Why build wooden boards?
Easy. They're great to make, even better to ride, and -- using wood -- they're kinder to nature. Each Jabali board is made by hand, meaning it's one of a kind. Here is how we do it.
Where does the name Jabali come from?
It's a word picked up during a surf trip to Spain, where it means wild boar. If you ride like a jabali [ \ˌhäbəˈlē\ ], you ride strong with passion and focus, never giving up in tough conditions.
With our shapes we focus on making easy rideable boards, which are suitable for a wide range of conditions, from knee- to shoulder-high waves. We however also want them to ride well in the more powerful breaks of the Atlantic.
We not only design the boards for these waves, but to make sure our boards perform, we have them tested by Caravia Surf School in Spain and Icarus Surfclub in Zeebrugge.
If, however, you are looking for something else, we love to build you your dream surf craft. Drop us an email with your ideas if you are looking for a personalised custom shape.
Are Jabali surfboards ecofriendly?
Using wood as a base material is a step towards more ecological surfing. Wood is a renewable resource and a wood core is sturdy, does not loose flexibility over time and retains its natural beauty. We like to think wooden boards can be displayed on the wall once people retire from surfing.
For the wood-shell-foam-core boards we use either ecofriendly or recycled foam.
Additionally we use an epoxy glue with a high plant and vegetable matter content to glass our wooden boards and make the sea water resistant.
The next step towards 100% ecofriendly surfboards will be to replace fibreglass and other glues. As there are no proper substitutes available right now, we are looking at reducing the use of them.
How long do Jabali surfboards last?
The brown-ish image ranks durability versus board material. Wooden surfboards are most durable; the wooden core is sturdy, has plenty of strength to prevent breakage and does not deteriorate in sunlight. Still any board needs good care in and out of the water, and with proper attention, wooden boards will last a lifetime.