We believe the handmade hand painted hand crafted boards ooze energy from their makers and ALL the fun they have provided to their riders. It’s pretty special when you think about it!

If only boards could talk…

We are a privately owned and operated museum with no government funding. As such please be patient with us regarding open times and displays but please also come in anytime escort yourself around when we are open and enjoy the stoke.

Just please be mindful of our team riders who use the space for their businesses.

Lastly we’d  love you to tag us on social media, buy a coffee and have a walk around. Hey if you like what we’re trying to do you can even donate to our ‘restore a board campaigns’ or donate that old board in your back shed?

Finally if you got something out of this site or a personal visit to us please let us know. Just promise to enjoy!

The Boarding Office Surf Museum

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2 is better than 1, eventually! In the early 70’s (the Twin fin mark) seemingly inspired by San Diego’s Steve Lis and his Fish design failed to stick in mainstream…

Simon Anderson

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Australian National Museum Torquay on the weekend of Bells, Simon is Reunited with his Rip Curl Bells 1981 big day Thruster 6’6 which he will reproduce for an upcoming project.…

Kai Lenny

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Kai Lenny, perhaps the highest profile all-round (plus talented) ocean waterman on the planet right now. He famously and amazingly rode 4 craft in 1 Day at 25ft Jaws (paddle…

Blue Hawaii Twinzer 6’2”

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One of the very special parts of this trip was returning a board home! A Blue Hawaii Twinzer 6’2” x 18 1/4” x 2 5/8” shaped by Randy Sleigh, RIP.…

9’0 Tuflite Thruster Log

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A day for sliding at Kammies with weather straight from tropical heaven. 9’0 Tuflite thruster log designed by good friend and King of 'Aloha' Randy Rarick under the Bear Surfboards…

90’s Brother’s Nielsen “Baby”

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‘Nobody keeps Baby in the corner’ 💃 A Brother's Neilsen model Board who like me were a victim of the savage GFC, so I had to get her wet again.…

7’2 Bushman

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Yesterday surf’s pumping at home 😳 and small here on the North Shore 🙄. So trips don’t always go to plan, but yesterday still had a couple of great surfs 🏄 🏄,…

Trackers and Pocket Rockets

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Trackers and Pocket Rockets had streamlined bodies and speedy shapes which very quickly replaced their V bottomed pioneers. To me they are perhaps the true meeting point of the short…

Single Fin

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Throw out your Thrusters and get on an old single fin. This old girl joined us a over a year ago and she’s been in my garage quiver rack waiting…

Joel Parkinson Hawaiian Gun

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Check out the tail profile on this Joel Parkinson Hawaiian 🌺 gun circa age 14 😳. A generous gift from great mate Al Hing to help us get The Boarding…

Byrne Thruster

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Garage sale 101. While a notable Byrne Thruster by the hands of Terry Cooper even with a Tom Carrol inspired ‘double’ signature sash this wouldn’t get many excited in its…

Gordon Woods V-Bottom

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Gordon Woods 8’0 V-Bottom 92.77 made for such a limited time these creatures are as rare as they are difficult to ride (well for this Kook anyway). Credited as the…

Australian Surfing Innovation

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Australian Surfing Innovation ran a big race in the mid 60 to 70’s both in and out of the water 🌊 The relationship of these 3 gents receives much attention…

Anzac Day Surfboards

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Lest we forget Anzac Day photo ... remembering the time Aussie surfboards went to war to help with the mental side of war, Vung Tau, Vietnam, October 1967. Sapper (rank…

Headland Hot Stuff

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Headland Hot Stuff by Neal Purchase Snr 6’0 channels with highlight and rail spray. 1985 when I started surfing, Bob Hawke was Prime minister, Paul Hogan was Australian of the…

Timber Boards Restoration

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There’s something special to me about timber Boards! Their look, the idea of ancient times or maybe it’s that juncture between carpenters/ cabinetmakers and saltwater, yeah that has to be…

Balsa Board

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It was a pleasure to meet with this old girl recently when in Hawaii. When we asked Greg Noll about this Balsa and early logo he came back with; “........it…

Stephanie Gilmore

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Having just won her 4th Bell 🛎 at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach we thought we’d celebrate 6 times World Champion Stephanie Gilmore with a board from before she…

Mick Fanning

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Thought we’d send out the positive vibes to @mfanno today at his last full time professional contest at Bells Beach as he looks to grab the chocolates for a record 5th time.…

Julian Wilson 6’6 – Pipeline Masters quiver 2015

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As we patiently wait for the Pipeline ???? to provide, we thought our own Julian Wilson who is still in with a mathematical chance of the World ????Crown could do with a good…

RIP Bruce Brown – The Endless Summer

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If the measure of a successful life is the positive imprint you leave on others then Bruce Brown exceeded even the most optimistic persons dreams. If his creations didn’t influence…

David ‘BADDY’ Treloar – A BRIEF HISTORY

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Brawny Australian regular footer from Angourie, New South Wales; David Treloar was a pioneering shortboard surfer, and runner-up in the juniors division of the Australian National Titles in 1968 and…

Geoff Darby — DARBY SURFBOARDS

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Geoff Darby shaped Thruster (2+1) 5'9 19 3/8 x 2 1/4. Shaped in 1985 the long rail decals (on bottom) were produced for boards that came out of his shop…

Mark Richards —A BRIEF HISTORY

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Mark Richards was born (1957) and raised in Newcastle, an industrial city located 100 miles north of Sydney. Ray Richards, Mark's father, was a surfer and used car salesman who, in…

Cheyne Horan — MCCOY LAZOR ZAP 1985 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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Cheyne Horan was born in 1960, a dedicated competitor and self-proclaimed advocate of individualism and innovation. Throughout his life, he stayed true to this mantra of not 'following the crowd'…

Simon Anderson — A BRIEF HISTORY

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In late 1977, Australian pro Mark Richards introduced his version of the twin-fin, a pivoting small-wave board that helped Richards win four world titles, which in turn made the twin-fin…

THE PLYWOOD OKANUI SURFBOARD 1956-57 —A BRIEF HISTORY

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The plywood Malibu or Okanui/Okanohue was the end result of the American Surf Team arriving in Australia for the Melbourne Olympic Surf Carnival which was held at Torquay Victoria in…

THE CIGAR ‘KOOK’ BOX 1930-40’S — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The kook box was a hollow ply board and was often referred to as a cigar box or a coffin box due to their uncanny resemblance. In Australia, Kook boxes…

THE PLYWOOD TOOTHPICK 1940’s-1956 —A BRIEF HISTORY

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After the war, there was a heavy focus on service so many men joined their local Surf Life Saving Clubs using Cigar 'Kook' Box boards to perform their drills. During…

THE BALSA SURFBOARD 1956-59 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The Balsa board first made waves at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. Though Surf Life Saving wasn’t counted as a legitimate sport – a Surf Life Saving carnival was held…

SHANE STRINGERLESS V-BOTTOM c. 1967—A BRIEF HISTORY

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The V Bottom is a Convex surfboard bottom design that bisects the rear and/or middle area of the board into two longitudinal panels, popularized by influential Australian board-maker Bob McTavish in…

SHANE TRACKER c.1968 — A BRIEF HISTORY

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  Trackers and Pocket Rockets had streamlined bodies and speedy shapes which very quickly replaced the V bottomed pioneers. To me they are perhaps the true meeting point of the…

THE ALAI — A BRIEF HISTORY

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The Alai originated in the 1800’s in ancient Hawaii. ‘Lala’ is a word that’s been used by the ancient Hawaiians for hundreds of years that describes the controlled slide in…

AUSTRALIA’S SURFING HISTORY HOLY GRAIL?

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SURFING HISTORY MYSTERY Pictured, Tommy Walker is one of a small group of Australian surfers documented to have been surfing in Australia before Duke Kahanamoku's famous visit in the summer…

Greg Trotter shaped KC Twin Fin

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Onshore mornings can be fun when you mix the craft. Today this 6’1 x 20 5/8ths x 2 3/4qtr Greg Trotter shaped KC Twin Fin and I plus 2-3 ft…

THE MOREY BOOGIE —A BRIEF HISTORY

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The Morey Boogie was created in Hawaii in the mid 70’s by Thomas Hugh Morey – as such Tom would go on to become the founding father of the bodyboarding…

SHANE STEDMAN — A BRIEF HISTORY

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Anthony Stedman (1941) started making surfboards in his mum’s garage in 1963. "But my first boards were so rough," he later recalled, "that I used to wax them straightaway and advertise…

Surfboard Downpipes

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Did you know? Surfboards ???? can also be used as Downpipes. It makes sense they seek water ???? but the Shane Pocket Rocket in our Club Hotel Evolution quiver has gone next level. The…

Aloha Boxed Twin Fin

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Aloha boxed Twin fin by Greg Clough. A combination you don’t see many of and a nice pick up for $35 ???? Definitely needs some love ❤️

Hot Stuff and G&S by PT

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One of our very first collectibles. The rare co-branded Hot Stuff and G&S by PT #petertownend just pre #bronzedaussies period that created so much controversy & innovation helping professional surfing arrive at its destination.…

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