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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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

Oct 17, 2016

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, 2016

Perfect weather, huge crowd, and awesome boats. Stunning boats. One was a 1911 New England lobster fishing boat. It was built like a brick poop house, huge timbers and lots of bolts. Beautiful canoes and kayaks. There were "100 vendors and folks with wood boats. My spot was suppose to be at least 10 x 10 for a tent but ended up on a small brick strip between ticket sales (needed to buy food) and a hot dog stand.

Jul 9, 2016

Terrible death that could have been avoided

It doesn't have to happen, Two days ago I watched five people swimming out past the surfline. The wind was side shore about 30 mph and wicked side shore current. I went wading out to play with our grand kids and couldn't stand up from the current. An hour later a helicopter was flying over Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach looking for them. They must have made it to shore, nothing was reported.

Yesterday a 12 year old boy drowned.

You might think you can swim but that is way foolish logic. In the ocean, you'll never win if the conditions are rough and windy. Why proved to your friends you can beat nature. On this, you will loose.

So for God sake don't be stupid while visiting our beaches. If you don't see good surfers out there, don't go out. Learn about rip tides and for heaven sakes don't let children go too far in the surf.

Blind Dog

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Rescue crews are temporarily stopping their search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing in the ocean in Myrtle Beach while swimming Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police says the young swimmer went missing in the water near 73rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The teen was swimming with his brother when lifeguards and other swimmers noticed the two looked like they needed help.
Lifeguards and a bystander were able to rescue one of the swimmers. The missing swimmer has been identified as a 14-year-old black male, wearing blue swim trunks, but officials have not released the boy’s name.
Around 5:50 p.m. the rescue crews had to suspend the search with jet skis and boats because of lightning in the area. Lt. Crosby says officers will remain on the beach and once conditions improve, they will resume the use of watercraft equipment.

Lt. Crosby says the swimmer who was pulled to safety has been treated and released from a local hospital. Police confirm the two brothers are visiting Myrtle Beach with their family from  Georgia.