I grew up in Dwight, at the north end of Lake of Bays. My grandfather owned a marina and we were fortunate enough to have an 80HP I/O with a Corvette shell. It made for a most excellent water ski boat. We towed all kinds of things behind it, tire tubes, pieces of styrofoam, wood discs and boards and everyone skied. Whether it was shoe skiis, banana skiis, slalom or just a pair of skiis, everyone got up and everyone had fun!
With the advent of wake boarding and wake surfing and the expensive, powerful boats required to tow or generate a surf able wake, I felt that the "simple" ski experience was disappearing.
The Muskoka Surfboard was designed and developed to introduce a wide variety of people to tow surfing on a locally made, hand shaped retro surfboard. The fact that it can be towed behind tin boats, PWCs, pontoon boats and regular bow riders made it "alternative" to what was currently happening on the water. Slow speed, without boots or bindings and relatively safe, it is something that you can ride on Saturday and Sunday and still go to work on Monday.
As with everything, all good things come to an end. Even the most perfect wave eventually crashes upon a beach. Without a source of Obeche, the last Muskoka Surfboard will be produced sometime in June at around #350.
I would like to thank my wife, daughters and friends for their support. I would also like to thank my cousin, Tracey, who shaped board #36 to #296 and to the retailers who supported selling the Muskoka Surfboard. I would like to finally thank all those Muskoka Surfboarders who were brave enough to buy boards and who shared their experiences with me.