You've seen them in museums and at auctions being sold for obscene prices. And
you've probably wondered what it would be like to ride one. So did we! So we dug out a
set of Toms original plans from 1932 and put them into the computer. The result was a kit
that allowed us to build a replica Tom Blake style hollow wood board exactly like he built
himself! Our only complaint was the 80 pound weight - so we fixed that by making changes
you couldn't see but definitely could feel! Looking at the outside the board looks exactly
like one Tom built himself but the new lightweight paulownia frame cuts the weight in half!
Wood Surfboard Supply's "Tom Blake" retro surfboard frame parts are precision cut from lightweight paulownia on a
paulownia that is super strong and about half the weight of pine. Also the solid pine nose block is now a machined
paulownia block that saves many pounds in the nose of the board. The width, length, and thickness of the board
are true to Tom's original plans and nobody will know the difference - until they lift it!
If you want to build a "Tom Blake" style surfboard that is true to his original 1932 design here
is the kit for you! The kit contains super light paulownia ribs , nose and 2 piece tail block.
|You will need a couple sheets of
plywood, several long 2 x 4s, nails,
screws, and glue to complete this board.
Due to the size of the pieces the Tom
Blake cannot be shipped outside
We tested our prototype Tom Blake in the SUP and Kayak section of
San Onofre Beach. It floated well, didn't take on gallons of water and
created quite a stir among the other surfers. It was so much fun we
decided to make it a reasonable weight so everybody can enjoy it. We
replaced the heavy pine ribs and nose block with lightweight paulownia
and made them a little thinner. The weight savings is significant! The
pine version was about 80 lbs and the paulownia version will be about
half that. The changes aren't visible from the outside so it still looks
authentic hanging on the wall or used as a bar or table top.
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