Granted this looks totally bizarre. Why would you stick paint brushes to a surfboard? Is it some kind of art installation? No, it's a repair!
Idiot that I am, I forgot to undo the pressure relief screw on a hot day and dear old "Numbers" started to look more like a puffer fish than a surfboard. The deck detached itself from a couple of the frames and, even after the pressure relief screw was undone, a slight dome remained on the deck.
A couple of years ago I discovered that you could solve this problem by re-compressing the board and attaching the bottom to the deck by using dowels, it's not easy but it works. I also discovered that the perfect sized dowels for this repair are the handles on the paint brushes I use. Nice strong wood (not sure what it is) and a consisitent size. Usually I try and keep the handles from the paint brushes after I have used them, but this time I had to use new brushes as I had run out of old ones!
Anyway makes a fun picture. The point, if there is one, is that after a few years of trying and failing, shaping and scrabbling, you somehow start to collect a memory full of weird dodges to get you out of a hole.
I'm hoping to get "Numbers" ready again for a ride on the Severn Bore towards the end of May, so far so good.
The only down side is that short handled paint brushes are a bit of a pain to use.