It’s a misconception that is heard a lot in the surf community: “Wooden surfboards are beautiful but too heavy to surf with“. Done properly, this isn’t true. We aim to show that a wooden surfboard doesn’t have to compromise the performance of the board, and it’s the more sustainable way to go.
If you’re riding a foam or PU board, there’s no getting around the fact that the deck under your feet is an environmental, petrochemical nightmare. A classic surfboard generates twice of its weight in waste, from which next to nothing is recyclable, and its manufacture process is highly toxic for both the planet and the shaper’s health.
Snapperx surfboards are entirely made of wood from balsa trees that grow within plantation projects that fight for the restoration and preservation of virgin rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi in Indonesia. Balsa wood is one of the lightest woods on this planet, which makes for lightweight, stronger and more durable boards – made to last!
We glass our boards with selected zero VOC resins that contain a certified bio content.
We think ethically, but we also know how important technology and performance is when it comes to choosing your surfboard. We spent the last two years experimenting with production, design and materials to improve the capacities of our boards. Lightweight and easy to handle, our boards are designed for fun and offer you the greatest surfing experience possible.
We put a lot of time and effort into the selection of our wood, in order to make the weight equal to well-glassed foam surfboards. In this way we prove the the misconceptions many people have as a thought that now belongs to the past.
In the process of manufacturing our surfboards, we aim for the lowest possible impact on the environment. We do our best to ensure that nothing is wasted.
FROM SAWDUST TO FERTILISER & INCENSE
We collect and dry all sawdust and use it to make compost for our reforestation projects and local farmers. The sawdust absorbs the natural waste from cows that graze freely on the sawmill property , providing a source of nutrient-rich fertiliser. We also donate leftover sawdust from the surfboard factory to a small Indonesian company that turns it into mosquito-repelling incense.
FROM WASTE WOOD TO BIOCHAR
We turn the balsa logs that are too heavy to be made into surfboards into biochar, a charcoal that we put into our compost to increase soil fertility. When worked into the soil it acts like a sponge, absorbing water and holding onto nutrients that would otherwise be flushed out by the rain. This is essential for effective reforestation in places with extremely nutrient poor soil, like Borneo and Sulawesi. Biochar has an active lifespan of up to 1000 years.
FROM RESIN TO LAMP HOLDERS & ART
From leftover resin we make lamp holders and fibreglass offcuts are processed into artwork surfboards.
We attach great importance to the circumstances in which our surfboards are made. All Snapperx balsa boards are handmade on Java, by locals who are passionate about crafting with wood. We are dedicated to offering them the best possible working conditions, from safe construction methods to fair wages, free lunch and full insurance. Operated out of our own manufacturing space on Java with materials supplied by our reforestation projects, we’ve set up a closed loop seed-to-surfboard operation that insures ethically and socially responsible surfboard building.