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The creators - an inside look at Local Hero surfboards

The creators - an inside look at Local Hero surfboards

Ever wondered what's involved in making a surfboard? Take a look inside the workshop of local legend and surfboard shaper Graeme Bunt as he makes us our very own 'Bunty' board.

Here at Latitude50 we love surfing and how could we not with the fantastic surf of Polzeath right on our doorstep? We were excited to design our very own surfboard to be made by local company Local Hero surfboards, creator of the famous 'Bunty' boards.

Founder Graeme Bunt has been shaping since 1979 and has been taught around the world by the very best in the business. Take to the waves in Cornwall and you are very likely to see a Bunty board flying past.

Each and every board is hand shaped, painted and polished to perfection in the little factory in the estuary town of Wadebridge. We were lucky enough to be invited into the Local Hero workshop to see our surfboard taking shape.

Local Hero Surfboards in Wadebridge, North Cornwall Local Hero Surfboards can be found tucked away in Wadebridge, just ten minutes from the pumping surf of Polzeath
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall Step one of making a surfboard is producing a wooden stringer. This runs down the middle of the board and is glued between the foam blocks before the board is cut to shape
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall The board is roughly cut to start with and then refined. Here Graeme is drawing the shape of the fish tail ready to cut
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall The surfboard is hand sanded to create the final shape. This includes sanding down the runners on either side
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall The shape of the surfboard is all done by eye which is what makes it such an art
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall Once Graeme is happy with the final shape of the board it is ready for the next stage - art working
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall The board is moving to the glassing room where a sheet of fibreglass is cut to size and fraped over the board
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall Graeme mixes up the colours we have chosen for our board with the resin and these are poured onto the fibreglass
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall The resin mixed with the tint is evenly spread across the board, one side at a time
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall Our design includes our brand colours - a lovely charcoal grey with a bright turquoise colour for the fish tail
Handmade Bunty surfboard by Local Hero Surfboards, Wadebridge, North Cornwall Once the colour has been applied, the board goes into the hot box for the resin to set

To find out more about Local Hero please click here.

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