Wednesday, March 31, 2010


8'6" Dale V-bottom.

9'3" Peter Clarke stringerless.

When I first saw the logo on this board
I thought it was a Norm Casey.
It turns out that Peter Clarke
took over the business from Norm Casey in 1965.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

7228 & 7227

The board 7228 on the left is one of mine.
It is 8' x 24"
The board 7227 on the right is going to be restored.
It is 9'3" x 24"
Both of these boards were built at Gordon Woods surfboards
and they have consecutive production numbers.
So these boards could have been shaped, possibly only hours apart.
But they look worlds and months apart.
The board on the right is a V- bottom without the V.
Everything about it says V- bottom, but the bottom is cambered.
I think it is safe to say it was influenced by the V- bottom.
Now the board on the left is post V- bottom but pre Tracker.
It has a cambered bottom and a flatter rocker.
This shape could have been influenced by the boards
 Midget Farrelly and Wayne Lynch
were getting into in 68.
I think what I'm trying to say here is
history has given us a time line that we know is accurate.
But every now and then boards appear that confuse things a little.
Getting back to the numbers.
Who would of thought that two boards built in 67/68, 
could survive that long.
And then, end up side by side 42 years later.
All be it for a short time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


The extra rail lams have been added.
The fin has been reset.
Filler coated and sanded.
This pic shows the gloss coat being pulled out.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Back in December I was asked to restore this old
Central Coast Surf Designs pintail.
Shaped by my mate Bill Cilia.

I sanded the bottom on Friday afternoon. 

Its amazing the difference a piece of 40grit
sandpaper spinning at 1500 rpm makes.