Kuntiqui Malibu
Kuntiqui Malibu

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Balsa Wood Malibu

The Balsa wood «Malibu» is distinguished by its simple behaviour in the surf, as well as a variety of trimming adjustments achieved by the use of different kinds of fins. 

Thanks to the large round nose, waves can be caught very easily and even nose rides are possible. 

The squash tail gives this surfboard a good turning capability and a light V in the bottom facilitates a quick change of edge.

The «Malibu» shape is an «evergreen» of surfboards and never goes out of style!

Three hardwood stringers give the board an extraordinary strength. 

Nose and tail are also reinforced by hardwood.

The ideal wave height is between 0.3 – 1.4 metres.

This wooden «Malibu» comes with a US- fin box as well as Future fin plugs for side fins. 

The right Future Fins for you can be ordered on demand with the board.

Why Balsa?

balsa tree

The core of our surfboards, and therefore their main element, is Balsa wood (Ocroma Pyramidale). 

Balsa has been  used as a transport float in South America 1000 years before the bad ass Inka Empire

This plant is one of the fastest growing species, reaching a height of up to 10 meter and a diameter of 20-25 cm within 3-4 years.

The Balsa wood we use comes from a family farm, situated in the coastal region of Ecuador. 

The head of the farm and family is Don Zandoval. 

The Balsa trees are planted in a sustainable mixed cultivation program together with bananas, yuca, and beans.

"Balsa wood is a fast growing, sustainable and recyclable raw material, producing no toxic substances. Therefore it can safely be said, that the use of Balsa is a sustainable method of producing surfboard blanks."

~ Kuntiqui Founder

Balsa Production

Since our balsa wood surfboards are exclusively handmade, the production process requires approximately six times as long as it takes to produce a conventional foam board.

The process begins with the sowing of the balsa seeds in Don Zandoval´s greenhouse and three months later continues with the planting between bananas, yucca and beans. 

It takes 3-4 years before the trees have grown to the sufficient height for harvesting. 

After they have been sliced into blocks they are transported by eco donkey. In the local climate of Ecuador the wooden blocks dry in about 2-3 months.

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