Black Koa Surfboards specializes in making traditional Hawaiian surfboards that are historically accurate and culturally appropriate.  As such, only native Hawaiian woods are used.  The only exception here is the use of redwood. Redwood is used in honor of the three teenage Hawaiian Prince brothers (Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole, David Kawananakoa and Edward Keliʻiahonui) who introduced surfing outside of Hawaiʻi for the first time in Santa Cruz, California in 1885. Here the brothers carved three surfboards from wood that was made available to them, redwood.  This interesting story may be found, in part, here. (http://www.grindtv.com/surf/redwood-surfboards-introduced-mainland-surfing-returning-home/)

As such, Black Koa Surfboards are made of the following woods.

  • Koa (Hawaiian Mahaogany, available only in Hawaiʻi)
  • Ulu (Bread-fruit, available throughout the Pacific)
  • Wiliwili (Hawaiian Balsa, available only in Hawaiʻi)
  • Redwood (from the U.S.A.)

Wood samples below: