I caught my first wave in 1969 at Wreck Bay (Florentia) after a young man living on the beach loaned me his surfboard. Ever since, I have spent a lifetime enjoying the ocean and riding waves.
Allen has been making hollow red cedar surfboards since 2009, motivated by a deep respect for the environment and the impact throw-away foam boards have on it. He
builds hollow boards that look and feel like a solid wood board, but have all the performance benefits of a lightweight foam board except his will last for generations. His boards are replicas of classic shapes that have been tried and tested.
Then there are his beautiful paddles carved in red and/or yellow cedar, and arbutus, all ethically sourced wood from Vancouver Island. The smooth curved lines and shape of each design serve a specific function. Some are tapered to quietly break the surface tension of the water without a splash, some are wide and long to be used by a helmsman to steer. Allen considers himself very fortunate to have been born and raised on Vancouver Island and his paddles reflect the west coast culture that surrounds him.
Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world to live.