Author Archives: Troy
I snapped a couple of pics of Austin’s new noserider. He roughed it out on Friday and started the glue up for the glassed on fin. The stringer is actually 2 1/4 wide paulownia and the fin will match the stringer. The fin will be all paulownia with no other wood mixed in. Austin said [...]
Squirreled away in the corner of Austin’s shaping room covered with 2 inches of foam dust Austin has hid his newest creation until now. He has been designing it for almost 4 months now. The only thing that he has told me is that it is based on the older Hansen 50/50s. It will [...]
We are building this item for a customer but you will never guess what it’s for! The first correct guess gets an Austin t-shirt and stickers. hint – It has no fins and is glass with 3 layers top and bottom with 8 oz volan cloth. It is made from 1 1/2 blanks glued up [...]
We just finished the 2nd in a series of 9 Neptune Paipos and I think this one came out even better than the last. This one is made mostly from Balsa but has purple heart accents. This one also has custom twin fins to match the Paipo theme. Number 3 has not been finalized.
I came across this old photo of Austin when he was 15 or 16. It shows his original quiver of boards that he had built and collected. Starting from the 1 o’clock position: A sweet Bic, Pride, Pride, Weber, Austin #1, Austin#2, Austin #3, WRV, and a Spyder shortboard. We still have the Austin [...]
Well Austin finally got around to finishing the first Paulownia and Balsa Paipo. She has the same dimensions as our standard Paipo but comes with two custom balsa and African Mahogany.
The new shop is finished. We changed things around to make it more customer friendly. Come check it out.
I ran across this photo of our local Legend Pete Smith and his son Pete Jr. Photo was taken around 1970. Check out those sweet pork chop side burns. Pete Smith was co-owner of one of the first surf shops in Virginia Beach called Smith & Holland Surf Shop.