About Wood Surfboard Plans
My background - My Passion
I built my first surfboard in 1963 right about
the time the surfing lifestyle was exploding
here in Southern California.  Over the years
I've shaped and glassed many different
styles of boards. Some were really great
and others, well, they floated.  Foam blanks
have dominated the industry mainly
because they are light and fairly cheap.
They are also an environmental disaster! I
had the idea for a hollow wooden surfboard
in the back of my mind for several years
before I actually started building one. There
weren't any kits for them so it was all trial
and error.  After taking several years off to
help start and build Wood Surfboard Supply
I'm back doing what I really love - designing
and writing. We've now have more
sophisticated models designed on a
computer and the best instructions in the
I wrote these books for several reasons:
  • I love surfing and surfboard building
  • I love the classic look of a wood surfboard
  • I wanted to prove a wood board could perform as well as a foam board.
  • The whole process of blowing foam surfboard blanks is an environmental nightmare. An
    environmentally friendly process was needed.

The main reason though, I get a big kick out of helping people build their own surfboard. I never tire of
seeing their look of pride when they catch their first wave on it.  There's also the fun of having people
come up to you on the beach and admire the board.

Our original book first came out in 1996 and has gone through at least 11 revisions.  Those first boards
were made with rectangle ribs that were easy to make and didn't require templates.  We watched the
market carefully and realized that the flat top deck boards are just not as popular as the domed deck
boards.   Also, software and the Internet have improved so much since our first book that we can now
send full size rib templates that you can print out on your home printer.

By the way, we know that the main complaints about wood boards are weight and durability.  We got
both those things under control and I show you how in the book. And when you do retire the board it
goes on display not in the garage rafters.
Got questions or comments?  Email me any time at
  • Surfboard Plans
  • Glassing and Fin Kits
  •  Accessories
  • Total Support
9' 6" x 30" SUP
9' 8" x 22 3/4"
Trestles Cruiser
My first wood
board in 2006
My last
foam board