Resin and glass
Wayne's workshop is situated on his farm on the south coast of Western Australia between Albany and Denmark.
The work areas are located in sheds that are nestled amongst the tall karri and peppermint trees. The sanding bay is open air and every work area has views of the forest and coastal dunes beyond. This location provides perfect inspiration for restoring the beautiful old vintage surfboards and the clean, fresh air is a welcome relief from the sanding dust and resin fumes.
Although the workshop is big enough to work on a few boards simultaneously, the preference is to work on one board at a time. This gives each board the special attention and customised service they deserve.
The workshop carries a full range of resins, tints, pigments, sprays and glass to tackle any restoration job. Many of the tools and techniques used by Wayne have been carried over from his decades of surfboard manufacture, repair and restoration since the 1970's.
Wayne is still a keen surfer and when not in the workshop or doing farm work, he is usually chasing a wave at his much loved home breaks nearby.
1971 Blaxell Single Fin Restoration
The value of a restoration is not always measured in monetary terms or in the historical significance of a rare surfboard.
Special projects sometimes come along that represent much more than bringing a weathered old relic back to its shining glory. Surfboards can hold a special place in our hearts, for all sorts of reasons.
I had the recent pleasure of restoring a beat up old Blaxell single fin that, on first look, probably should have gone to the local tip. To a family that lost a brother and a son though, this board held the most important value of all… beautiful memories of a loved one.
Rodney’s board was purchased for him by his parents in 1971 when he was just 12 years old. He learnt to surf on this board at Falcon, a seaside locality about 50km south of Perth, Western Australia.
Rod sadly passed away in 2012 and the board was uncovered from the shed at the family’s Falcon beach shack in 2017. Rod’s sister brought the board to me in order to bring it back to its former glory as a special memory of her brother.
The board itself was typical of the transition era of the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, where boards became shorter and shorter over a period of only a few years. The Blaxell is only 5’3” long and has the distinctive “S” deck shape of the very late 60’s. The bottom was glassed using a beautiful teal blue pigment and the deck was clear with a classic black pin-line around the rail cut line.
My brief was to bring the board back to its original, brand new condition… just as Rod had first received it from his parents. My only real option to achieve this was to completely strip off all the glass, faithfully re-shape the blank to remove all the sun and water damage, fill all the major holes then re-glass the board using the original logo’s, fin, pigments and pinlines.
For me, this project wasn’t just about resin and glass… it was about putting the heart, soul and love into a special board.
MR Single Fin Revamp
Designed by Mark Richards and shaped by Tony Cerf, circa 1976.
Although this board came to me in an extremely poor condition, it had fantastic character and was obviously very well used.
Besides being a rare example of an early MR single fin, it had a beautiful airbrush design on the bottom, depicting a perfectly breaking wave with palm trees in the background.
The owner was very keen to ensure that the history and damage to the board remained obvious after the restoration process. The extensive brown watermark staining on the foam blank was also a particular feature that the owner wanted to retain.
No fillers or paintwork were used during the restoration process and all repairs were done using resin tints to match the patina of the board. Shatters and stress cracks were mostly removed where possible, the fin was clamped back together and the entire board received a new gloss coat and polish.
The shiny new exterior still allows the boards past damage to shine through and it certainly oozes character from nose to tail.
A classic piece of surfing history in a category all of its own.
Pyke Single Fin Revamp
Made in Fred Pyke’s Torquay factory circa 1968, this board came to me in reasonable condition, except for significant nose and tail damage, plus a major hole in the bottom and a delaminated fin.
The board held sentimental value for the owner as it originally belonged to his uncle. The owner had a strong desire to ride the board, so it was definitely not going to be a wall hanger.
Given the board was in original condition, with no major delamination or twists, it was certainly worth preserving through an authentic restoration process. The significant damage to the nose, tail and on the bottom were carefully repaired and colour matched using tinted resins and volane glass.
All shatters and onion dents along the rails, deck and bottom were carefully removed using a fine grinding tool and the fin was glued and clamped back to its original state. The manufacturer’s logos had some minor delaminations, which required resin injection and clamping to restore them to original.
The whole board was then heavily sanded, re-pinlined, then glossed and polished all over.
A classic piece of surfing history from the transition era of the late 60’s, the board is now both a rider and a showpiece for the stoked owner.
Andy’s 1968 Stringerless Cordingley Restoration
McCoy Lazor Zap Revamp
Lightning Bolt with Shane Egan Airbrush Revamp
The Crystal Cavern Surfboard Restoration
1930s Log Restoration
Len Dibben Restoration
Sebastian Inlet Single Fin Restoration
During the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, Sebastian Inlet Surfboards were sold in a surf shop of the same name in Floridana Beach, Florida, USA. The shop was located about 5 miles north of Sebastian Inlet, and just south of Cocoa Beach, the home town of 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater.
The surf shop was owned by Mike Mann who came to Sebastian Inlet from Miami in the 1960’s. It was only open for a few years, and there were a number of people who shaped for them, including Greg Loehr.
Prior to restoration, the board had been snapped in half with significant delamination on the deck. The restoration process involved re-joining the snapped board, repairing the multiple dings, stripping the glass off the deck and re-glassing with pigmented resin. Original logos were saved and re-instated onto the board. The bottom was sprayed to blend the snap repair and to match the original red pigment. A deck rail fade spray was applied and pinlines were re-applied. The entire board was then given a new gloss coat over the spray and polished to a high lustre.