No Hard Feelings – Spooked Kooks product review by Mischa Davis
It’s hard not to get the guilts as a surfer wanting to buy a new surfboard. When it comes to surfboard manufacturing sustainable options are few. However, there is now an option to buy a surfboard containing recycled plastic waste. Spooked Kooks surfboards was started with a mission to make the world’s most durable and best performing softboards with as much recycled plastic waste as possible. Whilst the entirety of the boards is not made from plastic waste – 100% of the high-density polyethylene i.e. all the hard parts (the entire underside of the board, fins, fin key, fin boxes, and leash plug) is. They have even replaced the standard shrink wrap packaging with an organic cotton board bag. There is also the option to return your board once it has seen out its days – to be recycled again. It’s a modest start but every little bit counts right?
As an ISA qualified surf instructor with experience both in New Zealand and overseas, I’ve seen a wide variety of softboards in my time. The Spooked Kooks boards are by far the most durable that I’ve come across. However, don’t be fooled these boards are not designed exclusively for the beginner surfer. Their hard rails and fins make for easy manuverability, and their diverse range of boards include four different shortboards – the 6’0 dagger which is your standard thruster, the Frankenfish – a 5’8 quad fin fish, the Tomby – a 5’6 egg shaped board, and the even smaller Batrat – a 4’11 twin fin.
What I love most about this company is its egalitarian approach to surfing – these boards are designed for everyone in mind – from the ‘spooked kook’ beginner right through to the experienced high performance shredder, and bringing surfing back to its essence which is all about having fun – because really how seriously can you take yourself when riding a softboard? As their slogan goes – no hard feelings involved.
Spooked Kooks surfboards are available in New Zealand via Tutukaka Surf Northland – don’t be shy to get in touch with Simon if you are keen to know more and get your hands on one www.tutukakasurf.co.nz