We believe the handmade hand painted hand crafted boards ooze energy from their makers and ALL the fun they have provided to their riders. It’s pretty special when you think about it!

If only boards could talk…

We are a privately owned and operated museum with no government funding. As such please be patient with us regarding open times and displays but please also come in anytime escort yourself around when we are open and enjoy the stoke.

Just please be mindful of our team riders who use the space for their businesses.

Lastly we’d  love you to tag us on social media, buy a coffee and have a walk around. Hey if you like what we’re trying to do you can even donate to our ‘restore a board campaigns’ or donate that old board in your back shed?

Finally if you got something out of this site or a personal visit to us please let us know. Just promise to enjoy!

Julian Wilson 6’6 – Pipeline Masters quiver 2015

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As we patiently wait for the Pipeline 🌊 to provide, we thought our own Julian Wilson who is still in with a mathematical chance of the World 🌎Crown could do with a good…

RIP Bruce Brown – The Endless Summer

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If the measure of a successful life is the positive imprint you leave on others then Bruce Brown exceeded even the most optimistic persons dreams. If his creations didn’t influence…

David ‘BADDY’ Treloar – A BRIEF HISTORY

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Brawny Australian regular footer from Angourie, New South Wales; David Treloar was a pioneering shortboard surfer, and runner-up in the juniors division of the Australian National Titles in 1968 and…

Geoff Darby — DARBY SURFBOARDS

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Geoff Darby shaped Thruster (2+1) 5'9 19 3/8 x 2 1/4. Shaped in 1985 the long rail decals (on bottom) were produced for boards that came out of his shop…

Mark Richards —A BRIEF HISTORY

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Mark Richards was born (1957) and raised in Newcastle, an industrial city located 100 miles north of Sydney. Ray Richards, Mark's father, was a surfer and used car salesman who, in…

Cheyne Horan — MCCOY LAZOR ZAP 1985 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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Cheyne Horan was born in 1960, a dedicated competitor and self-proclaimed advocate of individualism and innovation. Throughout his life, he stayed true to this mantra of not 'following the crowd'…

Simon Anderson — A BRIEF HISTORY

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In late 1977, Australian pro Mark Richards introduced his version of the twin-fin, a pivoting small-wave board that helped Richards win four world titles, which in turn made the twin-fin…

THE PLYWOOD OKANUI SURFBOARD 1956-57 —A BRIEF HISTORY

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The plywood Malibu or Okanui/Okanohue was the end result of the American Surf Team arriving in Australia for the Melbourne Olympic Surf Carnival which was held at Torquay Victoria in…

THE CIGAR ‘KOOK’ BOX 1930-40’S — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The kook box was a hollow ply board and was often referred to as a cigar box or a coffin box due to their uncanny resemblance. In Australia, Kook boxes…

THE PLYWOOD TOOTHPICK 1940’s-1956 —A BRIEF HISTORY

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After the war, there was a heavy focus on service so many men joined their local Surf Life Saving Clubs using Cigar 'Kook' Box boards to perform their drills. During…

THE BALSA SURFBOARD 1956-59 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The Balsa board first made waves at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. Though Surf Life Saving wasn’t counted as a legitimate sport – a Surf Life Saving carnival was held…

SHANE STRINGERLESS V-BOTTOM c. 1967—A BRIEF HISTORY

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The V Bottom is a Convex surfboard bottom design that bisects the rear and/or middle area of the board into two longitudinal panels, popularized by influential Australian board-maker Bob McTavish in…

SHANE TRACKER c.1968 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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  Trackers and Pocket Rockets had streamlined bodies and speedy shapes which very quickly replaced the V bottomed pioneers. To me they are perhaps the true meeting point of the…

THE ALAI — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The Alai originated in the 1800’s in ancient Hawaii. ‘Lala’ is a word that’s been used by the ancient Hawaiians for hundreds of years that describes the controlled slide in…

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