“The very best part of surf culture is to help, not harm, our beloved Ocean,”says California native and lifelong surfer, Ryan Lynch, founder of Timber Surf Co. “Building hollow wooden surfboards is one way we’re taking steps to minimize foam and plastic from our waters.”
For the last 75 years or so, most surfboards are made with the same three components: 1) a foam core 2) covered in fiberglass cloth 3) coated in resin, which cures and hardens. Traditional surfboard manufacturing is now a well-known environmental and human health hazard—“toxic from the cradle to the grave”. Recent advancements in technology, coupled with growing consumer interest in the lifecycles and eco-friendliness of materials, have begun to fuel an industry-wide push toward finding a better more environmentally conscious and sustainable way to build modern surfboards.
Timber Surf Co. hopes their boards will inspire a change in consumer preference. It’s founder, master shaper, Ryan Lynch graduated with a Bachelor Of Science in Material Studies/Product Design from the University of Oregon. He worked as a Design Engineer for Tesla for six years before quitting his fancy job to pursue a life happily covered in a combination of sea salt and sawdust. His handmade, sustainable surfboards are made using reclaimed and organic materials. Ryan’s surfboards are beautiful works of art, but they are not crafted to hang on a wall—they are meant to be surfed.
“Riding a hollow wooden surfboard fosters a more symbiotic connection with our planet, perpetuating an uninterrupted and elemental cycle that links us humans to both land and Sea,” says Ryan.
Santa Cruz, California is where surfing was first introduced to the United States back in 1885 when three teenage Hawaiian princes surfed the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on solid, wooden plank boards. The original Hawaiian surfboards were all made of wood. Timber Surf Co. is passionate about preserving the beauty and ecological diversity of Monterey Bay, the oceanic playground it calls home.
That is why Ryan crafts hollow wooden surfboards. Wood is strong, innately durable, lasting hundreds of years if treated properly. Wood surfboards also perform well in a variety of conditions and climates.
“As a biologically organic material, it (wood) has a natural flex and stretch pattern in proximity to the wavelength of the human body which creates a familiar experience when surfing,” says Ryan.
In addition, wood is sustainable. When sourced and milled in a sustainable fashion, it is estimated that replacing one cubic meter of PU Foam or PE Resin production with a wood or a bio-resin will save approximately one ton of carbon emissions from entering our atmosphere, creating a healthier Ocean and cleaner living for all.
“No more toxic foam in this industry and in our Ocean, it’s seen enough,” says Ryan.
To learn more about Ryan Lynch and Timber Surf Co. follow him on Instagram: @timbersurfco
***All Timber Surf Co. surfboards are stamped with Sustainable Surf’s Certified Level One Ecoboard Logo.
Mother Nature and Ryan Lynch surely have mutual rrespect! Beautiful boards! May Ryan have a longstanding relationship with sea salt and sawdust! Another enjoyable and upbeat story, thanks The Walden Word!
Hey Thanks Cindy! Sea salt and sawdust… I like that.
How great is that? And they’re so beautifully crafted!
Hopefully we can all make conscious daily eco-decisions that gradually lead us toward a more sustainable future. ????????
Thank you for saying that Mitch! Good write up aw well 🙂
Great to hear.
Steps are being made in the right direction—toward less environmental impact and sustainability.
Agghhhh, I desperately want one of those. They’re achingly gorgeous. As an oldee, with a back, I can’t pop up any more and surf a la Toulouse Lautrec; on my knees. I’d be channelling ‘all gear, no idea! But ….
Thank you for a perfect post. and for spotting and liking my post, even though it wasn’t really surf related. I’ll enjoy dipping in and out of your blog, if only to remind me of how good stand up during felt.. Jen Wally xx
Go to http://www.timbersurfco.com and Ryan will build you any kind of board you like.
Or just send him a message and tell him how much you love his boards.
Let him know where you heard about Timber Surf Co.