Our wooden surfboards are constructed in a similar way as the airplane wings, with ribs and skins. Each piece has a specific shape in order to achieve the rockered bottom and the concaved deck. The rails are then built onto the board to give the structural strength and flexibility. At last, we shape the rails according to the rider's preferences (taper, boxy, or whatever.) The final products have the exact curvatures you pictured in your head, so you'll ride waves in a way you imagined, and you are...stoked. High performance is guaranteed.
The weight of a wooden board is little heavier than that of a foam board. However, due to the nature of wood and the inside being hollow, a wooden surfboard feels light and smooth once you are in water. The hollowness will act as a shock absorber, so they do great on choppy days. And, who would have thought, they do great on good days, too.
pagodas and shrines without nails, just wood. It was more than a
millenium ago, and some
of these structures still stand today after numerous
earthquakes and typhoons. The wooden buildings, if made
propery, are incredibly strong, flexible, and long lasting.
The same could be said for surfboards. Most of the modern surfboards use polyurethane foam and polyester resin. These materials do not last long. If you are a surfer, you probably know what we are talking about. However, using wood as the core material, we achieve to create surfboards that are strong, flexible, and last for years.
The strength comes not only from the wood but also epoxied glass. Today, instead of polyester resin, many surfboards are glassed with epoxy resin, and there are reasons. The tensile strength of epoxy resin is 20~100% higher than that of polyester resin. The adhesive property of epoxy resin also prevent cracks and delamination. Our surfboards, glassed with epoxy resin, are made to be ridden everyday. They are built to stay alive.
We try to use wood that are
grown and milled
locally in Northern California as much as we can. The trees can gain
biomass that is
equivalent to one
surfboard in a shorter period than the life time of the surfboard. We
are making low impact to our environment and not wasting
any resources. Surfing with our wooden boards is a sustanable act. The
ocean will bring you some clean and glassy waves in return.