The Gonzalez Project

Posted in Wooden Surfboards on March 28th, 2010 by admin

Life in paradise is still life, things happen and you must deal with them.  My

power steering pump broke on a trip with the family to surf in Punta de Mita.  After some inquiries I was directed to Los Hermanos used auto parts store in Peutro Vallarta( Anyone needing quality auto parts in PV should definitely check it out).  The owner Peter Gonzalez helped me get exactly the parts I needed.  I fixed my pump in his parking lot and proceeded to ask him about the pile of used lumber that was for sale in his parking lot.  He told me that he had bought forty “Cash for Clunker” cars in San Diego and built a specialized  double decker trailer to bring them down to Mexico.  (He then takes these cars apart and sells almost 100% of the usable parts off the cars).  The lumber was what was left of the trailer.  He then asked me why I was interested in the lumber.  I told him that I had a small company making custom hollow wooden surfboards from reclaimed wood and that I was planning on making a surfboard during my stay in Mexico.  Peter then told me he was a surfer and proceeded to show me a classic Frye 9’6″ longboard that he had at his store.  One thing led to another and by the time I left he had commissioned me to make him an 8’0″ fish from the reclaimed wood he had used to transport recycled cars to resell in Mexico.  When you think about it takes the reuse philosophy of Lambrecht Surfboards one step further.  Life is very funny how it reveals different opportunities in different ways.  I feel very fortunate and excited to be working on this project.