Posts Tagged: surfboards

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 »

Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Contest

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This past Sunday Wrightsville Beach held it’s first SUP Surf Contest and it was phenomenal! We had 50 contestants enter the competition and the conditions couldn’t have been better. With such a successful event we hope this will not only become an annual event but start to spur more SUP surf contest on the East… Read more »

Billabong Pro Tahiti!

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  Check out the Billabong Pro Tahiti Contest streaming live HERE where the bet surfers in the world take on Teahupoo!    

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 @ianbalding.com or on Facebook! We are ready…are you?

Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Invitational

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         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 »

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 »

#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 »

Teahupoo, Tahiti

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      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…

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…

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 »