are ready…are you?

Custom Surfboards and Paddelboards

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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 »

#1 George Greenough

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    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 »

#2 Tom Blake

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  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 »

#3 Hobie Alter

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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 »

#4 Bob Simmons

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  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 »

#5 Simon Anderson

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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 »

#7 Steve Lis

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    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 »

#8 Mike Diffenderfer

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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 »

#9 The Campbell Brothers

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  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 »

#10 Bob McTavish

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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 »

Prone Paddle Boarding

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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 »

Hurricane Season Around the Corner

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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 it out…

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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!

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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 »

Be Ready For Spring!

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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 »

New Shop!

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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 and get your orders in for the spring season! It is right around the corner…