Tom has just cleaned up from hosting a wooden board building class and talks on sustainable surfing at The Noosa Festival last week and jumped on flight to New Guinea on Monday.
"I'm presently on my way to Papua New Guinea for a
surfing festival with the WSL Longboard Tour. We're going to the Tupira
Surf Camp where I've been twice before, to make wood surfboards with
the locals. It's pretty remote and the inspiration for this distant
location is to mix the culture of modern longboarding with the very
ancient wood surfboard makers of PNG."
"This complements the normal WSL longboarding
competition by contrasting the modern with the very old. The visiting
surfers will compete against the locals on their wood surfboards and the
locals are welcome to ride the modern surfboards. "
"The idea is to capture a sharing of surf culture. My
involvement will be to help the local kids integrate into the ways of a
modern surf contest as well as to work with the WSL webcast."
As you can see Tom has been there before and left his mark with the local surfers and keen shapers.
The PNG Peanut for sure
Thanks to JB for some of this copy from Pacific Longboader Magazine
Guys if you are looking to be part of a great event in April this year then this is a good one. It is on Sunday the 2nd of April in the Thirroul Surf Club (A Northern Suburb of Wollongong) approx 1hr South of Sydney. It is part of a seaside festival with markets, etc etc.
Lisa Fahey, an avid artist and board builder who is one of the organisers of the event says "This is our 3rd year, last year we had about 60 boards, but it would be nice to get some more sydney siders etc along this year to share the love."
This years Wooden Surfboard Day will be Sunday 7th August
Poster for 2012
Poster for 2011
Poster for 2010
Poster for 2009
The joy of wood and water...
Wooden surfboards have been around for a long time and it was probably on a simple piece of wood that man first enjoyed surfing waves somewhere in the world. It may have only been a crude piece of driftwood found on the beach that served as a way of catching that first wave, but the joy and connection felt with the sea then is no different from what we feel today. As someone who has crafted a surfboard from wood, taken it out and caught a wave on it, I can tell you that the first time you paddle in and get to your feet, is truly a timeless feeling of joy and achievement. I hope that in assembling this list of talented people will inspire you to have a go at building your dream board and also experience that feeling for yourself.