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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Dec 1, 2018

2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show

This past Summer, Volvo Cars (US) commissioned a short (6' 7")  board for this auto show. They wanted to stage it with a very unique pair of snow (powder) skis, Magnum Opus. The top surface is a very stunning wood veneer and Volvo wanted the board to match the ski wood color. Friend and fellow surfboard builder, Tom Allen/Tradition Surfboards, handled the tint job on my board. 

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Dean Shaw,  PR Director, Volvo Cars (US) 

Jul 13, 2018

8' Mini Mal Sunrise

This board will work well in small to shoulder high surf. Fin set-up is 2+1 and best with two thrusters and 7" fin.  White and red Western cedar, wood is book matched rising sun and top deck. Board is 8'2" x 23 1/2" x 3 1/2". Nose (@12" is 19" and tail @ 12" is 15 1/2". Sold to Nissan North America, Inc.

Jan 25, 2018

Board for sale

$1300 for this board. 9'6" Nose Rider For Myself . For no other than this board shares my rack and needs a new home. 

Hand crafted, not a kid board. Made with Western Red Cedar. This nose rider is well suited for our beach beaks and at 9'6" x 23.5" x 3.5" it has a sweet profile and surfs very well. The Rising Sun harkens back to days when boards were made of wood and painted with a Rising Sun. Each piece is hand cut an fitted for a truly unique, showcase board. The sun is Australian Lacewood, while I use balsa and dark cedar for nose and tail blocks. 

If your intention is to surf it, I will live the wax on her. If she's a wall hanger (about half of what I make goes up on a wall) I'll get her cleaned and run a buffer over her. 



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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