Washburn Board Across the Bay celebrates the life of Tom Blake

 

Washburn Board Across the Bay honors the life of Tom Blake; a native son of Washburn and one of the world’s well known long board surfers. Tom Blake is most famous for his innovative hollow surfboard in 1926 and the application of the fin, or skeg, to surfboards in 1935. He built the prototype of the 1st wind surfer, or sailboard, in 1931. Other improvements to water rescue and water photography include the rescue buoy and water proof housing unit for cameras. Tom returned to northern Wisconsin and passed away at the age of 92.

Video on the life of Tom Blake