Blending traditional carpentry with new technology, Lignum's custom-made, eco-friendly, British-wood surfboards are true feats of engineering
It was a shared love of the sea that brought the founders of Lignum Surfboards together. Alen Van Rooyen, a traditional boat builder, and Harry Robinson, a captain and professional sailor, met in 2012 when Robinson set up shop in Van Rooyen’s Devon-based atelier. Both keen surfers, they discovered they both harboured an ambition to create handmade wooden surfboards. “It started as a bit of a hobby,” admits Van Rooyen.