retain | REPAIR | REVAMP | RESTORE
Wayne Winchester takes enormous pride in all his work. Whether it's basic repairs or a full restoration, attention to detail is guaranteed.
The restoration of vintage surfboards can vary dramatically from board to board. The condition of the board generally defines the restoration process, and can vary from minor cosmetic work to a full strip and re-glass.
In all cases, restoration work must always be in keeping with the era of the board and use techniques that give a finished product reflecting the original board.
From a collector’s perspective, surfboards in original condition will always hold greater value. If damage cannot be repaired in a way that retains authenticity of the surfboard, it may simply be best not to do any work at all.
When undertaking restoration work for clients, there may also be specific requirements that guide the process. For example, the board may be for display purposes only and require a museum quality restoration, or simply as an everyday rider where a watertight seal and structural integrity is all that is required.
The client may also be constrained by budget, in which case a clear understanding of expectations and the finished result must be fully understood before any work is commenced.
Wayne Winchester has been making, collecting and restoring surfboards since 1972. He is widely regarded as a master craftsman in vintage surfboard restoration and operates his current business on the south coast of Western Australia, between Albany and Denmark. This pristine and spectacularly beautiful location provides the perfect opportunity for Wayne to pursue his passion for surfing and the artistry of surfboards.
From ancient Polynesian wooden boards through to the discovery of foam and fibreglass in the 1960’s, the psychedelic era of the 1970’s, the 3 fin revolution of the 1980’s and onto high tech performance boards of the 1990’s and the 21st century, surfboards have evolved dramatically over the decades.
Although materials, design, art and manufacturing techniques have changed over the decades, Wayne uses restoration methods that retain the authenticity of each surfboard, specific to its particular era.
Wayne believes the true essence of surfing is all about change, discovery and the magic feeling of riding waves. The surfboard is not only a magnificent piece of art and technology, it provides the vehicle for us to be one with the ocean and enjoy one of nature’s greatest pleasures.
Surfing is good for the mind, body and soul. To be in tune with your board and the rhythm of the ocean makes surfing a way of life that once experienced and understood, defines our very being.
Surfing is a simple pleasure… we ride waves because it makes us feel good… and the surfboard gives us flight.