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.


  1. I miss you guys so bad...
    Your boards and theory are wonderful Dan/Tom,
    best of luck this year!
    Did Christina tell you I was surfing in SoCal a couple weeks ago?
    Waves were fun on my 9' Terry Martin, no disrespect to the legend,
    but nothing rides like a Blind Dog Hollow wood noserider.
    I never should've given her up.
    Hope to see you guys sometime this year.
    Dustin Williams

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