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Poke House Octopus 7'2"

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Poke HouseThis sleek, hollow-framed, wooden surfboard created for the new, Poke House Santa Clara, CA location pays homage to an original Lightning Bolt shape created by Jack Shipley and Gerry Lopez. It was created in collaboration with Jessica Kendall-Bar who wood-burned incredible detail into the salvaged redwood octopus.

The bottom deck's octopus is made of redwood salvaged after a fire in Big Sur, California in 2008. It's inlayed into mahogany from an old, conference room table that was at the Poke House Headquarters in San Jose, California. The glassed-on single fin is made of Doug fir from the hull of the Western Flyer boat with a translucent sunburst pattern made of tinted, soy-based EcoPoxy.

The Western Flyer is considered by many to be the most famous fishing boat in the world. John Steinbeck, Ed "Doc" Ricketts and crew chartered this 77-foot sardine boat into the Sea of Cortez in Baja 

Western FlyerCalifornia, Mexico in 1940. The following year, Steinbeck published his book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez about the adventure. Learn more about this amazing boat and Ventana's use of its wood.

The top deck is made of mahogany from the Poke House table, redwood from from the original Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Alaskan yellow cedar from the the Western Flyer reconstruction project, spruce and Indian rosewood offcuts from Santa Cruz Guitar Company production. It includes an integrated leash and vent plug with abalone inlays made of white oak from the frame ribs of the Western Flyer. The white oak was oxidized to a black color from the square nails used to affix the hull to the ribs. 

The rails are made of cork which is more resistant to dings. There are two sheets of Aerialite 4 ounce fiberglass on top and one on bottom. The epoxy is Entropy Super Sap 100 bio-resin which is up to 40% tree sap and is very strong and light.

Jessie and MartijnAs with all Ventana surfboards, the interior is glassed and sealed, as well.

This board is hollow, lightweight and will ride as great as it looks. Given the uniqueness of each side, it's two art pieces in one.

Made in Santa Cruz, California by master artisan Martijn Stiphout in collaboration with Jessica Kendall-Bar

Includes an aluminum, museum-quality 4"x6" display sign and a handmade bag by Sagebrush Board Bags created using coffee bean sacks and unique, remnant fabrics.

See videos and photos of the build process!

Dimensions: 7'2" x 20" x 2.75"

Approx. 15 pounds 


All Ventana Surfboards are ECOBOARD Project Gold Level Verified by SustainableSurf.org!

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  • Ventana Surfboards & Supplies has the highest bars for artisanship and environmental responsibility. We create hollow-framed, reclaimed wooden surfboards; bodysurfing handplanes; eco surf apparel, and sustainable surf supplies that are loved by adventurers everywhere. The Ventana team lives and works in Santa Cruz, California where we test our products on some of the most challenging waves on the planet. Ventana donates at least 5% of profits to ocean conservation.

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