Jonny, Andy and Jon arrived on the Monday morning of this year's April workshop as total strangers to one another. Over the course of their week with us each of them made their own wooden surfboard and, much to our delight, made new friends. It's what we always hope will happen, and it frequently does. The three of them made plans to all collect their surfboards on the same day at the end of June, on the weekend of our Boards, Bangers and Beer open workshop event, have a few beers with us on the Friday evening, and then head down the coast to splash their surfboards for the first time and catch some waves together on Saturday. Jonny drove up from West Sussex, Jon headed down the coast from his new home in North Devon, and Andy made the short hop up from West Penwith; over the course of the workshop week Andy had sung the praises of his local surf spots around Sennen and Gwenvor so much that they headed down to Cornwall's far west for that first surf, with Jonny's partner Ainslie kindly taking some photos to share with us. We're always keen to see and hear the stories of these surfboards after they've left our workshop, so sent each of them an e-mail asking them to tell us about that first special surf session.
"Just to let you know, the 3 boards all met the water at the same time - we went for a maiden surf on Sunday morning - I had a great surf given the less than perfect conditions, scored two long rights - so already super keen to get out again soon. Thanks so much." - Andy
"I had an absolute blast surfing with Jon and Andy, the waves weren't huge but great fun and there was no way one of us was missing taking out the boards on their maiden voyage. It really was special to be sharing that experience all together, from meeting each other, spending the week building the boards, making really good friends to then all 3 of us heading out into the water for the 1st time. That kind of bonding is hard to ignore I think. The boards were fantastic, for me it had been a while since I last surfed, so was great to be able to build that confidence back in the water, and sharing a wave with Jon and Andy was fun too." - Jonny
"Oh man, what can I say! I love the board, it's nothing like I've surfed before; so much glide and flow to it. I'm so pleased with it and have been surfing it loads. It was just such an amazing week down with you guys for the workshop, and I never thought I would make such good friends through it - all friends for life I hope!! it was such an experience and one that I'll never forget. With regards to the actual workshop itself I really think you have mastered it. Don't change a thing!!!" - Jon