“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.
***All Timber Surf Co. surfboards are stamped with Sustainable Surf’s Certified Level One Ecoboard Logo.