Our 100th Wooden Surfboard Workshop!

06 . 06 . 23

Wait, what?! Yes that’s right, last week we completed our 100th wooden surfboard workshop week! Nick and Richard came along for the ride – here’s how they got on…

Nick joined us from South London and as a keen surfer, he has often visited family in Cornwall during holidays to get to the ocean. Nick was gifted a wooden surfboard making course for his birthday, after following us for a number of years on social media, and dropping hints to his wife and family. An Architect by trade, Nick was keen to expand on his skills in a more physical sense, both to inform his work and to satisfy his desire to continue on from making things growing up.

Nick made a 6’10 Jetty, an egg style shape that takes the best characteristics of longboard design and transplants them onto a shorter board for easier manoeuvrability. He hopes to transition from riding longboards to make the most of the range of conditions we have here in Cornwall during future trips.

Richard, who joined us from just down the road in Carharrack, had popped in a couple of months ago to talk to us about possibly joining one of our workshop courses, and didn’t look back! Richard had been looking for a course to make something with his hands, wanting to give himself some quality time and engage with something that was not part of his typical day to day. Not having much woodwork experience, Richard began the week not knowing how much he may be capable of, but he found through each part of the making process that he learned new skills quickly, and was put at ease by how much each task was broken down.

Here are some words from Richard about his experience:

“I’ve just completed a surfboard workshop with James, Ali and the team. What a unique and special experience it was, I loved every minute. A chance to decompress, laugh, learn and create, with like-minded people. I can’t recommend it highly enough – Mindfulness amplified!”

Richard made a 7’4 Island Hopper, a true all rounder with plenty of volume for paddling speed and catching lots of waves, which he hopes to christen at his favourite local beach, Chapel Porth. Hopefully we might even be able to join him!

We were joined by Simon for the final day of the workshop, who came to finish off a board he made with us back in February. We were stoked he managed to find time to come and complete the process and join us for the special 100th workshop!

We can’t wait to get started on the next hundred!

If you would like to join us to make your own wooden surfboard click here!

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