Pat Burnett made his first wooden surfboard in 2007 as an experiment in finding a way to make a surfboard that would be better for the environment than the mass produced foam and fibre glass variety. 

Since then, he hasn’t stopped. In 2012, he took his love for wooden surfboards full-time, and in 2013 became the first in South Africa to start offering wooden surfboard workshops, where people could build their own wooden surfboards. 

Entirely self taught, Pat concentrates mostly on hollow wooden surfboards, but is also experienced in making composite wooden surfboards with recovered or up-cycled foam.

Inspired by the magnificent natural environment of Cape Town, he has a workshop near Cape Point.

Wooden surfboards have taught and continue to teach him about the value of craftsmanship and working with your hands, and the magic that can be found in the journey.