We are giving away 100% of the profits generated from sales on the website during December. In the spirit of this festive season, we’d love to support a cause close to our hearts.
Climate change is happening whether we like it or not, but we can do something about it. To highlight the importance of sustainability and marine conservation, we've partnered with Bullfrog Studios, pro-surfer Alan Stokes, Otter Surfboards & FORM Surfboards to raise awareness for the environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
SAS is a grassroots movement tackling plastic pollution and protecting the UK's coastlines for us all to enjoy safely and sustainably. We want to support them. So indulge, get gifts for your loved ones and share the word about SAS and the great people who made this beautiful film possible.
'Forest to Ocean' was directed by Jack Flynn and produced by Bullfrog Studios. The film tells the story behind this special surfboard, from construction, design, and manufacturing to the final product: a high-performance twin fin board, shaped with locally sourced timber using traditional methods. Filmed in Cornwall where Alan and James call home, the film explores the importance of sustainability and local communities. Both share their thoughts and their vision for the future of surfing and surfboard construction.
James Otter crafts each surfboard to order, building on the pioneering techniques of legendary waterman and surfboard designer Tom Blake, he uses the latest innovations to take wooden surfboard performances to the next level, while rekindling with the environment.
"I don't think there are many people who could walk into a wood and not feel a change of state and a sense of calmness about them. Keeping this healthy for future generations is pretty fundamental." Otter Surfboard
Rising sea level is predicted to affect 1/3 of surf spots by 2100. That's quite a big chunk of fun threatened to be taken away. The study was done in California but global warming is global... duh, so it'd likely going to affect our UK coasts and our surfing communities.
James continues saying that "it's almost impossible to be in Cornwall and not feel a connection to the environment. It feels like there's a real positive shift happening. A lot of people championing, looking after the environment, and pushing things forwards."
One of whom is no other than Alan Stokes, the David Beckham of British Pro Surfing, 3x British champion.
"I like a board that has its own kind of life, its own agenda on a wave, that finds its own way. You're just kind of letting this craft fits where it wants to on a wave, dictating where it wants to go and you fit around that and you enjoy that."
"This is a super exciting time for surfboards I think because we're going to get that nice sustainable way of making a surfboard, but at the same time we're gonna have this lovely performance."
The board will be given away as part of an initiative early next year. More on that later on, stay tuned.