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My boards use real wood and up-cycled materials to put the environment at the heart of making surfboards.
The mission is to make stunning surfboards that show off the beauty of nature found in wood.
Each surfboard is handcrafted from the carefully selected rough shorn timber through to the final finish. The grain patterns, textures and hues differ in every piece of wood, making each surfboard a highly individualised item never to be repeated.
My boards can be found not only in South Africa, but in Australia, England, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, United States, Switzerland, Ireland and elsewhere.
Click on the board display for more details, or scroll this page to find out more about how the surfboards are made and why they’re an environmental choice.
HOW THEY ARE MADE
My boards are made using the hollow wooden surfboard method – a design that stretches back to the late 1920s and early 1930s when Californian waterman Tom Blake designed the hollow wooden surfboard.
What’s changed in the 100 years since Blake’s innovation is that making hollow wooden surfboards now involves advanced computer design and modelling, and composite materials which allow for sophisticated and precise shapes.
Some things remain the same though. Making hollow wooden surfboards is labour intensive and requires a unique combination of woodworking and surfboard design and construction skills. Apart from designing the shapes on a computer, the process is majority handcrafted. There is no substitute for time, patience and attention to detail.
All of my wood is hand-selected from rough timber for the best available weight, grain and texture.
Once the internal frame construction and wood are ready, building of the surfboard begins. This involves gluing wood planking together, setting rocker specifications according to the computer dimensions and completing the construction of the rough wood blank. Once this is done, the board is shaped in much the same way as the traditional shaping process. I glass all of my wooden surfboards to ensure the highest quality finish.
Find out about ordering information, pricing and international shipping.
Orders take anywhere between 4 and 10 weeks to complete. If your surfboard is taking longer than you expected, please be patient. This is an entirely handcrafted process. Extra time just means that I am making it as best as I possibly can.
Custom order price list
Shortboards: R11,500 - R12,500
Mid-lengths: R14,500 - R16,500
Longboards: R18,500 - R20,500
- Delivery fees not included. Boards can be sent anywhere in the world (see below). You will get a quote on shipping before finalising your order.
- You will be invoiced for a 50% deposit when ordering. The balance will be payable when your board is finished.
- Please see the shop section of this website for detailed pricing on specific board shapes. Board prices displayed in the shop may be different due to speciality woods and/or added features.
Charges for special features:
Speciality and/or imported wood: Add 15% to the prices
Driftwood inserts: R150 per foot (20mm wide), curved or straight lines
Shell inserts: R350 per foot (20mm wide), curved or straight lines
Wood Stains: R1,000 per board
Pin lines: R500 per board
I have many years of experience in shipping surfboards all over the world. Because of the size of the item, a custom quote needs to be obtained. This will take 1-2 days. Please email email@example.com to start this process.
Shipping surfboards safely is not cheap. All quotes include a specially constructed box for your surfboard to make sure it is protected in transit, internal packaging for extra safety, and insurance.
I cannot offer returns or refunds on internationally shipped orders. Once your board is finished you will be sent detailed pictures before shipment and given the opportunity to provide feedback before you pay the balance and shipment takes place.
Please note that each country has their own customs tariffs for a surfboard. It is your responsibility to understand your countries customs duties - these are not included in the courier cost. Some countries have 0% duty, while others may have a duty on imports. Burnett Wood Surfboards does not accept responsibility for duties imposed by your country's customs.