Our Promise To You

My Environmental Promise: I use Forest Stewardship Council certified woods or woods salvaged from downed trees. All boards are glassed with epoxy resin which is cleaner for our environment and emits 50-75% less Volatile Organic Compounds than polyester resin. In my shop I have moderate ventilation and no need for a mask when glassing. Epoxy is lighter and stronger than polyester. My wood boards are nearly indestructible and should last a lifetime. Each board is quality crafted for strength, durability and concern for our environment.

My Satisfaction Promise: Ride your board for 30 days. If you don't like it, return it.

CONTACT: Dan Johnston BlindDogSurfboards@yahoo.com Tom Allen (01-404-229-4223) TraditionSurfboards@gmail.com

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Jan 2, 2015

6' Surfboard Bar Top

Just started this project for Rebecca. I suspect it could be surfed, nice 10" FCS fin box installed, but rather lacks rocker, meaning zero rocker meaning it would be a great skim board or place to rest a few Blue Moons or Tres Equis. Rebecca wanted me to glass-in paper money from her trips to Costa Rica, Barbados,and  Nicaragua,  Nicaragua 20 feels like waxed paper/plastic. Really interesting. It will have a Paua shell inlay turtle and dog paws on-the-nose as do all my boards. Actually the board has a rather good shape.

Pictures posted shortly.

Cutting planks for top deck

First glue up on top deck with ribs in place.

Gluing rail sides to ribs and top deck.

More clamps, never have enough clamps.

More to come shortly.

Sep 14, 2014

"What does a wood board feel like to surf?"

 I get that question rather often. Usually I'll offer: Doesn't flex like foam (no kidding), crank a bottom turn and you'll go where you point it, power moves from your feet right into the wave. I can see when I've lost them their eyes glaze over, so how do you describe something completely different? I suspect HWS boards are more akin to skis, each has it's pucker factor.

The other night, nothing really good on TV, while Googling wood surfboard, I found Flying A Surfboards out of Carpentaria, California ( http://flyingasurfboards.blogspot.com/ ). Josh builds beautiful balsa boards but what intrigued me most was his description of how to define riding a wood boards. He said: Positive Directional Feel. I might add to that with Mobility.

What I also found interesting was Josh saying, "There is a wooden surfboard renaissance going on.".  What I also found interesting was Josh adding, "There is a wooden surfboard renaissance going on.". I've really never thought about what we are creating a new way to connect with surfing roots in a modern way. Some builders are doing solid balsa or Paulownia boards, some are doing chambered boards, others foam core with wood decking, and others are spar and rib technique - like what Josh and I do . What I find interesting is we all share the same desire to build with our hands with materials nature provides in a way that is good for our environment and that offers a unique surfing experience.

And don't make fun of my hat....