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

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Oct 15, 2017

9'8" Nose Rider

Plan is for an 18 3/4" nose, 16 1/2" tail (tail block 8"), 24" wide, 3 1/4" thick. 5" nose rocker 3 3/4" tail rocker.  sort of old school rail foils. Little early to think that part through. Single fin...of course.

Center spar 2 5mm plywood. I use water based contact cement, better for the environment. Problem was getting the two pieces to have enough clamping pressure.so I run over this spar with my car. :)   


At this point it weights 15.5 pounds. I'm waiting for a shipment of Paulownia to help keep weight to around  21 pounds. 

Jul 7, 2017

Want to try out a woody?

Just might head down to this event in October. I'll bring extra boards. Meet fellow wood board builders including Dennis Hansen, Dirty Crow Surfboards and maybe Tom Allen from Tradition Surfboards, and myself.


May 26, 2017

From 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show

I was asked to build a board similar to a foam board with black fading to board material, but made from wood. The tricky part was getting the flat black to fade. This picture doesn't do it justice. The black is uniform across the nose and fades nicely to wood. The only thing I can think of is the lighting, but in any case, the black is just not showing up right.  Tom Allen, fellow board builder and wizard with paints, did the work.

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May 4, 2017

Rip Tide season

Over the last three years, Tom and I have rescued three kids from being washed out in rip tides. The scary part was their parents never knew it happened.

If you think you can out swim one, well maybe you can. The reality is probably not and children are easily over powered by rip currents. The issues seems to be they feel protected while holding on to a boogy board, they are not. Or they know how to swim. Ocean swimming is completely different animal.

1. Always keep an eye on your children. Know where they are at all times.
2. Boogy boards are unsafe insurance.
3. If you're not from around here and don't know what a rip tide/current looks like, as a local. Hit up the guy/gal on that red ATV doing beach patrol.
4. There are NO lifeguards at Sunset Beach or Ocean Isle Beach.
5. Take two minutes and read the posted sign at SB boardwalks about rip tides.

More about Rip Tides:  Rip Tide Dangers

Have a safe vacation at our beach.

Want to learn to how to surf and water safety, call Tom, upper right corner of this page.

Dec 9, 2016

9' 1" Longboard

Interested in this board. Drop me an email: BlindDogSurfboards@yahoo.com

Finished. Rails sanded and polished. Leash cording in place. :)  Board came out 9'3" x 23" x 2 7/8" and 21 pounds, perfect. 

Just started, 12-9-2016, a longboard. I'm thinking a concave nose, slight V in the back, single fin, maybe 2+1 fin set-up. I'd like to do a Rising Sun on this one, not certain. Sort of pointed nose and squash tail. Probably moderate rocker in the front and at the tail. More than a nose rider but less than one with continuous rocker. Rails will be a little fuller than a pinched rail, maybe 30/70 into 40/60 and 70/30 tail. I'm not too concerned about weight so probably around 21 pounds. That'll help on chest to head high and hard off-shore windy days.

The ribs shown here are just for placement of rails. They are from a 9'8" Bing like nose rider.

Gibby, my neighbor, learning a new skill.

Lace Wood Rising Sun
3rd up, showing rocker profile compared to nose rider boards 1 and 2.

2+1  fin set up. this is FCS 9" snap-in center fin