We took a little break from the shop today and went and found some mini-peelers to have fun on. 8’2″ Panzer board.
We are lucky enough to have a couple boards down at Birds Surf Shed in San Diego. Birds Shed is unlike any surf shop on the planet. It is more impressive than any surf museum I have ever seen, and what makes it really special is that the boards are ready to ride, and for sale! The Quonset hut located in an industrial end of San Diego is home to some of the most rare, eclectic boards imaginable. If you have not been to check it out, you really should. Bird is a legend, and a great guy so stop by and see if you can get a story or two out of him. He also sells wetsuits, trunks, handplanes, wax, and other surfing necessities.
Head on down and check out the Ventana boards before they are gone!
San Diego, CA 92110
We had a blast, and we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made it possible. We couldn’t have done it without Suna, Dana, Leda, and the whole Stripe crew. Thanks to all our friends and family that came out to have a good time, and thanks to all of our new friends that we made. The boards look great up on the walls, but they would look better in the curl, so head on down to Stripe and check them out. The show will be up until the end of the month, so don’t miss your chance.
Best wishes, and thanks again!
We will be having our boards up in Stripe this Friday for the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour. Come stop by and check out a brand new batch of custom boards and handplanes. Stripe is a very eclectic, amazing store that is located at 107 Walnut Ave. Downtown Santa Cruz. We are very excited to show off some of our latest boards at such a great venue, and we have some surprises up our sleeves so make sure to stop by for some wine and a good time!
Stripe / Ventana First Friday
5-9 PM Friday, November 4th
107 Walnut Ave. Downtown Santa Cruz
What a fun evening of handplaning at two-six!
Photos by Diego Nargoli
A few weeks back we were visited by two really great guys, Tyler Fox and Jon Free. They run a local website called “Santa Cruz Waves” which is a really cool site geared toward the Santa Cruz surf scene as well as local restaurants, music, and so on. They stopped in to do a short article on their website about our boards, and to share what they are working towards with their website. Fox was really eager to try out a board, so we told him to stop by anytime and we would go for a surf. A few days later the swell picked up to 16′ on the buoy. Fox showed up at our shop in the afternoon, straight from an early morning surf at Mavericks, and suggested that we go catch a few. I gave him my personal board, a 9’0″ Redwood glider, and I took out my 7′ Birch hull. He surfed the board amazingly and gave some great feedback on the design. It was the best day we’ve had in town all year, no wind, 80 degree weather, and pumping surf.
For some shots of Tyler Fox on the glider click here
Be sure to check out SantaCruzWaves.com
This is a 6’6″ Single fin with a fishtail and wing bumps, all made of recycled Redwood. The decks are Birch, the vent and leash cup are also made of Birch, with an abalone inlay. Nice glass-on Redwood/Poplar single fin, concave in the nose progressing to vee off the tail. 21 1/8″ wide, 2 1/2″ thick, 4 1/2″ nose rocker, 1″ tail rocker.
Shaped by Martijn
This is another slim version of the tanker boards, same shape as the Redwood SlimTanker but with Cedar decks and fin, with Redwood stringers. Very unique leash and vent plug combo, all hand-made as usual. Redwood sides on deck and bottom, with a Redwood/Cedar tail, and a brass fish inlay in the fin.
Available at Lumen Gallery in Capitola 831-607-9255 SOLD SOLD SOLD
Shaped by Martijn
This is an 8’2″ tanker-type board, much like our other 8’2″, but slimmed down a bit. 21 1/2″ width, 2 1/2″ thick, 4″ nose rocker, 3″ in the tail. Concave in the nose to slight Vee in tail. Single glass-on fin.
The decks are Redwood, Pine, and Doug Fir, with matching leash cup and fin.
This is a “German inspired” design, as it was built by our visiting journeyman Niklas from Germany, who came to work with us for a week and learn the art of hollow wooden surfboard construction.
Shaped by Niklas and Martijn
Southlanders can now find Ventana Surfboards and Handplanes in the finest surf shops California has to offer. Please swing by and check out our boards in person, and support these great shops!
Bird’s Surf Shed - Breathtaking. The coolest (ready to ride) surfboard collection ever assembled. Bird carries what surfers need, and nothing more. A real no BS surf shop that is also host to great community events and gatherings. If you haven’t been, go.
Surf Indian - A true artisan surf shop. Beautiful boards, non corporate clothing, and plenty of cool books, movies, and gear. Great guys, and a very cool space. They also host amazing art shows every month, so keep your ear to the ground.
Surfy Surfy - The Moonlight Glassing storefront. Moonlight is well known as the Cadillac of glass jobs, and Surfy Surfy holds to that high standard. With a killer board selection, as well as handplanes, fins, and anything you need to get wet, Surfy Surfy has it all.
Congratulations to the winners of a custom Ventana Handplane! We thank you for your stewardship of one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Thank you so much for making it happen!
The Yosemite Face lift is an annual clean up put on by Ken Yager and the Yosemite Climbing Association. The Face Lift is a very special event where volunteers come from around the globe to clean up the park in an unprecedented grass roots effort. You will never see Yosemite as clean as after the Face Lift. Thanks to everyone who participated!!
For more info check out: YCA Face Lift