Ancient surfboards recreated in Santa Cruz

Surfing is a past time that was started out of pure joy. It wasn’t a necessity, until people started surfing, then it became one. The Sport of Kings as it is often referred to was an integral part of ancient cultures and was first documented by Joseph Banks on the HMS Endeavor in 1769. Now in Santa Cruz, the site where three Hawaiian princes traveled and surfed the first mainland waves,  the princes boards have been replicated. Made out of redwood, Bob Pearson from Arrow Surf Shop shaped these 17 foot long, 250 pound “planks” essentially staying true to the boards of old with no fins.


Three Hawaiian princes traveled to Santa Cruz 130 years ago, shaped surfboards out of redwood trees and rode waves at the San Lorenzo River mouth. It was the first time anyone had surfed at a U.S. mainland beach.

Shaper Bob Pearson, of Arrow Surf Shop, recreated the Hawaiian princes’ surfboards.

Coming in at 250 pounds and 17 feet long with no fins, the wooden surf boards are unlike any that surfer Ken Collins has ever ridden before.

“Those are prehistoric,” Collins said. “Dinosaur boards, there’s no fins on it, no control, you’re pretty much trying to get it straight.”

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