Why Wood?

Why should you fork out a serious pile of cash for one of these when a foamy costs a third of the price? Fair question.

Due to the natural variations in timbers and grain patterns, no two timber boards will look quite the same. You will certainly have a gorgeous board, unique in the lineup. For many, it’s enough that their board is a one-of-a-kind. Others go beyond this and adore the ride quality—wood has a high spring rate, a snappy flex response and does a great job of damping a choppy ride.

We could harp on about the reduced environmental impact of using timber in place of petrochemical foam, but you don’t have to be a died-in-the-hemp greeny to appreciate the lifespan—a well constructed timber board should last a lifetime. They won’t pressure ding from your hands and knees, and are much less likely to come off second-best in a collision. Their flex-response doesn’t diminish like foam. When adding up how many regular boards you might go through compared with the life of a hollow wood board, they start to sound like an economical option.

Most of the wooden boards you see tend to be decades-old shapes—fish, single-fins, mals. Sure, there is a large element of style and nostalgia that goes with timber, but there’s a big portion of this that simply makes sense. Timber boards usually end up a shade heavier than their foam counterparts. This extra weight gives greater momentum which helps with carving wide arcs, sailing through flat sections of waves or dealing with small or messy surf—pretty much the design brief for using those older shapes today.

More modern trick boards, namely low-volume thrusters don’t tend to get much representation in timber. These boards need to be thrown around a lot to get them to work well, a characteristic where light is right. This has led to an alarming trend in disposable surfboard manufacturing as glass-jobs get thinner and lighter, and customers come to expect their board will get pressure dings on the first session, maybe break in a year. We’ve come up with a light-weight yet durable timber solution for these boards too. Our thrusters weigh in the same or lighter than their foam contemporaries.

For those of you who are interested, we have shared our environmental ethics and the justifications for our materials and construction in the Essays page.