Ornella and Matt’s Wooden Surfboard Workshop Experience

09 . 11 . 22

Last week we were joined by Ornella and Matt who came to make their own wooden surfboards, check out how they got on!

Ornella travelled to Cornwall from London and stayed in an air bnb just down the hill in Porthtowan for the week. Having recently taken a sabbatical, she is spending her time blending her love of woodwork and surfing, with a week in the workshop to be followed by a surf trip to Sri-Lanka and the Philippines. Ornella made a 6’10 Jetty, an egg shaped surfboard which catches waves easily and lends itself to a high level of manoeuvrability, an ideal board for progression in surfing, which is exactly why she chose the shape.

We can’t wait to hear how Ornella gets on with her travels and her surfing journey, which will lead her back here to pick up her freshly glassed board in a few months!

Matt drove down from South Shields in his van, which is where he would also be staying, parked up at the Eco Park where our workshop is located. He made a 9’6 Pier, one of our more classic longboard shapes, ideal for his local breaks a short drive from his house. Matt only took up surfing a few years ago, but he has never missed a swell since, and has progressed quickly, even placing third in a local contest a few weeks ago! Matt was making the most of his trip down south, with a few sessions booked in at The Wave to break up the drive home.

We are stoked for Matt and Ornella to join our workshopper community, and for there to be two more beautiful wooden surfboards out there in the waves!

If you would like to join us for a week to make your own wooden surfboard, click here!

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