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Surfboard Crafting

Articles about surfboard crafting and other crafting in the surf industry. 

David Purser is co-founder of Surf Organic Boards. Otherwise known as The guys making surfboards from dehydrated mushrooms. We caught up with David to find out what's going on. The finished board. Glassed and ready to go. H. So. Where did the idea come from? And don't say 'mushrooms'. D. In 2013 we met Gavin and Alex from Ecovative Design at the boardroom show in Southern California and knew we had to be involved. We spent the next 6 months collaborating and getting a mould built. And the next year learning how to grow a 6' mushroom and glass it into...
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  The wave rears up behind you. You paddle, you kick, you stick one arm out and try to follow the curl with the piece of wood strapped to your hand. Surfing this ain't.   The art and craft of Handplaning has, like all surf sports, gone from obscurity to confused recognition to a careful science. And nowhere moreso than in Cornwall. It's not surprising. As the unofficial centre of surfing in the UK, Cornwall always sees the latest trend literally take shape. So during a summer laboured with one-too-many duckpond days, local surfers and shapers began whittling down bits of...
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Last year I decided that I would like to try (my two left hands) at shaping my own surfboard. This opportunity became available to me as I am lucky enough to have a close friend who is a surfer/shaper and has been for the last 30 years. It really is quite remarkable when you see the fifty something frothing more about getting wet in the 2-3ft cross wind slop than anyone else around.  I have had many boards from Steve (the shaper) and have loved them all, so one day Steve said to me “why don’t you give it a try?” ...
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  • Surfing Valentine's Cards ~ Now you can actually buy them!

      Surfers are sweet. Sometimes salty, but mostly sweet. And to prove it here are some surfing-themed Valentine's cards. You can buy them from our Zazzle shop. Or if you're skint, just copy and paste one of the images below onto your Valentine's Facebook page. If that doesn't do the trick, they clearly have no feelings. Click on any image to view it in the shop.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 01 February 2016
  • Six Species of Surfer

      Admit it. We're a weird bunch. Here are six of the creatures you'll find yourself mingling with in the line up.   (Illustrations by Andi Pratt. Check out more of his crazy work here and on Instagram.)     And all together:       So which one are you? Or are you a different beast entirely? Let us know in the comments below.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 11 January 2016
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