wood is good
The beauty of a wood paddleboard makes it easy to forget you're paddling the most environmentally responsible board on the market.
Torsion box construction borrowed from the aerospace industry is mixed with traditional wooden boat building techniques resulting in boards that are light, strong and will last a lifetime.
Our SUP kits are designed with the aid of the latest computer modeling software and then cut with our CNC router. This allows us to balance the weight, strength, and volume of every shape.
Our building technique allows us to exactly copy the organic shapes of the industries best foam boards without having to make design compromises. All wood boards look nice on the beach; our boards perform in the water!
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Why choose our paddleboard kit over our competitor's kit?
When I decided to build my first wood paddleboard I was not satisfied with the SUP kits already available. There were kits with solid rails & boxy shapes or plywood kits with hard chines. Solid rails are HEAVY and require the home builder to know how to properly shape rails if the board is to perform in the water. Hard chines work well for kayaks but simply do not exist on paddleboards other than on plywood kits.
Sliver's Paddleboard kits use the "strip & feather" method of construction shared by many of the world's best wooden surfboard builders. This building style allows us to exactly copy the shape of the industries best foam boards without having to make design compromises. The finished boards are light, strong and perform as well in the water, as they do on the beach!
What makes wood paddleboards special?
Our hollow wood stand-up paddleboards have timeless style, are designed to last a very long time, and most importantly are exceptionally fun to paddle. I believe that one of the best ways to live sustainably is to own very few, very high quality things that bring happiness every time you use them.
Are wooden boards fragile or easily damaged?
Wooden paddle boards are less prone to damage from normal use than foam boards because wood has a higher density than foam and it bonds relentlessly with epoxy. Damage from even large hits is usually localized to the area of impact and repairs are both simple and usually invisible.
Are wood paddleboards really better for the environment?
Wood paddleboards contain ZERO petroleum foam, use 70 percent less fibreglass, and produce almost no VOC's during construction. The cedar trees have actually absorbed more harmful carbon while they were growing then is consumed during their construction. This is a measurable improvement of 300-400 times!
How much heavier is a wood board than a comparable foam board?
The final weight of a wood board is usually ten percent heavier. 2-3 lbs. Our goal has never been to build the lightest board possible since the weight of the board is only felt carrying the board to the water.