Grades

Black Koa Surfboards come in two grades of wood, standard and premium.  We also offer a special Kahiko process.

STANDARD GRADE
Standard Grade boards are handmade of solid good quality wood.  However, as a less then premium cut wood, this grade may have natural imperfections and flaws that may require a limited amount of natural resin and or other natural filler(s) to complete.  In any event, such boards are visually stunning and beautiful and will make any owner proud to use and or display.

Application:  Everyday surfing.
Woods:        Typically traditional and non-traditional woods such as redwood.
Cost:           Starting at $78/ft.

PREMIUM GRADE
Premium Grade woods are hand selected for its structural integrity, color, grain, and overall beauty.  Typically, less then 10% of the woods used qualify as a premium cut.  Extra time and effort will be taken and only the finest craftsmanship and skills used, to maximize the functionality and beauty of these boards.  When necessary, traditional pewas (butterfly patches) will be used to keep fine cracks closed.  Use of pewas can greatly enhance the beauty and mana of such boards.

Premium Grade boards are fully functional made for surfing surfboards.  However, most boards of this quality and caliber are never used for surfing, but are typically purchased by collectors and used as works of art in organizations and fine homes around the world.

Application:  Private collections, galleries, and museums.
Woods:         Only traditional Hawaiian woods such as Koa, Ulu, and Wiliwili.
Cost:            Starting at $120/ft.

KAHIKO PROCESS
Kahiko means “ancient ways” in Hawaiian.  Boards here are made in the same manner and fashion as the ancient Hawaiian surfboards.  This means stone adzes for cutting and carving, coral and stone for sanding, and sand and shark skin for polishing.  In addition, the appropriate cultural protocols and ceremonies, will be followed when making such boards (see Tradition).  The entire process will be documented in writing, pictures, and video for the new owner.  Only premium quality woods are used in the Kahiko Process.

Application:  Museums and world class collections
Woods:        Only traditional Hawaiian woods such as Koa, Ulu, and Wiliwili.
Cost:           Cost will be discussed and determined on a case by case basis.

 

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Master Carver, Pohaku Stone’s personal collection.

 

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Example of pewa used to close a fine crack on the deck of a board.  In ancient times the amount of time and attention given to an item increased its mana.  The use of pewa does not only increase the mana of a board, but also gives it character and enhances its beauty.