At Minimum Boards we take care of every detail, so each board is handmade making it unique and distinct. We want to extract the essence of these sports by making boards similar to the first ones in history. The first boards were also made manually and with hard and heavy woods like those of the Ula, the Koa tree and the Wili Wili. They could weigh up to 60 kilos which made it very uncomfortable to transport them. Taking all this into account we try to recreate them, with the current formats, making them by hand and with the highest quality wood.
Until 1926 the boards were made entirely of wood and handmade, but that year Tom Blake designed the first hollow surfboard. It was built of redwood and had hundreds of holes through it and wood veneers that sealed it above and below. This design was initially ridiculed by the Hawaiians but, when checking the speed it took on the waves, it became a success. This board was so successful that in 1930 it became the first board to be produced in mass.
By the end of World War II they began to make boards of different materials such as fiberglass, plastic and polyethylene foam. And although the wooden boards always had a gap in the market, the new boards were in much higher demand.
Around the year 2000 many surfers realised the damage to the environment caused by some materials with which surfboards were made. For this reason the wooden boards began to come back. These boards were made of a durable, biodegradable and durable material, which is proven to protect our oceans from pollution.