A tribute to surfings heritage. Balsa guns were built and ridden back in the day by big wave surfers and craftsmen like Pat Curren on the very first forays into the unknown at big wave spots like Waimea and Makaha. The technique of hand chambering each section of the board prior to finishing shaping was developed by the late Mike Diffenderfer (builder of truly fine surf craft) to fine tune the strength to weight ratio and ultimately achieve better performance. More modern materials have come into play, but there is still no better big wave gun than a Balsa. It’s over all natural.
More modern materials have come into play, but there is still no better big wave gun than a Balsa. It’s over all natural balance, when built properly is unmatched. Overall board weight and balance is paramount in these boards and each piece of wood is hand selected and strategically placed in the blank. I weigh each piece, hand chamber it and re-weigh it before re-glueing and finish shaping to make sure I’m going to hit my target finish weight. Planning and attention to detail is top priority here! I’m building two of these Balsas for test pilot Jamie Mitchell One of the frontiersmen brave enough to continue pushing the envelope of big wave surfing at spots like Jaws and on around the globe. Stay tuned as these continue to come to life!
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