Monday, November 09, 2015


 Hohensee Surfboards
Pocket Rocket

Nick Masarm 

8'4" x 21 1/4" x 3 1/2"
Nose 16"
Tail 9 1/4"

 Hohensee ad.
Nick Masarm at centre
holding board.

 Up Down rails.
Up in the nose,
down in the tail.
Heavily rolled bottom at nose 
running away to a  flat tail behind the fin.

 Greenough stage 3 fin.
Base 7 1/2"
Height 9 1/4"
14 1/2" up.

 Flat rocker.

Not much was needed to be done to this board.
The tail tip needed replacing.
The tip of the fin was missing
and needed replacing.
A heavy sand, gloss coats 
top and bottom.
New pin lines.
Wet and dry sand to 1500.

Thursday, September 03, 2015


 This is a pretty refined Gordon Woods.
With the large GW on the bottom.
I think 1965/66.

 Every once in a while a board turns up and
when you look through all the dings and other damage
you think wow this board has something.
This is the case with this board.
Its owner saw the same thing and this is why
it has been restored. 
9" 2" x 22 1/8" x 3 1/4"
Wide point 4" 3" from pod.
Nose 16 3/4"
Tail 17"
Pod 5 3/4"

 I've restored a number of boards for the owner.
He likes to contribute to some of the work involved.
So it has been travelling between the two of us for 
close to 12 months.

 So the two images above is how it was 
when I received it.
Glass removed, rail dings cut out
and dings sanded ready for glassing.

 There was a large delam on the bottom nose.
This was prepped and re bonded.
The pod was badly damaged.
A cedar tail block was added. 

 Tail block.

 The large original GW on the bottom
had delaminated and had been pumped full of resin 
in an attempt to re bond it.
This resulted in the logo being pumped up above 
the level of the bottom of the board.
As it wasn't clamped or weighed down.
It was removed and replaced.

 The 12" fin was removed and a large 
delam underneath was re bonded.
The CSM fin had two layers of 6oz added per side.
Cleaned up and reset.

The board has a really nice bottom curve
and semi pinched rails.

The gloss coat was wet & dry sanded
by the owner, returned and polished by me.
The main objective was to get the board
back in the water. It was heavy to start with
 and with all the work done there was a worry
that would become to heavy. 
So no pigment work done on the obvious repairs
in an attempt to keep the weight down.

Young Sydney surfer
Keyo Rhodes
and the GW at the
2015 National Old Mal titles at
Crescent head.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


 This board is a Gordon Woods
reverse d fin.
No 4462.
With a 1 1/4" balsa stringer and
 1/4" Western red cedar side stringers.

 Pre restoration.
Numerous dings around the rails.
Alot of water stains.
9'4" x 21 3/4" x 3  9/16"
Nose 16" 
Tail 14 3/4"
Pod 4"

 The balsa stringer needed replacing
at the nose due to dry rot.
The cedar was fine and did not need replacing.

 Re bonding the delam 
under the fin.

 Typical early 60's foil.
Note the leg rope loop
at the pod.
This board is a rider.

 The CSM fin was cleaned up
and 2 layers of 6oz cloth
was added per side
before being reset.
11 1/4" high.
9 1/4" base.
1 7/8" from pod. 


Sunday, June 21, 2015


 This is a WM evolution pin tail.
 At 7' long and almost 26" wide
it is a strange one.
The pigment panels on the deck
suggest it could be a knee board.
7' x 25 7/8" 
3 1/2" to 3 3/4" thick as my calipers
would not reach the HDF stringer.
Nose 21"
Tail 20 1/2"

Medium rocker.

 The fin.
Greenough stage three variant.
13 1/2" high.
6 1/2" base.
11 1/2" from pod.
 This is it compared to a Gordon Woods 
8' x 24" board
from the same era.

Finished product.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


 This is a 1970/71 McCoy twin fin.
It has DAPPA  Grant 'Dappa' Oliver 
in pencil on foam 
at the pod on the deck.

 5'4" x 20"
This board was in very poor condition.
Depressions, dings and water stains all over.
All the depressions on the bottom were filled.
Dings repaired etc.
The board was sanded and a layer of 4oz cloth
top and bottom was added.

 Original nose.

 The fins were in bad shape.
Both were removed and repaired.
The one on the right had delamed 
and had to be glued back together.
The other fin had been attacked with a saw.

 Repaired and re set fins.

 S deck foil.