Yoni Surfboards is born out of Zé’s love for craftmanship and nature. From one tree, he can make twenty surfboards and for each one he sells, he plants a new tree.
It’s interesting to think that surfers–who are usually more responsible with nature– often ignore the fact that their main instrument, the surfboard, is made from a highly polluting process and highly destructive materials. The foam is made of hard polyurethane, an oil derivative that emits large quantities of carbon in manufacturing. Before we were able to make boards from foam, they were made from wood. Of course, the weight was an issue. Now, though, we have new techniques, materials and tools. There are new alternatives, particularly when talking about sustainable forestry wood.
Zé (aka Yoni) is probably one of the most authentic guys I know. He’s a genuine example of “walk the talk.” Each Yoni eco-surfboard is handcrafted in Portugal with local and sustainable materials and a minimum impact on the environment.