Wooden Surfboard Kickstarter Program – Crooked Blanks

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Last year I was lucky enough to take part in a Hollow Wood Surfboard (HWS) building class hosted byMark Cruickshank and Rich Blundell.

I took more away from that class than any that I took in high school or college!

I made an amazing board and some great friends in the process but I also picked up a nasty little addiction to wooden surfboards that I haven't been able to shake since!!!

We ended up hitting it off and found that we shared a common passion for sawdust and boards.  After the class wrapped up Mark and I stayed in touch and he recently told me that he was working on something that he was super excited about and unlike anything else on the market today.

I was chomping at the bit to find out what he has up his sleeve and I finally got the call that he was ready to reveal.  What he has created truly is amazing and it goes to show that there is still so much more to discover about the surfboard and related construction processes. During the class, Mark's wood working skills, experience, and techniques stood out from the rest of the pack and I was envious of his craftsmanship and deep understanding of board design and his creative ideas around construction.

The traditional HWS construction methods are great and I love all of my boards.

My favorite part about this new concept is that the highly sustainable wood surfboard blanks are completely customizable and one-off.  Now any local/professional shaper can make a wood surfboard suited for local

conditions or for any individual surfer's abilities. However, these classical techniques are somewhat limiting and create challenges for more complex designs.

Mark's goal has been to create hollow wood surfboard blanks that are constructed so any shaper can use the same tools and process they would on a foam blank.  Built from sustainable Paulownia wood, Mark is taking

advantage of the material's incredible natural weight to strength ratio, flex properties, and rot/water resistant attributes.  Now having built a few boards out of Paulownia myself, I confidently endorse it's use to any board builder or craftsman/woman…it's just amazing stuff!

Now ready to take his proof of concept to the next level, Mark has started a Kickstarter project to help fund this next evolution in sustainable wooden board design and construction.

You are no longer restricted to the few boards shapes offered in kits or by retailers.  It is a whole new level of custom!!!

Aside from being some of the most beautiful surfboards ever, these boards are built to last a lifetime and offer endless hours of stoke.

I'm certainly not one to tell people how to spend their money, but if you have any extra dough to help fund this project I can tell you first hand that it is going to a great cause.

Support like that is what is going to keep the progression of this sport and craft going while keeping the creative spirit and “Garage Shaper” alive in all of us.

The Dailystoke family wishes Mark the best and as always, we urge you to tell a friend …



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  1. Great idea! I’d love to get one of my favorite old boards redone in wood – how much are they?

    • The final cost depends on the shaper. Expect the cost to be more than a foam surfboard but less than what other wood surfboards are costing.

  2. Steve Poorman says:

    I’ve never heard of Vec???? Cool concept though and I love that bottom picture.
    – Steve-O

    • Thanks for the compliment on the board. Vec, Shawn Vecchione is a great shaper. A quick section of his bio:
      Cape Cod native Shawn Vecchione learned how to shape surfboards alongside Dick Brewer, Bobby Allen and Billy Hamilton. His custom boards have been surfed by the late Andy Irons and his brother Bruce, Makua Rothman, Dustin Barca, Felipe Pomar, and Victor Rosario. Shawn moved back to Cape Cod from Kauai a few years ago and now has a shaping room/shop in Orleans, MA.

  3. Beautiful boards!!!

  4. Pete Surell says:

    I built a grain kit a while back and I can see how this blank would provide an advantage for a real shaper. Grain and most of the other hollow wooden board companies are limited to their designs – They can’t replicate any board with that method. This seems to solve that issue – I’d love to redo an old pig I used to ride back in the day and this would be the best way to get it in wood. Can you CNC this??? Great project and good luck with Kickstarter!

  5. Kickstarter is great for stuff like this! My buddy did one for some furniture a while back and he blew the target goal out of the water. Hopefully this board company gets the same attention ~~ Looks interesting and who knew people surf in Massachusetts! – Shawn-

  6. Glenn Chapman says:

    How heavy are these blanks?

    • They are heavier than foam, so we have been concentrating on shapes that work well with a more glide: longboards, fish, single fins, etc.

  7. Paula Shultz says:

    WOW! Very pretty boards and I bet they ride great! I saw some HWS at the Sacred Craft show a few years back and it is very interesting how they are built. This seems like a unique way to do it and I wish Mark the best of luck with his project!!

  8. Greg Temple says:

    I love that frame :) :) Looks like art even without the decking!

  9. That board is f%@#ing dope! I love the steps in the rear third of the board – good luck with kickstarter!

  10. Do you stock these or are they all customs per the shaper/customer order = also what is the turn around time on one of these blanks?

    • They are all custom so far, but Vec is working on some standard boards to add to his lineup. I can turn a blank over in a week. So total time is just a week longer than ordering a typical custom.

  11. Me likey!!!! This could change the wooden surfboard business for sure. Good article and best of luck with the kickstarter program

  12. Pretty sweet boards. I have a grain kit sitting in my garage from 2 xmas’s ago i have to get around to! Do you sell kits too?

    • I sell blanks designed for the professional shaper. But really anyone could shape one. The blanks is designed so that same tools to shape foam are used on the wood.

  13. How much does the deck and hull add after you shape it? Does it need to be re-shaped once the wood goes on? All in all, really nice stuff @

    • I don’t know how much of the weight comes from each part but 2 decks weigh more than the core. It does need to be shaped after the decks go on. The core is rough shaped, the decks are glued on, and then the board is finish shaped.

  14. Brian Timmerman says:

    Who the hell is Vec? Cool blanks, you should get one to a real shaper soon!

    • Same bio from above:
      Cape Cod native Shawn Vecchione learned how to shape surfboards alongside Dick Brewer, Bobby Allen and Billy Hamilton. His custom boards have been surfed by the late Andy Irons and his brother Bruce, Makua Rothman, Dustin Barca, Felipe Pomar, and Victor Rosario. Shawn moved back to Cape Cod from Kauai a few years ago and now has a shaping room/shop in Orleans, MA.

  15. Bad A$$ concept! Looks cool too. Is there enough bite to hold the deck down with just a few vertical stringers? I assume it is glassed as well so that might not matter. Very nice work and good job dailyStoke!

    • The boards are glassed and hold up well in pounding surf. I recently had one of my boards in Costa Rica in well overhead, large period surf. Not only did the board handle those conditions fine, there still isn’t a single pressure dent on the board. Scrape all the wax off and board still looks brand new.

  16. Cary Parker says:

    I like that the dailystoke covers local guys like this. you always have cool stuff reviewed but I love when you highlight brands that aren’t so mainstream or new like this guy Mark and Crooked Blanks. Keep the shiz coming stoke and good luck to Crooked with kickStarter

  17. Ryan Lewiston says:

    Nice stuff! I love the stringers in that blank!!!

  18. Brad Conrowe says:

    I have a chambered board I’ve had for years and that was the only board you could really shape. This looks like a modern day version – very cool idea.

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