Celebrating a centenary of surf riding on wood.
PUNCH MAGAZINE FIRST PUBLISHED A CARTOON OF A SURF RIDER USING A PRONE WOODEN BOARD IN THE SUMMER OF 1914. JUST
BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR 1.
SURF HISTORIANS USED TO THINK THAT THE WOODEN SURF RIDING BOARDS ARRIVED IN ENGLAND AFTER WW1 BUT THE PUNCH CARTOON
PROVES THAT SURF RIDING EXISTED BEFORE THE WAR
Mr Punch boards measure approximately 120 cms tall by 29 cms wide by 0.7 cms thick.
Our boards are significantly lighter weight and more slimline than the cheaper birch ply belly boards. Original crest rider boards also have a little more flex and buoyancy.
Unlike the traditional bellyboards that are made from sheets of manufactured birch or marine ply and then steam bent, our boards are made from individual layers of hand selected hardwood ply and shaped in a bespoke press. We use this process to give a more consistent and longer lasting nose rocker. The steam bent process affects the glues used in the manufactured ply so the nose rocker in steam bent boards will usually flatten over time. Having used the birch ply belly boards for over forty years we've been amazed and thrilled to discover how much better the gaboon ply boards ride the waves and how much lighter they are to carry.