Watch: A Peek at the Artistry of Gorgeous Wood Surfboards

Danny Hess shares his insight—and his new Santa Cruz cabin workshop hidden in the woods.


Danny Hess didn’t set out to make surfboards. He just couldn’t find the board he wanted. So, as a teenager, he decided to build his own. The resultant ride—a bit of a mutant aesthetically, but one that surfed well—was his first real foray into woodworking. He dabbled in building treehouses for a while, hand-in-hand with kids whose whimsical visions had everything to do with the kind of fun they were looking to have. Custom-building boards for California surfers isn’t all that different, really. But here, let him tell you. This short film follows Hess into his new workshop, a cabin hidden in the woods of Santa Cruz. He gives insight into his unique shapes and how he went from treehouses and remodels to a year-long waitlist for boards. Made primarily from local reclaimed timber, recycled-­content foam, and sealed with bioresins (he uses a tree-sap derived resin in place of epoxy), Hess surfboards are eco-friendly, but that’s not why he has such a loyal following. They just work.

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  • pickelvis
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    I have one of his board, the Box, an excellent board for anyone’s quiver.

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