First designed and built by national swimming champion, inventor, author, actor and surfer Tom Blake, these innovative, hollow-core surf/paddle boards dominated the surfing world until the late 1940's. While prior surfboard designs consisted of solid wooden boards dating back to the ancient Hawaiians, these new-concept, lighter boards were an immediate success and became extremely important in the evolution of the modern surfboard. Highly collected, the few remaining boards are extremely rare and exceptionally expensive. Consequently, many who would like to acquire one of these impressive boards can only view them in private collections or museums. Until now!
Hand built with great reverence and respect for one of the most remarkable surfers in the history of the sport, these artistic reproductions of Tom Blakesí early boards are constructed of carefully selected hem fir, cedar, pine and redwood. The framework is fashioned into a series of transverse braces or ribs, bow and stern blocks and side rails with lateral battens and angle bracing, creating an extremely strong skeleton. Decking consists of triple laminate ply, mahogany veneer or redwood stripping, glued every square inch and fastened every four inches across the braces and down rails. Sealed and finished in a broad selection of colors, each board is detailed to resemble a well-worn original, right down to the brass drain plug and brass screws affixed every 6 inches down the deck and both rails.
These exquisite, sculptural reproductions are constructed entirely by hand and every attempt is made to capture the grandeur and visual splendor evoked by the sight of these magnificent wave riders. Each board is custom shaped and can be ordered by style, shape, size and color depending on individual preferences.
Vintage Surfboards produces four models based on archival research and original specifications (click on photos to enlarge):
|"Pointed Tail Model" - This Tom Blake original design was licensed for manufacture to four companies in the Los Angeles area and was also adopted by the Red Cross National Aquatic Schools for instruction and lifesaving.|
|"Big Wave Pintail" - This model is a duplicate of the original design used in the patent application, which was issued to Tom Blake on August 16, 1932.|
|"Waikiki Special" - A stable, beginners board, evident in many of the historic photographs from the beaches of Waikiki to the shores of California.|
|The "Champion" Paddleboard - Based on the specifications for Tom Blakes racing paddleboard with which he won two world-paddling records in 1930.|
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