The "WOODIE" 2014


"The Woodie" was the first car linked specifically to surfing, and to many it is still the quintessential wave wagon. Traditionally, the "surf car," meaning any car owned by an avid surfer, must serve two basic purposes: 

1) it must somehow be able to accommodate a cluster of surfboards, either internally or up top on racks and 
2) it must look cool enough to turn both female and male heads when rolled up to any surf spot. 

Originally built in the '40's and '50's, Woodies have long ago left the hands of surfers to become cherished and very collectable Classic cars. Restoring a Classic car is expensive enough, but restoring a wooden car is an even more expensive, painstaking process requiring the skill of true craftspeople. With the price of a fully restored Woodie well above $100,000, how does a surfer capture the essence and utility of these Classics while being be cool enough to turn heads in 2014?

Tilley Surfboards, that is. The result of a relationship between Octovo Design and an Oregon-based surfboard manufacturer, Jason Tilley. Tilly is trained in building custom wooden sailboats, he's a lifelong surfer, and had been working on a technique for building custom wooden surfboards. 

Most boards have a foam core and fiberglass exterior; the combination is simultaneously lightweight and sturdy. Instead of fiberglass, Tilley’s boards have an exoskeleton of locally milled cedar, that’s layered on the foam core in sheets and then vacuum molded to fit. 
Another way form meets function, and has roots in the utility of the wooden cars surfers loved, is Tilly wanted to also design boards for travel. They incorporate numerous elements from integrated tie-downs to a style of board capable of use in a variety of conditions. 

Enjoy this video of Jason's talents. To get your own Woodie visit the Tilly Surfboard website. Prices start at about $3,000.

To learn more about Octovo Design and their relationship with Jason Tilly, visit the OCTOVO site.