Our Promise To You

My Environmental Promise: I use Forest Stewardship Council certified woods or woods salvaged from downed trees. All boards are glassed with epoxy resin which is cleaner for our environment and emits 50-75% less Volatile Organic Compounds than polyester resin. In my shop I have moderate ventilation and no need for a mask when glassing. Epoxy is lighter and stronger than polyester. My wood boards are nearly indestructible and should last a lifetime. Each board is quality crafted for strength, durability and concern for our environment.

My Satisfaction Promise: Ride your board for 30 days. If you don't like it, return it.

CONTACT: Dan Johnston BlindDogSurfboards@yahoo.com Tom Allen (01-404-229-4223) TraditionSurfboards@gmail.com

All images are copyright protected and my not be used without permission from Blind Dog Surfboards.

Aug 21, 2014

Tom is branching out

Tom has started 'Tradition Surfboards' to continue his foam and wood surfboard building business. He has also added home and business beach related decorating accessories. Tom has also created a line of beach products for resale in gift shops, restaurants,  and surf shops.

Tom can be reached at: www.TraditionSurfboards.com and www.TraditionSurfboards.blogspot.com

Email: TraditionSurfboards@gmail.com

Here are some of his most current projects:

Jul 29, 2014

Raffle Tickets for Rising Sun

Tickets can be purchased from OIB Java and Surf, Ocean Isle Beach

1 ticket for 5
3 tickets for $10
7 tickets for $20

Winner will be drawn on October 5th. , at this years Chris Crocker Memorial Surf-fest.

Any questions, send me an email: BlindDogSurfboards@yahoo.com


Rules of Surfing.

This is from the good folks at www.TotalSurfingFitness.com Thanks for the posting.

While Sunset Beach, NC is usually a handful of locals who look out for each other and respect the following rules. It doesn't hurt to think about how we should  behave towards each other while surfing - well heck in our daily lives on land as well. I think the most important rule is to treat others as you would want to be treated. There is always a better wave coming.

Total surfing

Jul 3, 2014

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Andrew @ Sunset Beach, NC July 3, 2014

Awesome surf today. Set waves good 10' and thick. Strong off-shore wind blowing tops of any wave higher than waist high. I couldn't make it down, even if I did, probably would not have gone out, just too much for me, but Tom Allen (Blind Dog Surfboards and Tradition Surfboards) was out all day. Here are late afternoon pictures. Last two are Brad, Fraser, and Tom, and Tom facing the Dragon.

Fraser, Brad and Tom

Tom Allen facing the Dragon

Jun 25, 2014

Something for my Grandkids.

I don't know about you, but I have just a few things that my Grandfather touched, nothing from my Grandmother. I guess that was the way back then. When we helped my mother move to her new NW assisted living place, us brothers and sister got together and had one hell of a garage sale. Before hand we took what we wanted. to keep. I have bunch of their photography, few cameras and few odds and ends. I'll split them up with my two daughters.

So I've started six short boards, one for each grand kid. All are 6' with sweet shape that if they wanted to surf them, they could.

Punched out 48 ribs and 12 spar members (2 per board).

Jun 9, 2014

7'6" Rising Sun Fish

This is for Chris Crocker Surffest in October. It will be raffled off to help support Chris Crocker's family. Chris suddenly died few years ago and every year since this surf-fest has been held in his honor. Chris was the kind of guy that if you called him at supper time and needed help, he and son Jake would come right over. The kind of fellow that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. So in a small way we are helping by offering a HWS board.

I'll post here as this board develops from 1"x4"x12' lumber into surf art. Make no mistake, this is a real surfable board, it just look pretty but under that Cedar planking is ever thing that make a HWS surfable.


The streaks are reflections from table saw. 

Reflection streaks again

Darn reflections. 

Fins donated by Geoff Bergen SpaceSurfer Boards. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000229384433&fref=ts

Add caption Gore-Tex leash vent.

QR Code link to this web page. Cool. An industry first.




Jun 6, 2014

6'0" Swallow Tail - World's Frist With QR Code

Board owner wanted a copy of his foam short board. Told him w/o his old board this was going to be difficult at best. He sent a very accurate drawing and profiles from three ribs. The drawing was perfect as were the ribs. I was able to draft out on shop floor it's profile and mock up the other ribs with the three rib drawings he provided.

This board has been a challenge. I needed 4.75" nose rocker in the span of about 20". As much as Cedar likes to bend it was not that easy. More pictures forthcoming.

Worlds First: I've been looking for a way to create a historical record for our boards, something that will last. My wife and I were talking about it and she, a quilter, said she has seen an article about adding QR code to quilts. EUREKA! So this is, to my knowledge and Google searching, the first surfboard with a QR code.

Rough shape

Objective is to get the cut dead center
There has to be a better way

I think a worlds first!