Nov 022011

They made it!

The 10-ton green truck powered by cooking oil and carrying one of our hollow wooden surfboards has powered its way from Cape Town to Joburg. (Some of that cooking oil apparently came from my favourite fish and chip shop in Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalkies).

Now the big day is here, with the opening of Mark Sampson’s new stand-up comedy show, Africa Clockwise, at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton, tonight. The show features the surfboard live on stage. (Sandton! Juslaik, that’s a long way from a garage in Fish Hoek, ek se!)

The nerves are tingling and the razzle and the dazzle of opening night is humming around the stage, sources say. But Mark reckons he’s ready. And so is the board, pictured here on stage and under lights after being quickly photographed with a cell phone. It’s ready to wow Sandton. ‘I got a huge reaction carrying it in,’ reckons Mark in a quick SMS between press interviews, ‘people love it, it’s so beautiful.’

** Get a free ticket to Mark’s show now! Mark reckons on his Facebook profile all you need to do is phone 011 883 8606 and say you’re part of the Flash Mob!



Oct 142011

Just finished the woodwork on these two fish shapes. The one is a 6.0 and the other is a 7.4 – an interesting interpretation of the fish shape. This is the funny fish, destined for the stage with comedian Mark Sampson but also certain to see some water time, knowing Mark’s enthusiasm for surfing. Mark, if you’re out there somewhere, there ain’t no surf in JHB dude!


Sep 292011

Here’s the bottom profile of the board which is going to be surfed by comedian Mark Sampson – who is also going to use it in his Africa Clockwise stand-up comedy show.

As you can see, the wood has a very distinctive, almost beetroot colour, with clear golden lines running from the nose to the tail of the board. It’s known as aromatic cedar and I reckon it’s going to look amazing once it is polished to a finish.

Stand by for more updates – this board is going on an epic journey when it’s finished and the next post will be about that.

Sep 162011

We’re making a hollow wooden surfboard for comedian Mark Sampson to use in his Africa Clockwise stand-up comedy show.

Sampson’s latest laughter-packed, solar-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy takes a hilarious look at climate change and the end of the world as we know it. It’s a challenge to go green – and that’s where the hollow wooden surfboard comes in. Continue reading »