The brilliantly named James Otter founded his company Otter Surfboards with the sole ambition to combine the two loves of his life; making things out of wood and surfing. To those of you who don’t know, it is widely accepted in the surf-world (or certainly by James) that wooden boards glide and flex better than their plastic-y cousins as well as providing their riders with greater control. Plus they’re carved with the same loving attention as the next Turner Prize-winning sculpture.
The Otter workshop, situated in the glorious Porthtown on Cornwall’s west coast, produces a range of hollow, skin and frame wooden surfboards using sustainably and locally sourced wood. Knowing your board comes from a tree grown up the road in Cornwall or in neighbouring Devon definitely makes a difference to your game. Otter even offers an experience that will strike joy into the hearts of board-lovers; you can spend five days in its workshops and craft your own wave-skimming steed.