Restorations of the Soul

It’s been twenty-five days since my last post. 

The Bing Nuuhiwa Model is finished, as well as a transitional 1970’s single-fin swallow tail by Oceanside. 

I haven’t mowed fresh foam in almost a month and I am starting to feel withdrawals! 

On Monday I visited a new blank distributor and was able to score a 9’8″ for my Takayama project! More on that later…

Here are the completed restorations.

I am proud

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Above is an amazing gift from Mr. Bing Copeland himself.  Bing sent me an original David Nuuhiwa Noserider laminate seen here prior to the second clear lamination and an autographed copy of his new book!  I owe Bing and Tom Moss a huge thank you!!!  Check out Classic Bing Surfboards to learn more about these very special boards.

Also above is a photo given to me by my Aunt Cevera Burgess.  This photo was taken in 1964.   

As you can see there were a couple guys fortunate enough to have a Bing!  I recognize the fourth board from the left being a Bing with the wild inlay stringer (if you use a magnifying glass you’ll see a the cat’s eye on the skeg). 

From left to right we have Buck Bibb, Jerry Bunch, Jack Barniak, Mike Conner, Wayne Uffelman, Dwight Morris and David Osteen.  

This photo has really sparked my interest in the history of surfing on the Island. 

If you know of anyone with more photos, boards or any memorabilia, please drop me a line thomas@lotusearth.com

So enough words, here are the restoration photos… Enjoy!

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