The ‘Ultralight’ Wooden Surfboard

Last year I built a wooden surfboard from a kit designed by the great people at Grain Surfboards. It was my first attempt at building a wooden surfboard, so I brought my father on to help with the project. When it was all said and done, the outcome of the venture was 1) a finished all wood surfboard, and 2) the idea to build the Ultralight, a super light weight wooden surfboard.

My dad borrowed from the design that Grain used for their broad, and came up with a frame system that he hopes will be lighter than the currently constructed wooden surfboards.

The surfboard’s frame is made out of Japanese waterproof plywood, and will eventually be finished with red cedar. My father is an architect, and it’s basically been second nature for him to design and challenge the strength of building material.

Even though my dad has only tried surfing once, an attempt he claims to have almost taken his life, he feels that surfboard design is within his reach.

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2 Responses to “The ‘Ultralight’ Wooden Surfboard”


  1. 1 rob August 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    That’s looks awesome! I hope it works great and doesn’t spring a leak. Wood surf boards are cool, just too heavy…

  2. 2 video game design August 23, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Hmmm, need to check this one out . . . when it comes out on DVD. I wonder how the Chinese translated Samuel L. Jackson’s line “I’m tired of these motherf**king snakes on this motherf**king plane”? Haha. Best movie I saw this summer at the theaters: Miami Vice. Yes, it was panned by a lot of critics–though a lot of big-name critics loved it too–but it totally mesmerized me. Gong Li as a hip modern chick who speaks (bad) Spanish–what else can you ask for?


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