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.
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.
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
~ Kuntiqui Founder
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.
takes 3-4 years before the trees have grown to the sufficient height for
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