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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Jan 29, 2013

$1300 - Building a 9'6" Nose Rider - Sold

I started this in early December. There is an exhibit in Raleigh, NC in March, that is being sponsored by NC Fine Arts Society  that we entered into, at least sent in an application for 3 dimensional art submission. I can just see their eyes rolling, "Must be something in the air in Calabash....a surfboard?"  Well we will see. This board is being built for that event. All the woods are matched and with exceptional grain patterns. If it doesn't make their cut, guess I'll just have to surf it. ;)

Here is 4 frames per minute video of this build out. This board is 23.5" wide, 3.25" thick, at nose is 18.5" and tail is 16", and has our Evo rail foils. It will have 2+1 fin array but will probably be surfed with a Bing 10" Hatchet fin only.



I started to sand with new 5" Dewalt disc sander but too much noise and did not like the results. Seems in talking with other HWS builders, there is a point where you are tired of noise and just do it by hand. Actually hand sanding is rather rewarding. You can see your work as it changes from gobs of glue and hunks of wood into something that has a bit of your soul forever in it.

Jan 27, 2013

A discussion about rails

All our long boards have been using what Dennis calls Evo taper. Much like an Alaia,  they offer really good control that you can not get with foam. I've seen Bing's Silver Spoon nose rider and it has a softer version of our taper but we can get a much better defined, thinner taper with wood. On Dennis blog he wrote this about his design:

Rails make me happy. The tapered rails I've been surfing and building are the best. I'm reminded of this every time I get out in the water. It's a lot easier to manage my board when it doesn't have those fat boaty rails. You wouldn't think it'd make much of a difference but, it does.
Tapered rails work for me for two reasons. I think it's easier to catch waves because of the board's foil shape. The only way to get that shape is with tampered rails. What I like best though is having better rail control when dropping in or turning. With a fat not so tapered rail, it's a lot harder to feel that rail. The shape of the bottom also makes a huge difference. I like some belly in the middle, nose concave and vee in the tail. Those features work better for me than a board with a flat bottom.

Ok, that's how it works for me. I love my evo and the nose rider is going to be even better. All you guys that have to run to the nose to stay in the wave know what I'm talking about.



I'm not a big wave chaser, sort of been there, done that kind of mentality but I took an Evo railed 8'4" Mini Mal out at Ocean Isle Beach pier. Took three good waves and found this foil to work really well on over head surf. It give good rail bite and really good edge control. As Dennis states it works equally good with a nose rider profile.

Jan 8, 2013

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