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The Original Surfboard Company – all our surfboards are British made – designed in Cornwall and made in Devon.
Each board is individually handcrafted from plywood and hot steamed in a traditional surf board press before the top end of the board is shaped to create its own unique curve or rocker. The boards are then either yacht varnished by hand or given a professional spray painted finish.
We now also have unvarnished Original Surfboards for those who prefer the traditional plain ply or want to paint their own
Our original logo and designs are applied in waterproof boat vinyl to give them that twenty first century twist. We also produce personalised and corporate boards to order.
ABOUT THE BOARDS
Catching a wave on a wooden bodyboard is much quicker and easier to learn than stand up surfing – its a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities in shallow surf as well as out the back. If you’ve never done it before – see our top tips page for a beginners guide to bellyboarding and our gallery and films pages to see how its done.
This type of surfing has an amazing heritage which dates back at least 100 years. It was the Original British Surf Sport, also known as Surf-Riding, but now more often called wooden bodyboarding or bellyboarding. The design of these thin wooden surfboards was inspired by the ancient Hawaiin paipo boards.
Hand built in Britain to last – Original Surfboards also look cool on display and can be personalised with boat vinyl designs to make unique presents as well as corporate signs.
Sally Parkin set up The Original Surfboard Company in 2008. She was on a mission to revive and re-style the Original British Surf Sport of Surf-riding.
Sally spent all her childhood summers living by the sea at Porthcothan Bay in North Cornwall. Her father taught her how to catch waves on the family wooden boards in the summer of 1965 when she was five years old. She and her sister Jane would spend hours in the sea every day – without wetsuits. When the foam boogie boards arrived at the beach in the early 1970s Sally did try them out but she soon returned to the thinner wooden boards as she felt more “in the wave” on them and that they also gave her a greater sense of speed.
When the old family boards began to break in 2007 Sally had no idea where to buy new ones. She was aware that by now the wooden boards had almost been eclipsed by the foam bodyboards. She also discovered that most people were now claiming that the term “Surfing” was only about catching waves standing up on a board. If you were lying down on a foam board it was now usually called ‘bodyboarding’ or if you were on a wooden board it was referred to as ‘belly boarding’. In 2007 it seemed to Sally that the majority of stand up surfers now considered Bellyboarding to be a bit of a joke reserved for the over 60s.
Re-styled boards for the modern age
It had been these simple wooden body boards which had first earned Newquay’s reputation as Britain’s finest surfing destination in the 1930s. In the 1930s and 50s these wooden boards were considered to be the most stylish accessory to carry onto the beach and into the sea.
Having worked with Graphic designers and animators in specialist TV produciton Sally was keen to re-style the boards to improve their current image while retaining their unique heritage.
The Original Surfboard Company was launched online in June 2008.
We love the video clip below… awarded Most inspirational film at Cornwall film festivals 2008 Board Shorts event by Mark Kermode. A short tale about Dorothy Long a very young 82 year old who has been surfing on ply since 1948. Enjoy…