First Hollow Wooden Board Surfed In A WSL Heat
In what is apparently a historic first, a surfer used a hollow wooden board in a WSL heat. Not a longboard either, but a performance shortboard for the Euro leg of the Qualifying Series.
At the recent Santa Cruz Pro in Portugal, 31-year old Caina Souza from Baía da Traição in Brazil, surfed a chambered hollow wooden board made by Bosiny Surf, also of Santa Cruz.
Curently rated 134th on the QS, Souza paddled out for his Round of 112 heat on the board, garnering a 7.07 heat total and a second place finish. Advancing to the Round of 96, Souza could only find 3.97 and was bundled out of the contest. It's not known if he also surfed the board in that heat.
Yesterday, the final of the Santa Cruz Pro was won by French surfer Marco Mignot.
High performance boards that use wood veneer often layer it over an EPS blank. Bosiny, however, eschew the blank and go for the classic toothpick construction of a chambered wooden frame. They're not entirely doing away with chemicals as the frame is covered by a kevlar top skin - yes, kevlar - and a layer of 4oz fibreglass.
Bosiny claim their boards are "impossible" to snap even though they are of comparable weight to a stanard PU shorty - 32 litres - 3.4 kilograms.