Making of a Surfboard
Art behind the magic of making a surfboard by Gary the great at Surf City Surf Shop in Myrtle Beach.. See what happens when you mix talent, passion and the love to surf in the making of a surfboard here at Surf City Surf Shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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“Surf City Surf Shop—Making the Boards”
So what was the first question?
Gary Wilson, shop shaver Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at Surf City Surf Shop.
I started making in full, full surf boards in 1986 putting them together all broken pieces and parts on a screened in porch in Windy Hill beach North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And I actually shaped my first one in 1989. Right start to finish, shaped it blank and glassed it and painted and then that point on, it shaped over well. I’ve shaped over 5,550 boards at this point and I’ve had my hand in over 10s and thousands, airbrushing them, glassing them and sandin’ them and paintin’ em and all that mess.
So I’ve been at it for quite a few years.
Well this case I actually get a giant block of Styrofoam, 8 ft x 4 ft x 2 ft. and actually spot wire out a piece of slab out and then glue a piece of piedout into the foam, into the center of it and then actually shave the thing down to where it actually looks like a surfboard. And then after that it’s the case of artwork and fiber glass and fumes and sanding, gluing and re-sanding until you’ve got it in your hands and you can go duck, dive and swim…drop-in and turn and you know, all that fun stuff.
I think being able to work with the person, the end user, is actually is the most awesome part. It values in to it enough to wanna be apart of it and from start to finish is the really the coolest. And then going out there and seein’ the boy or the girl dropin’ in or doin’ a turn on the thing, smilin’ and havin’ fun is the bomb. That’s the best part.
But even if you just get one off the floor is fine. You actually get to meet the person who is going to do it and talk to them and have a littler interaction with them, ya know, so you can get an idea of who they are and where they’re at in their surfing journey or career, ya know.
If you’re in the Myrtle Beach area just come right on in. We’ve got Mark, we’ve got Chow, we’ve got the kids who work in the surf shop who can point you in the direction that you need. And they hide me in the back, they don’t let me out in the front because I’m dirty and stinky. So they’re kind of my interface up front.
So just come on in and get an appointment if I’m not here or leave me your phone number with Surf City Surf Shop, those are my boys, my team.