"Where The Bong Tree Grows"
My Surfboard Art
The inspiration for this board came from my South Seas book by James Ramsey Ullman, where he spent a year traveling the remote islands of the South Pacific (in search of the elusive Bong Tree!)
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My interpretive Bong Tree originated in the South Pacific, as did 'Ulu (Breadfruit). In fact, very few people know that the Bong Tree and 'Ulu are close cousins. Actually, I think I am the only one who knows this - because I just made that up. The wood of it's trunk can be made into exceptional surfboards. The fruit of the Bong Tree are round with a noticeable smiley face which turns to a frown once the fruit has fallen. Eating a freshly picked Bong Fruit makes one deliriously happy the rest of the day!
Unlike Edward Lear's owl and pussycat sailing along in a pea-green boat stocked with honey, I went with a wild boar and mongoose on a Kon-Tiki style raft provisioned with Kona coffee and coconuts.