hollow surfboard

Type of wooden surfboard/paddleboard popular in the 1930s and '40s; invented and almost single-handedly developed by Wisconsin-born surfer and board designer Tom Blake.

Judged on its wave-handing characteristics, the hollow board was at best a lateral step in the surfboard's design evolution. But because it was lighter than the solid-wood plank boards used in the early decades of the 20th century—the average plank weighed about 60 pounds, while a 12-foot hollow weighed about 45 pounds—surfin...