Kun_tiqi surfboards are exclusively handcrafted. The manufacturing process of our wooden surfboards takes up to 60 working hours. The use of fast growing balsa wood and eco epoxy makes our surfboards eco friendly and, taking care of it, you will surf it for a lifetime. Every Kun_tiqi Balsa wood Surfboard is unique. The grain, colour and patterns vary from board to board and are different from the fotos on our web. By using renewable and biodegradable material Kun_tiqi helps to reduce the pollution of the ocean- the place we surfers love so much.
The core of our surfboards, and therefore their main component, is Balsa wood (Ocroma Pyramidale). Balsa is the lightest wood of all and was already used as a transport float in South America 1000 years before the Inca Empire. This plant is one of the fastest growing species, reaching a height of up to 10 metres and a diameter of 20-25 cm within 3-4 years. The Balsa wood we use comes from a family farm situated in the coastal region of Ecuador. The Balsa trees are planted in a sustainable mixed cultivation program together with bananas, yucca and beans.
The production of «foam blanks» has an extremely negative effect on the environment by using fossil fuels and toxic ingredients in the production process. Moreover, the final product can hardly be recycled and therefore contributes to pollution in soil and drinking water.
By contrast, Balsa wood is a fast growing, sustainable and recyclable raw material, producing no toxic substances. Therefore, it can be safely said that the use of Balsa wood is a sustainable way of producing surfboard blanks.
The Polyester resin, which is used in conventional surfboard production, represents the most toxic part of the surfboard. These resins contain carcinogens, which are corrosive and water polluting substances. Not only is the shaper exposed to these materials, but they also damage the environment by polluting the water and the atmosphere. The fabrication of this resin relies on fossil fuels such as mineral oil.
After many years of research, Kun_tiqi uses an eco resin with extraordinary strength and durability. It contains 55% vegetable oil, is transparent and UV resistant. It is the latest development in eco friendly materials for water sports products. These properties are reflected in less splits and cracks in the laminate, compared to polyester resins, reducing the quantity of repairs and prolonging the life of the surfboard overall.
The surface is laminated with fibreglass made of silica sand. Since Balsa wood is hard, only small quantities of fibreglass are required. Unfortunately, the production of fibreglass still requires fossil energy, but Kun_tiqi is striving to improve this process and its alternatives in order to reduce any negative effect on the environment.
Since our hollow balsa wood surfboards are exclusively handmade, the production process requires up to 60 working hours. This is about six times as long as it takes to produce a conventional foam board.
The process begins with the sowing of the balsa seeds in the greenhouse and continues three months later with planting the seedlings between bananas, yucca and beans. It takes 3-4 years before the trees have grown to the sufficient height for harvesting. After they have been sliced into blocks they are transported to the nearest road, and from there are brought to the coast. In the local climate the wooden blocks dry in about 2-3 months.
Afro, our «Blank Master» with more than 40 years of Balsa surfboard shaping experience, selects the lightest wood blocks to be manufactured into hollow blanks. For each board six blocks are required. Once they have the right cut, they are glued with planks into the so-called «sandwich». During this process the «scoop-rocker line» is given to the blank. When the blank is separated to insert the stringer, the rails can finally be glued.
At this stage, the hollow wooden blank is handed over to our experienced shapers and passionate surfers: Jimmy and Milton. With precision, they convert the rough square blank into a smooth and round shaped performance surfboard.
Before the «outline» can be marked, the surface of the board has to be planed flat. Only then can the «outline» be cut and the rails be planed and sanded into the perfect shape. The fine tuning is done by Jimmy and Milton with an emery board. After the shaping process is complete, our Kun_tiqi logo is flame branded into the bright balsa wood.
Jimmy started surfing and shaping balsa wood surfboards when he was 14 years old, 25 years ago. He spent all his afternoons helping out a local balsa wood surfboard shaper to learn the artisan craft of making wooden surfboards. Milton followed in his brother´s footsteps a few years later. Since then, they have developed their skills to become some of South America’s best shapers.
Our wooden surfboards are laminated in our workshop in Loredo- Langre in Northern Spain with one layer of 4oz and 6oz fibre glass. This is more than adequate due to the high strength and density of balsa wood. The finish has a natural feel and looks as if the boards were not laminated at all.
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