The popularity of kiri surfboards has increased in recent years with technology playing a role in producing quality products.

In 2010, Paul Reisberg launched ARBO Surfboards in Cornwall, UK. Since then, he has been handcrafting beautiful postmodern and retro surfboards. He is also using kiri wood to make them. Compared to other types of wood, kiri has better properties for making surfboards, longboards, paddleboards and other water sports equipment. Its weight-to-strength ratio is ideal, it’s very light and easy to work with. It is also more resistant to salt water than most other types of wood. Kiri surfboards also have a low environmental impact compared to fibreglass products, which are not recyclable and are difficult to dispose of.


Shaping craftsmanship at its finest

Arbo also runs regular workshops in England, Portugal and Germany in addition to the workshop production. Unlike a classic surfboard, where the shape is taken from a “blank”, a wooden board is built as a hollow body (like in shipbuilding and light aircraft construction). Frames determine shape, including width, length, volume and rocker.


Source: Arbo Surfboards / Cornwall