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.
In short: glue rails, a top and bottom deck either side of a wooden frame. In between, add fibers to strengthen the board, and perhaps a foam core so you don't stomp it to pieces. Finally, treat it with a coating that can handle salty seawater.
Sounds easy? Building a wooden board by hand is actually quite a challenge. The process starts with computer-aided design that allows us to play with shape and volume before actual production starts. Our hollow wooden boards come with a core of marine-grade plywood and an outside layer of low-density wood, balsa, while wood-shell-foam-core boards are filled up with... a core of ecofriendly or recycled foam. We use other types of wood for decoration and additional strengthening.
Every element of the core frame, decks and rails, including double curved 3D shapes, are cut, bent and shaped by hand, assembled piece by piece and glued into a blank form, before actual board shaping, glassing and plug placement takes place. The result of this hard work, which takes 6-8 weeks, is a beautiful, durable and more ecofriendly board.
We have a handfull of base shapes, with which we focus on making easy rideable boards suitable for a wide range of conditions, from knee- to head-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 the surfboards tested by advanced surfers in Spain and France, and, the kiteboards, in Belgium and The Netherlands.
Jabali surfboards has been assessed by sustainablesurf.org and is a qualified gold level ecoboard builder, which means we craft, verifiably, the most environmentally friendly surfboards currently available, worldwide.
Using sustainably grown 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 kiteboards we use either ecofriendly or recycled foam.
An epoxy glue with a high plant and vegetable matter content is used 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.
We build our boards to last, as we believe durability is a cornerstone of high quality and ecofriendliness. Why would you accept and pay for a board that has knee and heel dents after the first serious wave or wipe-out?
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.
We use a unique board construction method to make the topdeck 'bombproof'. Part of that method consists of glassing the boards inside-and-out to create a triple sandwich structure.
The topdeck is glassed with a layer of 5.5oz on the inside and on the outside. For the bottomdeck we do the same with 4.0oz cloth. The internal glass layer does not only make the board superstrong, but also protects the board from leakage or moist.
Still any board needs good care in and out of the water, and with proper attention, wooden boards will last a lifetime.
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.
The punk wild boar represents all that and the independent spirit that makes surfing into what it is.