The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) introduces a short clip explaining a remarkable piece of surfing history. Henry Ford and Paul Strauch go into great detail about one of Tom Blake’s Vintage 1940’s hollow surfboards. The intricate design that went into creating this wooden, hollow board makes this an extremely complex and timeless piece. This particular model stood at 13’9” and is considered one of the “lifeguard paddleboards.” Since it was made out of plywood and nailed together, the work that was required to make it surfable is quite impressive.
Tom Blake’s vintage wooden hollow board can be found on site at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, California.