When I first started designing these surfboards and SUPs, I had no idea that it would grow into such a great avenue to connect woodworkers, shapers, and water lovers everywhere. Some of my first boards were built for a Surf Rider Foundation fundraiser auction in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and this is where my designs really began to get noticed. What started as building boards for myself turned into much more; a website, a book, and lots of new friends all over the world.
I found that most people who wanted a Hollow Wood Surfboard didn't want to buy one, they wanted to BUILD one! After receiving many requests to share my plans, I finally got enough material together to make my books and several plans available. Now I get pictures and messages from people all over the world STOKED to be making their own surf gear. There is nothing like turning a pile of wood into a beautiful surfcraft and gliding across the water on it!
Why did I do it? I wanted to build and ride my own creations and I wasn't happy with most construction methods available. Some had too many pieces and minimal rail material, so you couldn't really smooth the rails out or shape them properly without making them too thin. Others were too heavy or flat.
I was determined to develop a better method. I discovered I could build up the rails using just 4 triangular strips per rail, which makes the build process much easier, faster, and consistent. The extra stock gives the builder more freedom when shaping without adding excess weight. PLUS, I have developed a built in SPOON NOSE on the hollow boards, DOMED DECKS, AND VEE-TAILS, unlike other hollow surfboard plans that are flat and featureless. These boards are designed to create consistent shapes that will perform and last!
My E-book "Building Your Hollow Wood Surfboard" gives a full explanation of my construction method, along with concept and layout, and a complete guide covering the tools and processes needed to construct your own Hollow Wood Surfboard or SUP Stand Up Paddle Board. This digital version allows you to have high resolution images that you can zoom in on for extra detail that you can't get from a printed book. You can buy and download the Book and Plans in my Store, on Etsy. Or, if you prefer, full size PRINTED plans can be ordered on eBay and have them shipped to your door.