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“The Beach House” part of the Story “The Beach House” The “The Beach House” was always a magical place for me and my brothers and nephews. On the windy dunes north of Lincoln City, Oregon, well before there were many houses, and near what is now Roads End State Park, we ran wild (outdoors where the grownups w…

Rogue 8′ 4″ Performance Surf SUP

Rogue 8′ 4″ Performance Surf SUP The Rogue 8′ 4″ performance surf sup has been an interesting adventure for me. My first surfs on it left me a bit confused about what I had just created. It took a number of sessions to figure out that the Rogue isn’t a longboard style ride! My experience with short boards i…

Hollow Wood SUP and Surfboard Structures

Hollow Wood SUP and Surfboard Structures with Integrity Hollow SUP’s, surfboards and prone paddleboards that are built from strips of wood over a light framework all have one thing in common; a semi monocoque structure. What is a semi monocoque structure? Think of an aircraft fuselage or wing on most aircraft …

Sustainability in SUP and surfboard production

Sustainable SUP and Surfboard Production Building a hollow wood SUP can be a great way to build a board with a low carbon footprint. Tom Blake started building hollow wood paddleboards in California the 1930’s and they were the standard surf rescue craft for several decades. The good news is that hollow wood S…

17′ Unlimited Length Standup Paddleboard

17′ Unlimited  Length Standup Paddleboard         The 17′ Unlimited length SUP board by Clearwood is now ready for production after a year of designing, building and testing. We’ve been paddling the board in a wide range of conditions varying from glassy flatwater to wind chop, and in…

Wood SUP Paddle Making

Wood SUP Paddle Making Getting Ready for Glue Up At this point in the process you will have your paddle shaft glued up and milled to size (1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″). This is the point in the process where you will cut the long miter in the shaft that will form the bend at the blade end of the paddle. I’ve created a si…

Wood SUP Paddle Making

Wood SUP Paddle Making Making your own wood SUP paddle starts with using the right materials and getting your paddle shaft made. The paddle shaft needs to be straight and true after it comes out of the clamps. Here’s a clip on how I make sure the process gets started correctly.

Vent/Leash Intallation

How to install your Clearwood vent and leash plug sets. The following post highlights the installation of the vent/leash plugs for venting and tethering hollow wooden SUP’s and surfboards.     The vent plug with brass insert and a leash plug with a stainless steel pin are for use in venting and tetheri…

Wood SUP Paddle Making

Making a Wood SUP Paddle The process of making a wooden SUP paddle has some key steps that must be done correctly in order to create a paddle that both looks and works great.  The best way to start thinking about the process is to consider the different parts of the overall finished paddle as sub-assemblies th…
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Hollow Wooden Boards?

Why do we build hollow surf and sup boards? Certainly not because it’s a quick or inexpensive way to get on the water! So, why? Since the first time I experienced sailing our garage-built sailing dingy as a kid, there has been a kind of magic in the process of building “homemade” watercraft, then going out and …
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