A board shaper’s passion to honor the roots of surfing is taking him coast to coast during the next two months.
Tom Stone will be an artist-in-residence in Washington, D.C. in May and Southern California in June, bringing the number of museums exhibiting his wooden surfboards to six.
Stone was recently featured on a BBC documentary. His works of art are in museums in Africa, Europe and the United States. Now Stone is in the process of selecting the boards he will take to the Smithsonian in New York.
Stone said he will haul blank boards and demonstrate his shaping skills before dozens of students to show how modern surfing got its start.
“The paki board is 16 feet long and approximately 7 inches thick,” Stone said. “That’s a big board. I created that for the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.”