Emile sanding a Sine wooden surfboard

Surfboard graveyard to sustainable manufacturing

The inception of Sine Surf began when I snapped a new surfboard in 2020 on it's first surf. I took it back to the surf shop and suggested there must have been a manufacturing fault.

I was then lead out the back of the shop and shown a graveyard of over 100 surfboards at which the owner commented something along the lines 'this happens all the time, it's just how surfboards are made'.

Emile and Alastair at the Sine factory working on hollow wooden surfboards

Curious, I began researching how surfboards were made and what sustainable alternatives were available. Between the weeds of substantial green-washing I discovered wooden surfboards.

These surfboards are beautiful and can be made functional if constructed with enough precision. Although, the main barriers between widespread adoption of this sustainable craft was the price of the materials and the encumbering time it took to make them.

I then set about designing and testing new methods of making hollow wooden surfboards that addressed these issues.

Alastair at the Sine Surf factory

Early on in the journey I met Alastair who helped me give life to some conceptual designs centered around cnc machining. Alastair has since founded Sine Surf with me and our methods become more complex and elaborate.

We are now able to make hollow wooden surfboards with the same labour time as it takes to make conventional foam and fiberglass surfboards. Additionally, we have eliminated the need for polluting and harmful materials like plastic based foams and fiberglass.

We're now looking to scale and to realise our vision that sustainability should not just be a priveledge for the wealthy, but accessible and affordable for every surfer.