Yolo, Bote & Tahoe

We are proud to present some of our happy customers pictures of their paddle boards on our paddle board racks. Stylish storage designs that come in different wood choices and styles because when you aren’t paddling you need to place to keep your paddle board within reach safe and secure. So, if you have the room, why not put it inside and why not use a set of paddle board racks that aren’t big and bulky and are actually very nice looking to add to the decor of your home.

Yolo on hawaiian gun rack cedar sup racks

Yolo sup on Hawaiian Gun Rack cedar wall racks


This Yolo offers serene transcendence for the den while waiting for the next day off paddle.





The new move to a smaller apartment created a unique situation that was solved by placing the Tahoe paddle board at an angle using the back wall, which looks out onto the beach, as a stop to keep the board from slipping out. Easy on/easy off allowed this customer to literally walk out the front door to take a paddle every morning. The hawaiian gun rack paddle board wall rack allows the board to sit closer to the wall acting more like artwork than storage.

Great use of the Hawaiian Gun Rack vertical wall rack on a Bote sup kept in the living room between between paddles …and at night it’s a lighting sconce.

Bote on hawaiian gun rack vertical wall rack

Day Bote rides a wall

bote on hawaiiangunrack paddle board wall rack

Adding texture with light.







Falling in love with your Surfboard.

It’s really hard to explain how you fall in love with a surfboard …but it happens. It’s like loving your first car …or for some …a nice pair of shoes. My first board was a rite of passage and it wasn’t like I just ran out to the local shop and bought the first surfboard that I saw. I wanted something to reflect my sense of self …my style – even though I hadn’t even started surfing yet. I looked at ads on Craig’s list, on swell.com and talked to everyone I knew that surfed. Then one day this guy overheard me having a conversation about looking for a surfboard and he pointed me to a “Wingnut” that was designed by Robert August and made by a company using epoxy composites called Surftech. I took one look at it and – Boom! it was mine. I was surfing the next day. Of course I didn’t listen to all my surfing buddies who kept saying don’t learn on a new board. Of course I dinged it …and of course I felt the pain of embarrassment when I had to go fix it. But I will never forget that I believe from that point on I got more careful with that board and ended up becoming a better surfer.

I lived in a one bedroom apartment and had an old 1969 Firebird convertible, that I used as a car rack for my surfboard, and went out every chance I could as I spent every spare moment learning how to surf. I could not wait to pull up to Sunset, a local spot just south of Topanga Canyon, and don on my armor, the wetsuit, pull my surfboard from my car, crawl down the craggy rocks to paddle out on my “Cadillac” of surfboards. I would surf until my arms could not paddle anymore or my skin turned blue from the cold. Rain or shine, typical beginner, I was out on the water.

My board was now a part of me daily life and it came time to stop stubbing my toe and tripping over it so I had to figure out how to hang a surfboard. And it couldn’t be just any wall rack that would hold my “wingnut” …it had to be something that I could incorporate into my apartment and my lifestyle. The surfboard wall rack had to be something that would turn my board into a piece of art that would reflect my journey to become a waterman. The surfboard wall mount could not extend from the wall very far, it had to cradle the surfboard to protect it and it had to display the board like surf art. Most of the surf racks at the time had some long extruding post or arm that stuck too far out into space thereby limiting my ability to walk around in my small apartment. So I decided to build my own surfboard rack …and created the Hawaiian Gun Rack. I made it easy to mount a surfboard on a wall in fifteen minutes or less. I made it to hold most types of surfboards and I made it out of wood to look appealing in my home. At the time I didn’t realize it but I was starting a company. I soon discovered other people were looking for handcrafted surf racks to store their board. Now my surfboard racks can be seen all over the world.

Robert August Wingut

Robert August Wingut on handcrafted surfboard rack

That’s how I fell in Love with my surfboard. I still have it. And now I’ve begun collecting …my prized acquisition is a Tom Blake Paddle Board built by the Catalina Equipment Company. I get pictures from customers from all over the world sharing their favorite board. The picture at the top of the page is an autographed Gerry Lopez Longboard on a set of Hawaiian Gun Rack 50 surf racks. The picture below is from a customer in Germany using her board to decorate her living room when she’s not surfing.

surfboard wall racks as decoration

Using surfboard racks to decorate your home.

Support your local Craftsman.

When you buy direct from us you support a whole local community of artisans and craftsman that we have relationships with.

We look for quality designer/makers and local artists and we bring them to you thru our site. We don’t just resell …we design, handcraft and install our racks all over Los Angeles & Southern California. We invented the Hawaiian Gun Rack brand of products and helped start a new form of turning your storage problem into art.

This gives us working knowledge and experience to know the quality of the products we seek and offer. We like to meet new local artesians to discover their talents that a lot of people don’t know exist and we hope to make those introductions via our interactions.

In May we partnered with the Venice Family Health clinic and Google studios in Venice, California with several Venice artists and their surfboard art that were auctioned off to raise money for the clinic to help people in need from the local Venice community.

Artist: Elwood Risk Piece:


Artist: Greg Siff   Gregory-Siff

Piece: Black Ink Skulls




Artist:                    Julia Montgomeery

Piece:                   Blue Sardine






Our surfboard racks and paddle board racks are unique and stylish enough for any home, office or Store front and several weeks ago… Restoration Hardware called us to advise and install our wooden vertical wall racks to add to their new store located on the Santa Monica promenade. R&H-finsOne of the designers visited our shop in Carson California to look first hand at what we had to offer and after some questions we agreed to install our Blonde Vertical Surfboard rack for their 4 vintage style long boards for their new store display. They picked up 2 surfboards from Travis Reynolds, a local Santa Cruz shaper, 1 Yater and 1 Anderson surfboard from Mollusk, a local surf shop with 3 locations in southern California.



These surfboard were retro “logs” reminiscent of the late 1960’s with a beige color scheme and redwood stringers to blend and accent the beige walls with dark wood trim surrounding the hallway entrances to the inside of the store.



And true to our original design a local craftsman sent us a picture from the east coast of our Hawaiian Gun Rack Mahogany surfboard rack being used at an Art Gallery to exhibit an amazing piece of surfboard art by Jonathan Nimerfroh  called “Slurpee Surfcraft”.

topher-picMahalo Nui Loa








Surfboard rack as decor

TURNING YOUR SURFBOARD INTO ART –                                  MARCH 2016

Living on the west coast near the ocean means plenty of choices for outdoor activities.
And with the ocean so close to 90 percent of the state it’s easy to realize that surfing and stand up paddle boarding are the preferred option for recreational fun. But surfboards are not something you put in your pocket or strap on your back for a days outing. They require transportation and ultimately a place to put them when you aren’t using them.

So what if you could combine two aspects of a storage problem. Like taking your surfboard and putting it somewhere that is dead space …like a wall in your apartment. What if you could find a storage solution that not only stored your surfboard but allowed you to hang your surfboard in a way that made it look more like artwork than just a play toy. Hawaiian Gun Rack® a local small business that hand crafts surfboard racks has designed several stylish options for all kinds of surfboards and paddle boards that are extremely affordable and versatile.

Bamboo Tahoe paddle board on bamboo paddle board racks

stylish paddle board racks for the home

Some of the surf racks are for indoors and are made using bent birch wood sandwiched between decorative woods like Mahogany or Hawaiian Koa that will fit almost any accent already in your home, office or apartment. What makes them unique is their ability to be used in non-traditional formats. Like say …angling a paddle board to fill an empty wall in your one bedroom apartment next to the beach. Like this bamboo Tahoe paddle board used for yoga in the mornings and now acts as sustainable art in a lovely one bedroom bungalow. The owner chose the light bamboo paddle board rack made by Hawaiian Gun Rack to turn their storage problem into art.

As an example another alternative to displaying or storing your surfboard on a wall you can utilize some of that over head space with ceiling racks that attach to the rafters. Several companies make ceiling surf racks that are fairly affordable and if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, then here are some great alternatives that Hawaiian Gun Rack sells at affordable prices.

The Hawaiian Gun Rack® surfboard ceiling rack combines an old fashioned look to their wood line of surf racks that can handle just about any job and look really stylish doing it. They’re affordable and easy to install. Using rope with a unique knotting system that allows for some adjustability and wood struts covered with cork neoprene padding that protect the surfboard.

old school ceiling-surf-rack

Ceiling surfboard rack

These simple looking and affordable racks add a touch of “old school” flare and they customize each rack to fit your board or boards …just tell them how far you want the board to hang from the ceiling and the maximum width of the board and they do the rest. When your ceiling rack arrives a few days later …all you have to do is drill a pilot hole into the ceiling joist and screw in the eye bolts. Maybe takes 15 minutes max. These are great for garage or in home display if you want something more stylish than a pair of metal tubes.

A couple of tips when planning to install a ceiling rack…

1. Make sure you know where the wood joists are. In most modern day houses they are either 16 or 24 inches on center and that’s something to consider when installing thru a drywall or stucco covered ceiling. It’s not a good idea to hang anything off drywall.
2. Figure out how far you will have to reach to put the surfboard into the surf rack. If you have a taller ceiling you don’t want to struggle by leaning on your toes or using the “toss and hope” method while attempting to put your expensive surfboard or paddle board into place.
3. And don’t forget about the Fin …some surfboard’s have a 12” fin and you will want to make sure it’s not dangling down at eye level.

metal ceiling surf rack

metal ceiling surf rack

The metal ceiling surf racks are all fairly similar …squashed U shaped bent tubing that is usually powder coated or painted for protection against the outdoors. They are good for garage storage where the weather may seep in from time to time and, except for one brand, usually designed to be used with one surfboard per rack. Some of them are hollow tubes and others are solid with foam tubing for the surfboard’s protection. These are usually used for garage storage but if you want something with a more metallic look for an “industrial look” these work great.

The Expandable Ceiling surf rack is unique in that it has “add on” rack arm components that bolt into the base unit.(you have to buy the base unit first to properly combine these add on arms). This rack system will allow you to add up to 2 more boards for a total of 3 surfboards that can be hung, one under the other, from the ceiling.

sup ceiling rack

sup ceiling rack

We highly recommend not installing these systems into just drywall or stucco. Safety should always be the main concern and it’s hard to see to other side of the drywall to tell if the drywall has been compromised by water damage or has cracked from old age. Even though there are many drywall anchors that say they can hold weights over 50 lbs. if you look at the small print almost all of them warn against mounting them into ceilings.

Here are some other decorative ideas…

If the surfboard is long enough and the rafters are close enough you can always slant the boards across the ceiling using the color of your surfboards as the decorative accent. And if you have a slanted ceiling you can use the Hawaiian Gun Rack® ceiling surf rack because it is made with rope that can be adjusted for a short and a long side allowing the surfboard to now act as hanging tapestry.

Hawaiian Gun Rack created and invented using more decorative storage solutions and are experts in design and installation so if you have a particular need or a question please don’t hesitate to call.


Antique Koa Surfboard Treasure

Antique Koa Surfboard

koa surfboard

vintage koa surfboard

Hard to believe, but one day Meredith happened by a local pawn shop in Lahaina and discovers what looks like a vintage Surfboard made of solid Hawaiian Koa hanging from the rafters. The board’s dimensions suggest it could be what the Hawaiian’s referred to as an Alaia Board (pronounced: ah-LIE-ah). It resembles a 1920’s Tom Blake “Waikiki 25” series board in overall shape, but its pristine condition and spoon style nose indicates it was probably made in the late 1940’s. You can see more history about these boards at this link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaia.

Meredith fell in love with the board and tried to buy it on the spot, but the owner wasn’t going to part with it. The store owner said he got it from Dale Velzy, who had recently passed away, and with Dale’s son working in the store; it was probably an easy assumption to believe the owner was telling the truth.

Several months went by and she pursued the purchase every chance she got …until one day, armed with a friend, and as reluctant as the store owner may have been, he couldn’t compete against two pretty smiles. She finally convinced him to part with this surfer’s treasure.

She now had this beautiful 13 foot vintage surf board and wanted to decorate her home with it, but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about making that happen until she discovered a small California designer who makes unique handcrafted surfboard storage and display racks thru his company’s website: www.hawaiiangunrack.com,

Dennis commented; …“her home has high vaulted ceilings and long white walls in the main entrance that open into a spacious living room accented in rich Mahogany trim. It would have been a shame not to put it in the entrance of her home instead of up on a wall somewhere hidden deeper in the house”.

floor pedestal

handcrafted etched glass and mahogany

So after several emails they agreed it should be mounted vertically along a particular wall at the entrance of her home. We came up with a design using a handmade floor pedestal made of Mahogany and a wave inspired etched glass front that would help to protect the tail of the board and add decorative features to enhance its display. We then “locked” the board in place with custom made wall clips that will hold the top of the Alaia in place.

So now in true “Aloha” fashion the board greets all of her guests as they enter this beautiful colonial style Hawaiian home. What a lucky guy!