May 132013

Matthew Kramer, who built a 6′.4″ fish,and Lewin de Villiers, who built a 6′.3″ egg, showcase the beautiful boards they made.

Inspirational. That’s the best word I can think of to describe the experience of being part of  Burnett Wooden Surfboard’s first board building course. Five guys literally lived hollow wooden surfboards for a week at Imhoff Farm Village in Kommetjie, taking a pile of planks and shaping them into stunning wooden surfboards.

I’m totally inspired and humbled by the amazing group of guys who joined up for the first course: The two Patrick’s, Lewin and Matthew demonstrated buckets of enthusiasm, commitment, engagement, skill and craftsmanship. The result is four boards that are truly beautiful and a credit to the craft of wooden board building. Check out the gallery below for some great visuals of the location, how things unfolded and the boards produced.

What’s been great about this course is that it has shown how a group of guys with no experience in board building can craft their own wooden boards that are not only functional, but also highly individualized works of art.

The course has also crystallized something for me that I think I’ve known for a while without being able to articulate. Watching four guys at work making their own boards – rather than being the one building a board – showed me that there’s something very meaningful in the process. It’s not just about producing a surfboard that is pleasing to look at, although that is an important end result. The process of craftsmanship that the guys engaged in seems to me to be about far more – it is a process of expressing human qualities that we all have, but which maybe often don’t have expression in our daily lives. It’s about connecting the movement of our hands with our brains, of creativity, of expressing passion and love through the creation of something that is so closely connected to surfing, an activity which we are all deeply connected to. Seen this way each board is a a journey, really, and one I’ll gladly take over and over again.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the pictures below and write to if you’d like to sign up for a course. Click here for our course schedule for the rest of 2013.


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  1. Sick Patrick ! Awesome to have been there at your outdoor workshop under the trees and in nature.
    You really did a good job of coaching your class on ‘how to’ build your own wooden board. Well Done. I hope that you get loads of amped surfers signing up, to create there dream wooden surfboard.

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