Vintage Surfboard Restoration

Wayne Winchester

Surfboard Restoration



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.

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Wayne has fully restored my late brother Rodney’s Blaxell surfboard and it looks amazing, it’s basically a new board and is a credit to the work that Wayne does in this field. The board was in very bad shape but has such great sentimental value to our family and rather than Wayne saying I think it’s ready for the tip he took on the project with great passion and enthusiasm. To see it like the day Mum & Dad gave it to Rodney as a young surfy dude, has brought so much joy. Wayne listened to our story and put his heart and soul into this restoration. Thank you Wayne for keeping Rodney’s memories alive through the Blaxell.
— Janet Giacomini (Sister of Rodney)
Wayne has restored a number of surfboards for me, including a Bob McTavish ‘Bluebird’, McCoy ‘Lazer Zap’ and the Ian Cairns ‘Red Hot Stix’. There is no-one I trust more with resin and fibreglass.
— Scotty Ozolins
Master board repairer/restorer! Wayne not only has the fibreglass repair skills but the ability to assess the most appropriate way of repairing or restoring a board for continued use or as a valuable addition to a historic collection. He does this all with a great combination of technical skills, artistic ability and a massive amount of passion and experience. Many thanks Wayne for those special repairs.
— Kev Lucas
I met Wayne several years ago through a mutual friend who told me of his work . His attention to detail, authenticity and skill at bringing back to life parts of boards that I thought irreparable has seen me pass more than 20 boards through his workshop and never have I been disappointed with a result . Can’t speak highly enough of his work .
— Paul Upton
I had a couple of old boards knocking around and thought it would be great to bring them back to life. Gave them to Wayne to restore and now one of them sits in my living room. Awesome workmanship and skill to bring them back.
— Saturation Surfaris, Margaret River
Wayne’s work strikes me as a labour of love by a guy who has a fine appreciation for the history and story of surfboard design and evolution, as well as a respect for the integrity of the original craftsmanship. His restorations reflect that. They are authentic, beautifully detailed, and breathe new life into these historic gems.
— Scott Bycroft

Coming soon…. Merchandise!

To coincide with the ‘Evolution of the Surfboard’ Exhibition, Wayne will have a limited number of T’shirts, caps, stubby holders and vintage surf postcards for sale. These will be available at the exhibition in Denmark and for sale on the website in February 2019. Stay tuned!

South Coast Stories Episode 15

Tim talks to Wayne about the ‘Evolution of the surfboard’ exhibition.


About Wayne

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. 

The Exhibition

An exhibition of vintage and modern surfboardS

The next ‘Evolution of the Surfboard’ Exhibition will be at the Community Resource Centre, 2 Strickland St, Denmark, Western Australia, 6th - 20th January 2019.

For more information follow the The Exhibition link below.

A busy year

Check out the some of the boards Wayne has been repairing and restoring in the workshop in 2018.


Project Santosha

Always up for a challenge, Wayne’s next revamp will be a circa 1976 Santosha shaped by Mick Button and airbrushed by Rob Allen. You don’t see too many airbrushed murals of this vintage from Western Australia. The owner of the board has been collecting for 25 years and this was the first one he has come across. The shaper’s brother informed the owner that Rob sprayed a few dozen murals during the 70’s and recalls seeing an ELO inspired spaceship, melting girl on a pop stick, Stormriders movie promo board and heaps of waves and sunsets! If you have one, Wayne would love to hear from you.

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