Name: Chad Richmond
The board on the far left is a 6’ Paulownia alaia with a mahogany tail block and redwood stringers that I left exposed near the tail to help control slides and keep the board in the pocket (This is the board featured in the short film “Against the Grain” on vimeo). The next board to the right is a 5 1/2’ alaia I shaped from redwood and inserted mahogany stringers and tail block. The board in the middle is a 5’ alaia that I shaped from a 2” thick Paulownia blank, gave it an extra deep concave and finished with stain and a blowtorch. The next one is the first alaia I shaped (inspired by a Tom Wegener design) from Paulownia and finished with stain and blowtorch designs. Last is a 5 1/2 ’ version of the board on the left with an outline inspired from a photo of a Hawaiin around the turn of the 20th century. In the front is a hand plane I made from the scraps. I suck at riding all of these, but they are super fun to make and I’d encourage any surfer to try it. Yew!