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The Name

OK, so we’re in a sleepy little village, deep in Mexico, in a small cafe, ordering up some breakfast. I go to my pocket Spanish dictionary to figure out how to order bacon and eggs. Juevos! Pronounced “WAVOS”, I read." Perfect!" I wanted some big eggs, so I asked the waitress to cook me up some “WAVOS GRANDE®! por favor”. We were gearing up for a good surf session, as we heard that a swell was a brewing along with our morning coffee. Being a little slow, it wasn’t until later that morning, when I was caught inside, getting pummeled by the big waves that I realized: A hearty breakfast of big eggs and bacon is essential when dealing with the big surf. As I popped up, gasping for air, I thought, “It takes Juevos Grande to surf “WAVOS GRANDE®!” And the name was born. So now, as I’m laboring away in my own little sweat shop, shaping surfboards, grinding away, I dream of riding my WAVOS GRANDE® surfboard on perhaps not so Grande waves.

Surf terms to help when traveling in Mexico:  "CERVESA FRIA, POR FAVOR”, “TEQUILA CON LIMA”, “MARGARITA”, “ASPARINA”, "SOL BLOCKO", "AQUA PURIFICADO".  If you do not learn this term in time, you will need to know the term "BANYO EL RAPIDO". "DONDE ESTA WAVOS GRANDE?"

The Surfboards 
Wavos Grande® was founded in 2009 when artist, surfboard builder, John McNall shaped his first surfboards under the Wavos Grande® name. But he first began making surfboards in the late seventies. Then a knee rider, influenced by George Greeno, he and his friend, Tom Harold shaped kneeboards in their garage. They experimented with different shapes including concave decks, hard down rails and hand grab rails to determine the best riding machines. There are only a few specimens still in existence as many were stolen, lost at sea or just disappeared in the fog. John still rides many of his creations but most, while fully functional, are considered “too nice” to do battle in the line up. So they are on display in various places.

Features that identify many Wavos Grande® surfboards are inlayed balsa wood. Starting with 1” thick balsa and inlaying it adds to the functionality of the surfboard, giving it strength and organic beauty. Pressure dings are also reduced. When contemporary designs are interwoven, the surfboards take on their own unique identity. Contoured rails are another design feature, allowing for thinner rails without a need for a domed deck as with conventional surfboards. In fact many of John’s surfboards have concave decks. Domed decks make it more difficult to grip and to stay on the surfboard while doing maneuvers. Great for riding bigger waves. (Wavos Grande®!). This also helps keep enough foam when dishing out the deck. The concave deck also contours to the body for a natural, comfortable fit for paddling. Other cool things that make the surfboards uniquely "Wavos" are compasses, thermometers, screws, watches and even an occasional window to see what’s going on down below. Some even have a hole at the tail for making rooster tails to spray your buddies after you snake them! Only a few surfboards are made each year - When inspiration strikes. But each surfboard is made by hand and are truly one of a kind with no or very few power tools. The goal is to create some of the most unique and beautiful surfboards anywhere, signed by the artist. Check em out!

Construction: Foam, Balsa wood, hardwood stringer, glass.


Below: From left to right - #1: One of the original short surfboards circa 1969, Concave deck, down rails, one of three in existence today.
#2: Wavos Sweat Shop today
Intro Pics


Detail: Compass


Detail: Thermometer

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Detail: Screw

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