Stuart D’Arcy shapes really beautiful, high-performance boards, the kind you’d be stoked to whip out in the car park and show off to all your mates. He’s been in the game for decades, and when asked what he reckons his legacy will be in the surfing world, he had only one word:
Yikes. For a dude with such an illustrious reputation, we weren’t expecting that one.
After more thought, it comes as no surprise given the surfboard industry hasn’t deviated much from its manufacturing processes for the last 75 years or so. And as you’ve likely heard by now, the synthetic, oil-based materials we use in our boards, like polyurethane and foam, are detrimental to the environment.
It’s the surfing world’s dirty little secret. And sadly, we’re all in on it.
But we’re seeing some really positive changes emerging on the surf scene and wooden surfboards seem to be at the forefront. As we’ve mentioned, we’re not exactly original when it comes to creating wooden surfboards. Hell, wood was the first material surfed by Hawaiian legends after all.
So since wood seems to be making its glorious comeback, we’ve compared some of the best wooden surfboards of 2021 so you can find the best board to level up your sustainable surfing game.
With further ado, here’s our picks for the top 5 best wooden surfboards of 2021.