Feb 132014

The end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 was busy, busy. I was fortunate to have some amazing custom board orders. These are pictures of hollow wood surfboards made by Burnett Wood Surfboards towards the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. Thanks to the wonderful customers I had who put in their orders and waited patiently for delivery.

Latest Boards 2013/2014

Hollow wood surfboards made by Burnett Wood Surfboards around the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014.

Dec 282013

Twenty-five guys and one lady built their own hollow wood surfboards with Burnett Wood Surfboards in 2013. Check out the photo gallery below to see some of the beautiful boards that were made. 2014 will bring a new batch of graduates.

In 2014 we’ll be offering three options for those who want to build their own hollow wood surfboard on our wood surfboard course. Firstly, in our one-on-one building sessions, you contact us and tell us when you want to come into our workshop and build your board. Anytime that suits you and we’ll make it happen.

Secondly, you can join a group course during the scheduled dates listed below. Numbers are limited to four per course.

Lastly, we will be running regular Saturday workshops. It takes 5-6  Saturday’s to build a board. Contact us for more information.

Those participating walk away with their own handcrafted and very beautiful hollow wood surfboard. Our courses take place at the picturesque Imhoff Farm Village in Kommetjie, Cape Town, minutes away from a number of surfing spots. More information is available on our courses page.


  • 17-22 March 2014
  • 14-19 April 2014
  • 11-17 August 2014
  • 8-13 December 2014

Course Pictures and Boards

Nov 172013

IMG-20131114-WA0001Here’s a heads-up on what is going to be an awesome evening on 1 December in Kommetjie. Don’t miss it – top muso Farryl Purkiss is performing live; there’s a board swap where you get to bring your own board and exchange it for another board that you might like; and a movie featuring top international band Switchfoot is going to be premiering. The guys in the band are all surfers and the film features footage from their time surfing Cape Town waves last year.

Burnett Wood Surfboards is stoked to be a part of this event: We’ll have some boards on display, including those in various stages of production, so if you’re keen to see exactly how a hollow wood surfboard is made make sure you come along. 1 December. Don’t miss it!


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. Continue reading »

May 062013

The first day of our May board-building class began Monday 6 May at Imhoff Farm Village in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Four guys, surrounded by paddocks of bleating goats, neighing horses and cool-looking camels got to grips with their chosen shapes – an 11′ longboard, a 6’4″ fish and two 6′.4″ eggs. Wood surfboard decks and bottoms where laminated, profiles cut and frames built and laminated to the wood. The consensus was that four very beautiful boards are going to come out of the workshop by Saturday when the course ends. The guys were stoked.

Tomorrow is a rail building day and it looks like there will be time for course participants to surf in between the glue drying. Yup, apart from building boards in a rural spot surrounded by mountains, we’re also close enough to cooking waves to allow for a surf in between the work.