Ventana Custom Surfboards & Paddle Boards
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Each Ventana surfboard and paddle board is a one-of-a-kind, lightweight, surfable work of art. They are hollow, made from reclaimed historic and exotic wood, and crafted by hand in Santa Cruz, California by our master artisan, Martijn Stiphout.
We offer free U.S. insured Shipping on all orders. We can ship internationally, as well.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. You can also contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-831-915-4326.
Do people really surf them?
Absolutely! All Ventana surfboards live inside homes as art pieces, and many get taken off their stands or walls by their owners to go surfing. Ventana boards are built as heirlooms that will last for generations, so even those that are art pieces today might someday find their way onto waves.
How much do they cost?
Ventana boards start at $8000. The design, length, shape, inlays and history of the reclaimed woods all impact the final price. We provide you with an exact quote up front, and that's the price you pay. If your requirements change during the crafting process, the price may change a bit, of course. A 50% deposit is all that's required to get started. The rest is payable on completion.
Who is the maker?
Martijn Stiphout is our master artisan. Anything wood that comes from Ventana, from our Save-A-Surf Boxes to our bodysurfing handplanes to our hollow wooden surfboards is made by Martijn.
Do you offer classes?
You can participate in the building of your board by working 1-on-1 with our master artisan, Martijn Stiphout, for up to 5 hours. You will assist with various stages and will learn about each stage as you go. You can even bring friends or family members with you!
How well do they surf?
Amazingly well! Every Ventana surfboard is built to surf. Given their hollow nature, they float well, surf fast, and are easy to pop up on. Surfing a Ventana is smooth and fun. Most of our customers are laid-back soul surfers who love the ride. When we’re in the water, we often let other surfers in the line-up test them. Even the most skeptical surfers are instant fans.
Are they heavy?
Given that they are hollow, Ventana surfboards are relatively light. Internal, ribbed frames given the boards strength and structure, and the top and bottom decks are only 1/8 inch (3mm) thick. While they are a little heavier than a traditional foam board, surfers and art collectors are always surprised by how light they are. For instance, an 8-foot Ventana is usually only about 18 pounds. The design and wood species you choose can impact the final weight. We can work with you to ensure a heavier or a lighter board depending on your needs.
Are they foam core?
No! Our hollow wooden surfboards are entirely made of wood, cork, fiberglass, and bio resin.
We do occasionally collaborate on Ventana Eco Locus Surfboards. These are shaped from a foam core of recyclable and mostly recycled foam.
What's the brass plug near the tail?
It's a vent plug. Given that Ventana surfboards are hollow, they are beholden to Charles’s Law (also known as the law of volumes). V=kT where: V is the volume of the gas, T is the temperature of the gas (measured in kelvins), and k is a non-zero constant.
This law describes how a gas expands as the temperature increases; conversely, a decrease in temperature will lead to a decrease in volume. If the boards were completely sealed, they could expand when it’s hot, putting undue stress on the decks. The vent plug allows the boards to be sealed in the water and pressure equalized on the land. Of course, we glass the inside of the boards, as well, so that if you were to forget the vent plug and get some water inside, you can drain it without harming the integrity of the board!
What happens if I forget to put the vent plug in?
We glass our boards inside and out to protect them from structural damage if water were to get inside. If you happened to forget to tighten the vent plug before jumping in the waves, simply get out of the water, drain your board, and let it dry with the vent plug removed.
Can you make a short board, longboard, fish, egg, paddle board, etc.?
Yes! We specialize in custom shapes and designs. We have a variety of templates that will fit the needs of most surfers and art collectors, but we can create custom surfboard and paddle board shapes, as well.
Where are they made, and can I visit?
We have a large workshop in Aptos, California. If you'd like to visit, contact us!
Where do you get such amazing woods and materials?
We ask for it or people contact us. We have a rule that we don't pay for wood. We do that to force ourselves to use reclaimed materials, but also to ensure that our investment is in outstanding craftsmanship rather than in purchasing materials.
Our woods are some of the most historic and exotic in the world, many of which are only available as reclaimed or salvaged. Old growth redwood, for instance, can no longer be purchased new, so we use old floorboards, porches or even wood from John Steinbeck’s first house! We created the Ventana Upcycle Partner Program so that companies and individuals who give us materials get free marketing and promotion in return for their donation. We receive a good deal of press and publicity, and our partners benefit from that.
How long do they take to build?
Each board takes 6-8 weeks to complete. Depending on how many custom orders are in the queue, your board may take longer. We'll work with you to determine your requirements, give you an estimated completion date and provide the exact price of your board. We require a 50% deposit to get you in the queue.
How can I track the progress of my surfboard?
We'll send you progress pictures and videos throughout the crafting process. We also maintain and share a directory with you that contains all the content from start to finish. Here's an example:
What are the display and wall mounting options?
We can create custom, low-profile wall or floor mounts that are unique to each board and blend in with their surroundings so as not to distract from the surfboard. Here are various horizontal, vertical, and floor stand options.
What comes with my board?
We give you a reclaimed wood or metal display sign and a handmade bag by Sagebrush Board Bags created using coffee bean sacks and unique, remnant fabrics.
Every Ventana board comes with a special edition of our standard Save-a-Surf Wax Box. This version includes two, custom-made brass vent plug screws.
What other options are there for my surfboard?
We can create unique design elements and inlays, special shapes, special fins, and almost anything else you can envision. We can also re-create any surfboard that you see on our website.
We can incorporate items that have personal meaning to you - wood, leather, metal, jewelry, shells, gems, and other found items.
We can also create almost anything out of wood to match your surfboard - even using leftover pieces from the production of your surfboard's production to create the items. We can build canoes, kayaks, paddles, pens, pencils, bookmarks, bodysurfing handplanes, skateboards, snowboards, art pieces, bottle openers, fin keys, musical instruments, and more.
What is that material on the rails? Is it cork?
Yep, it's cork! We glue together thin sheets of cork into blocks. This allows us to shape the rails into exactly what’s needed to maximize the performance of each board. Cork is also a flexible material, so it’s more ding resistant. And cork is sustainable given that harvesting doesn’t require cutting down the oak tree. We get our natural color, cork rolls from Bangkor Cork.
What resins and pigments do you use?
We use CLR and ONE from Entropy Resins. This is a bio-based epoxy made from a tree sap base. It's also non-toxic (No VOCs) and is clear and strong. For some of our resin pour and hot coats, we use soy based EcooPoxy.
For epoxy pigmentation, we use Black Diamond Pigments - some of their pigments even glow in the dark!
What makes Ventana surfboards eco-friendly?
Ventana was the first company in the world to have all boards ECOBOARD Project Gold Level Certified by SustainableSurf.org. An ECOBOARD is a high-performance sustainable board. ECOBOARDS have the same technical performance attributes as any modern water-sport board, while having reduced environmental and toxic impacts – through the use of more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.
We exceed all the requirements for Gold Level certification.
Can they be repaired?
Yes! Ventana boards are stronger and more ding resistant than a traditional foam board, so they tend to need fewer repairs. But in most cases, they can be repaired if they get dings. Often, the repairs are even better than new as additional design elements can be added where there is damage. That's never the case with a foam board.
Do you ship internationally? How much does that cost?
We can ship anywhere in the world! Shipping is free and insured in the United States, and we can provide a shipping cost for other countries before you order. We can't predict whether there will be customs fees in your country. You'll need to be responsible for those. Contact us for more information.
Do you stain, paint, or color the wood?
Almost never. The wood colors are all natural, but we can paint if you'd like. The beautiful gloss comes from the Entropy bio-based epoxy or Ecopoxy soy-based epoxy that we use to glass the boards. If you would like stain or pigment to be used on your board, we can certainly accommodate.
How are they sealed?
We use Entropy Super Sap bio-based epoxy and/or Ecopoxy soy-based epoxy, an incredibly strong and light epoxy made with a healthy dose of tree sap. It’s the most eco-friendly resin available, it polishes beautifully, and we love it. The resin is coated over 4-ounce or 6-ounce fiberglass sheets. We generally use two sheets on the top and one on the bottom. We seal the inside with a sheet of 4-ounce fiberglass on top and bottom, too!
Do you work with interior designers, and what are the benefits?
Yes. We collaborate often with interior designers, and we can support various resale approaches based on the business model of the designer (commissions, discounting, pass-through billing, etc.).
- Read about the benefits of working with Ventana surfboards as an interior designer.
- Learn more about why wooden surfboards are terrific elements in an interior design project.
Contact us to discuss your project, and let's create something beautiful that will meet your and your customer's vision for their space.
Can I visit your Aptos, CA workshop?
Yes! Contact us to schedule a visit.
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Free U.S. Shipping & Shipping Details
Every order includes Free USPS First Class or UPS Ground Shipping. Of course, you can select premimum options, too.
We generally ship products between 12 and 48 hours after we receive your order. In some cases, such as with surfboards, custom orders, or custom engraved products, we will contact you within 24 hours to discuss production and shipping timing.
We can ship anywhere in the world that is legally permitted under U.S. law. Any potential customs payments and processing fees are the responsibility of the customer.
Our Refund Policy is simple. We do the right thing. We trust our customers, and if you have any issues with any of our products, we'll work with you to do what's fair.
Contact email@example.com to discuss your return or other issue. We approve returns within 48 hours.
Any refunds will be returned via the method and manner in which they were paid. For instance, a credit card payment will be refunded to the same credit card; a wire transfer or electronic check will be refunded to the same account from which it came, etc. A cash payment may be refunded via Venmo, bank transfer, or PayPal.