The Cleanest Line
Ben Wilkinson

Ben Wilkinson

Born to a blue-collar family, Ben Wilkinson was raised in a caravan at North Narrabeen. At 16, after outgrowing both the caravan and the Sydney beachbreaks, his quest for more challenging surf began. These days, settled on the North Shore of Oʻahu, he dedicates his life to charging the biggest surf possible. Out of the water Big Ben combines carpentry and art, working with salvaged wood to create custom furniture for clients in Hawaiʻi and around the world.

Articles

After months of restoration work, the 45-foot canoe U’i undergoes precise measurement during the waterline test that confirmed she was ready to race once more. Ke’ehi Lagoon, Hawai’i. Photo: John Bilderback

Labor of Love

Jun 17, 2019 June 17, 2019

Restoring a traditional Hawaiian koa canoe. Ka Wahine u‘i O Hale‘iwa, which roughly translates to “Beautiful Young Woman of Hale‘iwa,” is the pride and joy of the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club here in Hale‘iwa on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Carved from a single koa tree, U‘i’s life… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Crossing Ka‘iwi

May 8, 2017 May 8, 2017

Eight hours earlier, we were a canoe team without paddles. After a last-minute transport change, the Bad News Bears of outrigger racing had arrived at the start of the Moloka‘i Hoe having forgotten our most important equipment in another truck. It was a tense hour or so until… Read More