Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Life Aquatic
On a side note, late great surf legend Tom Blake is credited as the pioneer in paddle board construction in the early 1930s. Blake built a replica of an olo surfboard ridden by ancient Hawaiian kings.. He lightened his redwood replica (olo were traditionally made from wiliwli wood) by drilling it full of holes and then covering them, creating the first ever hollow board as well as introducing the first modern paddle board. Blake promoted paddle boards are lifeguard rescue tools, but they also proved to be a wave tool of choice among serious watermen. Paddle boards are NOT to be confused with SUPs! (Stand Up Paddle boards).