WINTER SOLSTICE, 2006
I paddled into my local lineup on the rocky, reef deficient East side Big Island today. A haole kid saw my bamboo board and in slight pidgin, asked: Eh, brah! Nice board! How long you been shaping?
In preparation for this article I had been looking at lots of old photos. I had just seen the first board I had shaped in 1963 - an old Walker blank from San Clemente. My shaping consisted of scrapping off the hard foam crust. It wasnt a close tolerance blank - but hey, I shaped it - didnt I?
So I told the kid I started in 1963..... expecting him to figure it out .
Brah, I go Pahoa, I no can do da math. he said.
I replied I have been shaping over 40 years.
Wow, dats a long time. Anyway, da bamboo THEORY kinda cool! he remarked.
THEORY! I gasped. This is NO THEORY, it is real!
It is not just an idea, this is a real board.
Photo Above: New Bamboo Surfboards are being created almost daily. Sherri, Clyde and the first Biofoam Bamboo Fish - You CAN ride these at your local beach. January 2007, Hilo.
Well mabbe if dey moa popular.... he said.
A set was coming, I muttered as I paddled for position
Just because Bamboo surfboards are not in the
magazines does not mean they are a theory.
LEFT: Konas Ceviche Dave testing the Bamboo Theory - Winter 2007 on a 6-5 Bamboo Fish shaped and laminated by Gary Young.
Photo: Blaine Alconera