These premium quality timber surfboards will far outlast a foam board, and look lush whilst doing so. The environmental impact of their recycled timber, epoxy and reduced fibreglass is far smaller than a single foam and polyurethane board.
Built from light weight Paulownia, Western Red Cedar and a range of Australian timbers, these boards are custom shaped to your specifications.
Please allow one month from ordering for your board to be built. Contact us for further information.
Hollow Wood Surfboard options:
Catch virtually any wave, still be able to duck dive, slide around like a skate-board, cruise through the flat sections and carve big momentum turns. Sounds more like it eh?
The recent re popularisation of Steve Lis’ off-the-wall design has been a great boom to modern surfing. Sure, fads come and go, and many see the resurgence of the fish as nothing more. Flow State see it as a rediscover of why (and how) many of us surf. It’s fun. The waves aren’t always over-head and hollow. Not all of us want to do flips.
The fish is a sensible design that works well in smaller surf, while being more lively and maneuverable than a big board. It’s also a great shape for wood—thicker profile and a bit more weight. Built right, they can hold their own in heavier conditions too. With a few modern influences, mostly on the fins and volume, the fish is one of the most versatile all rounders.
Twin keels and a flat bottom are the de-facto, though quad-fins and concaves are an excellent choice for heavier surf and greater maneuverability. Not necessarily better, just different. Fin boxes allow you to alternate between the two. While Flow State prefer their updated designs, they can build you a classic fish to Lis’ own specifications.
Borrow your Dad’s shorts and watch Endless Summer again!
Whenever someone hears that Flow State build wooden surfboards, they usually ask if they mean long boards. Not exclusively, but of course they make long boards. Their favoured models are a thinned out performance longboard, and a thicker nose-rider.
It depends completely on your size, but they typically build their long board styles between 7 and 10 foot in length, rounded square tail, flat bottom profile (with a nose-rider concave in the nose when requested).
Due to the extra length timber required, long boards are a little more expensive than other styles.
A more modern rocker, rail profiles and thinner cross section than something Gerry Lopez used to ride make our single-fins a bit more wave-savy than the evolutionary short board of the past.
As with the fish, we love the modern take on this pre-thruster short board. Also like the fish, Flow State spec their single fins with more width and weight than a typical thruster. Getting the picture?
A larger planing area than other short boards make this craft get-up-and-go easier than a smaller board, and the combination of wider tail and big single fin mean carving turns rather than the whiplash cutbacks you can achieve on a tri-fin. It’s definitely a more relaxed ride, though still highly capable when you learn what it can do.
Our preference is for single-to-double concaves through the bottom, though a flat bottomed board will paddle and pick up waves easier.
Our take on the short, white, pointy board of today, only not so white.
Looking through the rest of the lineup, it would be easy to think that Flow State have got a thing against the modern thruster. Not at all. In the right conditions, nothing beats the dependability and get-into-and-back-out-of-trouble tenacity of this excellent design. Simon Anderson’s three-fin thruster design revolutionised surfing and what a board is capable of. The thruster works best when you work hard, needing to be pumped or turned constantly to get to it to perform. For trick surfing, dependability in hollow and heavy waves and being on the world cup circuit, the thruster can’t be beat.
Flow State typically build their thrusters from Paulownia to save as much weight as possible, as this is a design that works best when light. Their thrusters end up on par or lighter than their foam counterparts. As with all of their boards, a range of bottom concaves are available, with the favourite being single-to-double. It wouldn’t be a thruster without three fins, though this board also works well as a quad, giving it slightly more drive and less ‘nervous’ handling. More like a Spitfire than a Hornet.
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Why should you fork out a serious pile of cash for one of these when a foamy costs a third of the price? Fair question. We let the team at Flow State answer that one for you…
Due to the natural variations in timbers and grain patterns, no two timber boards will look quite the same. You will certainly have a gorgeous board, unique in the lineup. For many, it’s enough that their board is a one-of-a-kind. Others go beyond this and adore the ride quality—wood has a high spring rate, a snappy flex response and does a great job of damping a choppy ride.
We could harp on about the reduced environmental impact of using timber in place of petrochemical foam, but you don’t have to be a died-in-the-hemp greeny to appreciate the lifespan—a well constructed timber board should last a lifetime. They won’t pressure ding from your hands and knees, and are much less likely to come off second-best in a collision. Their flex-response doesn’t diminish like foam. When adding up how many regular boards you might go through compared with the life of a hollow wood board, they start to sound like an economical option.
Most of the wooden boards you see tend to be decades-old shapes—fish, single-fins, mals. Sure, there is a large element of style and nostalgia that goes with timber, but there’s a big portion of this that simply makes sense. Timber boards usually end up a shade heavier than their foam counterparts. This extra weight gives greater momentum which helps with carving wide arcs, sailing through flat sections of waves or dealing with small or messy surf—pretty much the design brief for using those older shapes today.
More modern trick boards, namely low-volume thrusters don’t tend to get much representation in timber. These boards need to be thrown around a lot to get them to work well, a characteristic where light is right. This has led to an alarming trend in disposable surfboard manufacturing as glass-jobs get thinner and lighter, and customers come to expect their board will get pressure dings on the first session, maybe break in a year. We’ve come up with a light-weight yet durable timber solution for these boards too. Our thrusters weigh in the same or lighter than their foam contemporaries.