Ahua: boards made of cork

Ahua, a Portuguese surfing start-up, has kicked off a crowd funding campaign for the creation of the first stock of handplane boards made of cork.


The innovative project has already developed several boards which were successfully tested in waves. Ahua produced bodysurfing and handplane prototypes with Portugal's leading natural product: cork.

Cork is a light, green and buoyant material that can be used to make water sports equipment, although it is popularly known in the wine industry. Watch the Ahua boards in action.

Ahua is trying to get €3000 that may fund the first stock of alaia boards, which are made of paulownia. Nuno Mesquita and Ana Correia, the surfing start-up entrepreneurs, have already won a national award and will present Ahua at the World Sketching Tour.

Surfboards, bodysurf boards and handplanes made of cork might be invading the world's best surf spots. If you'd like to help Ahua, visit their website and search for the crowdfund link.

Learn more about alternative surfboard buoyant materials. Check our surfboard size chart.