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BALSA WOOD

One of KAYU’s lead objectives is to be very committed to the environment and reducing our footprint on the planet, therefore we use balsa wood. Originating from the balsa tree, also known as Ocroma Pyramidale. The lightweight nature of balsa, makes it the perfect material for a light wooden surfboard.

LAST A LIFETIME

KAYU Surfboards are manufactured to appeal the driven beginner, all the way to the cultured advanced surfer. Known for its low density and high strength, it is also incredibly buoyant. When looked after carefully, these surfboards are designed to last a lifetime.

INDONESIA

KAYU means wood in Indonesian and Balinese languages. Our roots are in Indonesia and all our raw materials are sourced from local small scale plantations in East Java. We effectively source our own materials, while our true suppliers are those that cultivate the balsa tree.

KAYU surfers & customers

I guess you would call me a Silver Surfer - I've ridden a lot of boards over the years, some outstanding and some barely worth putting on the water. But I have to say Kayu gives you a whole...

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I guess you would call me a Silver Surfer - I've ridden a lot of boards over the years, some outstanding and some barely worth putting on the water. But I have to say Kayu gives you a whole new experience. It's not just an incredible ride, cool and sensitive when you need that, powerful and dynamic when you need that, but it's a beautiful thing in its own right.

 For years I've hated to be part of a sport that lovesthe environment but ends up creating a load of polyester trash. We shouldn't bedoing that anymore. Kayu is a thing of beauty and totally in tune withsustainability. For me, there's no looking back. I should add that the Kayupeople are great to deal with - very knowledgeable and helpful - and I'drecommend a visit to their shop when you are in Bali.

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Amazingly beautiful surfboards , ethically sourced and surf REALLY well.I would highly recommend stopping by Kayu store to check out the what’s onoffer. You always need a wooden board in the QUI...

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Amazingly beautiful surfboards , ethically sourced and surf REALLY well.I would highly recommend stopping by Kayu store to check out the what’s onoffer. You always need a wooden board in the QUIVER and these are the ones togo for.

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Greatshop. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and amazing quality surf boards.

Awesome shop with lots of option if you're looking for wooden surfboards andfins. And definitly a nice place to check anyway if you like beautiful art workalso.The owner is friendly and eas...

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Awesome shop with lots of option if you're looking for wooden surfboards andfins. And definitly a nice place to check anyway if you like beautiful art workalso.The owner is friendly and easy to reach.

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I thought the heads turning on the beach would be enough happiness out ofthis board. But then I felt it in the sea. From the first paddle, to the secondwave, to the third bottom turn, each exper...

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I thought the heads turning on the beach would be enough happiness out ofthis board. But then I felt it in the sea. From the first paddle, to the secondwave, to the third bottom turn, each experience on the 5'4" Little Fishwas incredible. I also love how light and durable the board is, withoutcompromising on quality.

The team at Kayu were also brilliant; so passionate about their craft, yetso humble. I learned so much from them when buying my board and was so happywith the fast, efficient service.

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KAYU boards are simply amazing and I love the feeling of riding a woodenboard they are so light. The contact with the water is just purehappiness, I have the Varuna Short board and a fish from K...

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KAYU boards are simply amazing and I love the feeling of riding a woodenboard they are so light. The contact with the water is just purehappiness, I have the Varuna Short board and a fish from KAYU: 2different boards for small and big swell. I'm so happy notto contaminate the ocean anymore with a foam board. Thanks again KAYUsurfboards!!

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When I became aware of how unsustainable surfboard materials are in themodern surfing world, and seeing the health of our Oceans deteriorate day byday, I asked myself which sacrifices I would be...

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When I became aware of how unsustainable surfboard materials are in themodern surfing world, and seeing the health of our Oceans deteriorate day byday, I asked myself which sacrifices I would be willing to make so I can giveback to the planet.That’s how I gave wooden surfboards a shot and found outabout KAYU surfboards in Bali.

I got myself a “little fish” 5,5 with a quad set up. I ordered this boardfor the smaller days; I have surfed it in up to 6 ft waves and it has provenitself to be the fastest board I’ve ever ridden. Not only that, it is also areal wave catcher, I can take off from a lot deeper and make it through fastsections more than I usually do. It’s ideal for big carves and great for tubesif you can manage its speed.

Did I sacrifice performance to surf wood? I don’t think so. A pro surferwould argue on that part though, I feel that if you don’t belong to the 5%surfing elite or that you goal is not to throw big airs, then it won’t affectyour surfing progression but rather enhances it. It’s a fraction above theaverage weight compared to standard performance surfboards but literallyunnoticeable in the water, however it is indestructible and this board may lastyou 20 years rather than 1-2 years. I highly recommend KAYU surfboards, it iswell worth the investment.

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My love for the beach, the sea and surfing has increased my concern andpassion for the environment. For a few years now, I and my wife have startedthis journey towards sustainable living. From o...

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My love for the beach, the sea and surfing has increased my concern andpassion for the environment. For a few years now, I and my wife have startedthis journey towards sustainable living. From our way of life in the city herein the Philippines to how we travel and surf, we started learning about wayshow to reduce our carbon footprint and sustain the beautiful things natureprovides, especially the ocean.

I learned that most surfboards now are made cheaper with synthetic materialsthat take centuries to decompose. So for my second board, I wanted somethingdifferent. Coming from a 9-foot log, I wanted to transition to a fish. And Iwanted it to be made of wood. I waited until we travelled to Bali for the firsttime for our overdue honeymoon. Upon researching, I discovered Kayu surfboardsfrom another Filipina long boarder. 2 things I love about Kayu hollowwooden surfboards is that they grow their own wood and their holisticsustainable concept. The use of Balsa wood, from the fast growing IndonesianBalsa tree, makes their boards very light, yet very durable, 2 important thingsfor a surfboard. And by growing their own Balsa trees for harvesting, they notonly reduce their footprint on the planet, they also help uplift the localcommunities that grow, harvest and manufacture their wood. When i got to theCanggu shop, aside from these facts I’ve read online and finally seeing thecraftsmanship of the boards up close, it is also by discovering the passion ofthe people behind the boards that convinced me that this is going to be my nextboard. Now, every time I surf with my 6” Papillion fish, I will always bereminded with this mindset that there is always a way to enjoy a sustainablelife. It’s still a long journey, both towards sustainable living and riding myfish, but so far my Papillon has been teaching me all good stuff.

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Like everything about Kayu, their service in creating my new board wasprofessional. Kayu listened to my needs and responded accordingly. The teamwere friendly and hospitable. They shared the sta...

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Like everything about Kayu, their service in creating my new board wasprofessional. Kayu listened to my needs and responded accordingly. The teamwere friendly and hospitable. They shared the stages of development with me.

I couldn’t be happier, the board is a beast and I enjoy every session in thewater. Thank you Kayu

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“When I became aware of how unsustainable surfboard materials are in the modern surfing world, and seeing the health of our Oceans deteriorate day by day, I asked myself which sacrifices I would...

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“When I became aware of how unsustainable surfboard materials are in the modern surfing world, and seeing the health of our Oceans deteriorate day by day, I asked myself which sacrifices I would be willing to make so I can give back to the planet. That’s how I gave wooden surfboards a shot and found out about KAYU surfboards in Bali."

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KAYU boards are simply amazing and I love the feeling of riding a wooden board they are so light. The contact with the water is just pure happiness, I have the Varuna Short board and a fish from...

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KAYU boards are simply amazing and I love the feeling of riding a wooden board they are so light. The contact with the water is just pure happiness, I have the Varuna Short board and a fish from KAYU: 2 different boards for small and big swell. I’m so happy not to contaminate the ocean anymore with a foam board. Thanks again KAYU surfboards!!”

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When i got to the Canggu shop, aside from these facts I’ve read online and finally seeing the craftsmanship of the boards up close, it is also by discovering the passion of the people behind the...

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When i got to the Canggu shop, aside from these facts I’ve read online and finally seeing the craftsmanship of the boards up close, it is also by discovering the passion of the people behind the boards that convinced me that this is going to be my next board. Now, every time I surf with my 6” Papillion fish, I will always be reminded with this mindset that there is always a way to enjoy a sustainable life.

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