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Kneeboard Tail block Shaping

Announcing a new online forum for hollow wooden SUP and surfboard builders

Announcing a new online forum for hollow wooden SUP and surfboard builders

Kneeboard tail block shaping

Kneeboard tail block shaping

Many of you may be familiar with the TreetoSea forum which has been the primary forum used by many hollow board builders over the last decade or so, to share ideas and learn about the process of building hollow wooden boards. The Tree2Sea forum was a great place to learn and share for many years. Unfortunately, the administrator of the Tree2Sea forum has not continued to manage the site, and consequently, it has degraded into a “spamfest” with very little new information being posted.

Wood Leash Plugs & Vent Body sets

Free vent/leash plug set offer!!

Free vent/leash plug set offer!!

Free vent/leash plug set with the purchase of any SUP frame kit!!

Wood Leash Plugs & Vent Body sets

Vent/leash plug set

All hollow wood SUP’s and surfboards need to have a vent and a leash connection point. When we first started building hollow boards we tried a few different options for these components. We damaged one board after a GoreTex vent crusted over with salt build up and failed to release pressure quickly enough to prevent board damage. The damaged board experience convinced us that a mechanical vent, which would only fail if we forgot it, was the sure solution to venting a hollow board. Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote about the importance of venting hollow SUP and surfboards. Now, when you buy any SUP frame kit you will receive FREE a vent/ leash set with a value of $55.

Paulownia plantation

Paulownia Wood Lumber

Paulownia Wood for Strip Planking

Paulownia Plantation

Paulownia plantation

Paulownia wood for strip planking is a topic important for building strong and light boards. We have discussed paulownia wood for strip planking hollow wood SUP’s and surfboards in the past and now I want to make a few more points about how perfect this wood is for strip planking.  I should first make it clear that I sell paulownia lumber on my website, so I obviously have a stake in promoting the use of paulownia wood for strip planking. But the reason I sell paulownia is because I believe that paulownia is by far the best wood available for strip planking hollow wood SUP’s, surfboards and kayaks. 

Randy and friend on ocean surf SUPs

Surfing Culture and New SUP Surfers

Surfing Culture and New SUP Surfers

Surfing and the culture that has evolved around surfing is unlike most other sports activities. The venues are coastal, which means that the sport is not available to those not within driving distance of the ocean. And then, not all ocean beaches produce waves that are good for surfing. The options on any given day can be very limited. And then there is the etiquette in the lineup itself. For the uninitiated this can be quite a daunting set of obstacles to overcome.

Randy Bogardus riding his own handmade ocean surfboard SUP

Choosing the Correct Board for the Surf Zone

Choosing the Correct Board for the Surf Zone

Choosing the correct board for the surf zone or prone paddle surfing can be a daunting task for new surfers. In fact, with the huge range of choices, it can be a daunting task for any surfer. The range of conditions that we typically surf can be quite varied and it’s difficult to find one board that is perfect for all conditions. The starting point when picking a new board is to consider the “typical” conditions you will be surfing and your level of experience riding waves.