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New “All Around” SUP designs

New “All Around” SUP designs

If you have been thinking about building a hollow wood SUP and like “All Around” shapes, our “all around” line up of SUP’s is ready to build! The Buddha “all around” comes in three sizes: 12’ 5” x 34” x 260 liters of volume, 11’ 5” x 32” x 226 liters of volume and 11’ x 0” x 32” x 216 liters of volume. These shapes are designed to accommodate a wide range of paddler sizes and skills and can be a great option for building a highly versatile board.

dropped deck on VLZ 14' prototype race paddleboard

“Dropped Deck” VLZ 14’ x 23” Prototype

“Dropped Deck” VLZ 14’ x 23” Prototype

The dropped deck VLZ 14’ x 23” is a race board for those paddlers wanting the very fasted shape available in strip planked hollow wood construction. This is a very cutting edge design with a highly refined bottom shape which will product a fast and stable board for it’s 23” width. This is a board that is best suited for experienced builders and paddlers and is designed for primarily flatwater paddling.

foil board ready for glassing at Clearwood Paddleboards in Southern Oregon

“Takeaway’s” for 2018-Foils!

“Takeaway’s” for 2018-Foils!

A major “takeaway” so far from 2018 is that much is changing quickly in both touring/racing shapes, and in the surf scene, with the influx of foils, where both prone paddle and standup paddle surfers are now flying foils. An upside to learning to foil surf is that some otherwise un-rideable surf is now available to be ridden and is desirable in many ways. Slightly onshore or side shore winds are much less of a negative once the foil is flying. Although we haven’t “officially” launched our new foil specific board line up, it’s easy to see the direction foil boards are moving in terms of size….smaller is the key word here….the smaller the better. Of course, you still need to be able to paddle the board and foil, into a wave, so there is a practical limit to how small of a board any of us might be able to paddle.

Paulownia plantation

Paulownia Wood

Paulownia Wood

We continue to promote the use of paulownia wood for building strip planked SUP’s and other hulls being built using strip planked construction. I sometimes feel a bit guilty about voicing the merits of paulownia wood for strip planking in that Clearwood sells paulownia to many of our customers. But the fact is that paulownia wood is simply the very best material available if you want to build a light and strong hull. The weight to strength ratio is exceptional as well as its “workability” in the woodshop environment. We have found paulownia wood to be an easy to work wood that both cuts and sands cleanly. If you would like more information on paulownia tomentosa you can find it here: http://www.wood-database.com/paulownia/

Paulownia plantation

Paulownia tomentosa plantation

If you would like a free sample of paulownia wood, please contact us and we’ll get one right out to you.

Paulownia plantation

Building a Lightweight Board

Building a Lightweight Board

Building a lightweight hollow wood board of any style can be a challenge but, in the end, not that hard if you choose the “right” materials. The very best wood for building hollow wood boards is a species of wood called paulownia tomentosa. Pauownia t. has the perfect blend of weight and structure. Availability of this species in North America is limited but it is available on a limited basis (I import and resell paulownia t. on my website at http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/product/paulownia-lumber/). I always have it available for those hollow wood board builders that value a lightweight board. Paulownia tomentosa is approximately 2/3’s of the weight of many other commonly used species for strip planking hollow wood boards.