Makai Project

Moana: Disney Joins the Outrigger Revival

December 18, 2014

The latest entity riding the outrigger revival, and probably the most well known, is none other than Disney. Word broke on the upcoming computer animated feature, Moana, a new musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, with concept art of the project complete with the heroine sailing an outrigger.

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    Concept art from Moana, Disney’s 56th animated film. Credit: Disney
Due in theaters in November 2016, Moana is set to be the 56th film to join the Disney animated canon, and has been described by Disney as a “mythic adventure set around 2000 years ago and across a series of islands in the South Pacific.” Title character, Moana Waialiki, a Polynesian princess and born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island to complete her “ancestor’s quest.” Along the way, she teams up with demi-god Maui (rumored to be voiced by The Rock) to help her traverse the seas where they encounter monstrous sea creatures, and explore the underworlds and ancient folklore of Oceania and the South Pacific.
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    Detail of the outrigger in Moana. Credit: Disney
The concept art (detail pictured above) caught our eye, not just for the amazing visual, but that sea-going vessel. Representing a traditional outrigger setup, we couldn’t help but notice the similarities with the Pacific 16, a modern day revival of the ancient sailing vessel coming from the combined shops of Makai Projectand Offshore Catamarans. Though the Moana representation looks to be constructed of wood, probably koa, with traditional rigging of the times, the similarities with the Pacific 16 are quite striking. Which brings us to the larger outrigger revival.
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    The Pacific 16 - Moana’s modern-day outrigger equivalent.
Over the past few decades, multihulls have gone from a relative oddity to a common sea-going performer, especially among ocean racing ( America’s Cup is strictly multi-hulls now—flying ones at that), cruisers and charter trips. Which is no surprise: when just looking at the evolution of sea exploration through history, the Polynesians, who covered unbelievably large swaths of ocean in the South Pacific millennia’s ago, were staunch multi-hullers, while the single hullers of the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East took centuries to explore just their own backyard at roughly the same time. And now, it looks like there is a renewed interest in outrigger canoes. Kuddos. These small little sailing/paddling vessels are a blast to captain, catching the wind and letting things fly as the ama skips off the water when conditions are just right. Its about time for an Outrigger Revival!

The Pacific 16 - reviving the outrigger sailing canoe

September 06, 2014

The latest launch from the Makai Project shop is merging ancient Polynesian tradition with modern technology and design for something we like to call the Pacific 16. In partnership with multi-hull building legend, Michael Bell of Offshore Catamarans, this versatile 16’ sailing canoe is the perfect way to connect with the deep blue.Completely demountable, the Pacific 16 sailing canoe has been designed to construct/breakdown in minutes, while every component—main hull, ama, mast and crossbeams, as well as rigging—fits on top of standard car roof racks, i.e. No trailer, no boat slip, no boat ramp, no problems.

This outrigger canoe can be built and launched anywhere, from the beach to the riverbank, and every body of water in-between. Completely customizable, the Pacific 16 can be built to suite your personal wants and needs. Looking for a double-hulled cruiser? You got it. Want a trimaran, why not? Using a combinations of hulls and amas (the smaller hull), rigging and propulsion source, the Pacific 16 can be built up into five distinct vessels: Paddle Surf Outrigger Canoe, Motored Outrigger Canoe; Sailing Outrigger Canoe, Catamaran (two main hulls), Trimaran (two amas, one main hull), allowing for the boat to grow with your skill level and boating needs.

The Revival

The Pacific 16 is part of the outrigger canoe revival, borrowing and enhancing on techniques from the ancient Polynesians. We intend to bring that revival to the east coast, offering a very simple way to experience what it’s like to enjoy the water while only hearing the sound water splitting the hull.

This outrigger is a modern take on the ancient Samoan tacking outrigger canoe. It consists of two hulls, the main larger canoe and the smaller outrigger (called an ama). This style of canoe dates back over a thousand years. T hese sailing canoes were used to explore the Pacific at a time where only paddling existed; this revolution is akin to the invention of the wheel in Asia and Europe.

Composition

Originally, the canoes were built from island materials such as plaited leaf sails, island woods, and organic webbing. The Pacific 16’s hulls are built from glass-reinforced and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers, and the sail is made from Dacron/Polytarp.

Rigging

The Pacific 16 supports a varied number of setups, some lighter, some heavier, but can be adjusted to suit your style. Looking for a lighter, more casual setup? Go for a polynesian/sunfish style. Looking for a more aggressive ride? Go with a larger sail offering more surface area for the wind without a boom. The kit includes one rigging option. Michael Bell, will work with you in order to find the right fit for you.

Specs

  • Ultra-light Composite Construction
  • Total Dimensions: 16’ long x 12’ wide
  • Main hull: 16’ L x 23” H x 27” W (two dry lockers)
  • Ama: 14’ L x 15” H x 8” W
  • Crossbeams: 12’ aluminum tubing
  • Mast: 12’
  • Rigging: Options Vary
  • 7' x 7' trampoline/net
  • 3 aluminum benches: 8'
  • Under 200 lbs Total Weight with Rigging
  • 600lbs capacity
  • Outboard Motor Capability
  • 100% Demountable
  • All components fit on Standard Roof Racks
  • Build-up/Break-down within 45 minutes

Be part of the revival

You can find more about how you can take part by checkout out the Makai Project here.

Illustrated Boards from Makai Project and CocoRamb

February 08, 2014

In collaboration with artist CocoRamb and Rainy Sun Design, the same folks behind the Makai Project logo and graphic design, this series of illustrated skateboards are truly art for the feet! The illustrations, all original, are the perfect compliment to the boards; embracing the light and breezy philosophy Makai Project lives by.

The illustrations are put on their boards using a screen process, directly adhering the art to the wood. It is then sealed with our proprietary clear coat, ensuring the art is protected and brought to a brilliant luster.

The illustrations are available on all board shapes and designs, and in a variety of colors. If you have something custom in mind, shoot them an email at sales [at] makaiproject.com, and they can come up with your next deck. Or you can go ahead and see them at Artigras on February 15th, 16th and 17th in Palm Beach Gardens! Enjoy the ride, compadres!

Hope through Surf | Share the Stoke Foundation

August 01, 2013

For many, surfing is an unattainable dream. Whether it's a fear of the sea (Shark Week!?!), a matter of fitness or simple geography, the idea of paddling for a wave and dropping in just isn't in the stars for some. But for others, it boils down to a simple matter of cost. Surfboards are expensive, starting at $400 and upwards of a grand or more for a new stick and an average of $200 for a use, for a kid, these costs seem astronomical. And for parents on a budget, these are costs that are simply out of reach, especially for a hobby their child may or may not stick with (remember the guitar and karate lessons, baseball, ballet and the scouts?).


But surfing can be incredibly liberating, a workout, a time of meditation and a practice of patience; there are lessons in the sea. While surfing can be a humbling experience, especially when first starting out, when that fight to make it past the inside can seem downright impossible. But the struggle is part of the mystique, and that the feeling of dropping in on that first wave is like none other; it's a memory that sticks. Sharing in this stoke, helping burgeoning surfers along the path is Lake Worth-based Share the Stoke Foundation.


What started as a failed attempt to sell a surfboard on Craigslist in 2010 has turned into a nonprofit with a simple mission: Change the World One Board at a Time. To do this, STSF has enacted two programs dedicated to bringing boards to disadvantaged youth around the world: The Recycled Program and the 100 Board Project. “This organization is all about spreading the love and hope in the form of a surfboard,” says Kelly Kingston, founder of STSF.

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    A little grom tearing it up in Chicama, Peru, a stop on the 100 Board Project.

The Recycled Board Program targets kids locally and nationally through a simple concept: Collect donated boards from surfers who are ready to let'em go, then give them away. To get a board, someone writes into the organization on why they or someone they know is deserving of a surfboard. The goal is to give the boards to kids who otherwise could not afford one. “We get a lot of sad emails, quite a few out-of-work stories.” Once a child is selected, they can come and get their board.


As a little incentive for surfers to give up their old ride, STSF and Firewire have partnered for the Enviroflex program: Simply take the board your considering for donation—7' in length or less, no open dings and a full set of fins—to a participating Firewire dealer and you'll get a $150 store credit toward a new Firewire Enviroflex board. Its a pretty sweet deal, not only because of the discount, but the board that would otherwise sit in the garage gathering dust or destined for the trash heap, ends up in the hands of a kid who is really deserving.


On the international side, the 100 Board Project is targeting 10 different coastal communities around the world, including Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru, as well as Florida, California and New York, giving 10 brand new Firewire boards, FCS fins and leash to kids at each. In order to qualify, the kids must promise to “attend school, learn to read and write, maintain a positive attitude, respect the environment and participate in community enrichment programs (when possible).”

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    The 100 Board Project in action: 100 new Firewire Surfboards to 100 deserving groms around the world.

It's a pretty sweet gig, traveling the world like a surfboard wielding Robin Hood, handing out new and used boards to deserving kids. “Share the Stoke doesn’t feel like a real job,” says Kingston with a grin. “Getting to go surfing, chilling with these kids out on the water, that is not really work,” But as modest as she may be, the organization has made real strides in seaside communities. To date (August 1, 2013), STSF has given away 154 boards since its 2010 inception, and Kingston and crew are not done yet.


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    Makai Project Handplane and Skateboard to be raffled-off at Share the Stoke’s party at Mulligan’s
Through grassroots events and fund-raising, dedicated partners and a close-knit group of volunteers—including professional free-surfer Pete Mendia—STSF is imparting the joys and lessons the ocean can open up. “Surfing has really given me so much, it is my passion,” says Kingston. “I really want to share that with these kids. It should be open for all kids, not just a select few.”


On August 1, Share the Stoke Foundation will be partying down stateside at Mulligan's at the Lake Worth Pier. From 5 to 8 p.m., salty boys and girls can join in with STSF, help raise awareness and some funds, while joining in on the cause. There will also be some pretty stellar raffle prizes on the line, including a full skateboard with hardware and a handplane from Makai Project. Join in the fun folks, its for the kids!

Strap In: Makai Project Handplanes Keep Evolving

July 15, 2013

Our hand-shaped handplanes just got a whole lot more dynamic. After some rather unseasonable swells down here in Juno Beach, the research and development branch of the Makai Project shop (i.e. me and a few other beach rats) have been busy at work creating, testing and trying to destroy the newest improvement to our handplanes. We aren't reinventing the device—yet—but we have made some solid improvements: An adjustable polypropolene strap (saltwater resistant) that uses stainless steel rings as anchors and recycled neoprene from an old wetsuit for comfort and padding.

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    FatFish Handplane with Stainless-Steel O Rings

None of this is new; many companies have been doing a similar setup to this in some shape, way or form. What sets ours apart is the makeup, and it starts with the handplane itself. We start with thick, laminated blanks made in-shop, which in itself is rather rare on market. The laminating allows us to make up some pretty sweet wood layups, alternating different species that compliment and contrast each other. Its within this laminate layup that we place the anchors. Using stainless-steel “O” rings and rectangular loops from the marine industry—super rust resistant—we laminate these into the wood, which does two things: Eliminates screws and after-the-fact hardware many companies use; and makes the anchor super strong—they aren't going anywhere, you need to destroy the handplane to get them out. Built thick, we hand shape each plane, using—get this—handplanes. Boom! The design allows for steep rockers, deep channels and tight rails, which cruises in the water much like a boat.


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    FatFish Handplane with Western Cedar, Aspen and Poplar.
Strapped to these anchors, the polypropolene webbing secures the hand secure on the board, eliminating the old style cut grip we were using. This reduced a lot of free-flowing water that would spray, a la rooster tail, out the old grip style, which would limit visibility down the line. Now its nothing but smooth sailing. The strap we're using is a heavyweight polypropolene sailing webbing, which has great UV protection, highly resistant to saltwater, and a breaking strength of well over 900 pounds. The buckle allows the rider to tighten or loosen the strap for comfort and snugness, so no matter how big or small your hand is, you can find the comfort zone.


And though this strapping offers superior strength and resistance to the elements, alone, the stuff is uncomfortable and rash inducing. To counter the chafe, we recruited an old retired wetsuit to act as a sleeve on the webbing. This not only counters the rigidity of the webbing, it also helps keep the buckle from shifting, interfering with the thumb, as well as tying down excess webbing needed for adjustment. Everything winds up coming in a nice, compact package that's comfortable and user friendly, adding to the overall ride.


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    Double Channel Handplane
We are using both our FatFish sizes—15½ and 19 inches—with either double, single and grooved channels. This newest handplane will be hitting the site for sale this weekend, so keep and eye out. And as always, everything is made in South Florida for a Sunshine State of mind. Enjoy the ride folks.

The Illustrated Three

May 05, 2013

Howdy all you Makai Project acolytes. It's been a while since the last update from the shop, but we have been busy. The latest model of our handplanes, the duel-channel FatFish have been an absolute blast in this little swell we have had, so its pretty safe to say we've been working on the tan, all in the name of research and development.


But it hasn't been all play; we have managed to squeeze some work into the mix. A few new boards are rolling off the shelves, three of which are a collaboration with our favorite artistic duo, CocoRamb and Jorge Marquez of Rainy Sun Design, who came up with some rather sweet illustrations making these boards true are for the feet. The first, a retro kicktail cruiser aptly named The Bradley, is a sassy bamboo number with red oak and mahogany accents along the rails that makes you want to cry it looks so good. The deck is affixed with some intergalactic fish up top while the bottom has the likeness of a Siren that won't soon leave some young boys' dreams. Using the retro kicktail mold, this deck mixes old school with the new, opting for a super flexible and strong bamboo core. Sorry folks, this one is a one-off custom deck and is spoken for, but if you're interested in the graphic and/or style, we can work something out. Just shoot us an email at sales@makaiproject.com

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    Illustrated deck made with bamboo, red oak and mahogany.

The second deck is a mahogany looker with a few circular accents thrown into the mix. Dubbed the Porthole, this deck uses the retro kicktail mold, but with a plywood core, making for a strong deck with plenty of pop. The look is classy, mainly mahogany with twin aspen pintstripes down the middle with aspen disks affixed on both the top and on the bottom, where a winking chica and the Makai Project logo sit respectively. Weighing in at 30 inches, the deck has a prominent kicktail and a raised nose, giving this sweet ride some serious curves.
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    Aspen on mahogany, the Porthole kicks it old school with class.

The last illustrated board in the works is a little ditty we like to call the Saltwater Vixen. The name derives from the, lets just say voluptuous woman on the bottom whose surrounded by an assortment of marine life. The deck is mainly mahogany countered with an aspen pinstripe and some deep green poplar. Using our potato mold (combination camber and kicktail) and coming in at 32” x 8.5”, this deck has slight curves that help the rider grip the deck and enough rise to really carve.
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    An original Rainy Sun Design, the Saltwater Vixen is true art for the feet.

As you can see, things have been busy around here with lots of new and exciting things coming down the pike. And this Sunday, May 5, we'll be showcasing the latest and greatest at the last outdoor green market of Palm Beach Gardens' season. Come by, say high and check out the latest. And if the surf holds, we'll be headed to Carlin straight after to do some handplaning at the freshly formed sandbar. If you're interested in coming out, we have some extra rides to test out. Enjoy the rides compadres.

Handplane Evolution

March 15, 2013

The shop has been abuzz with our newest project, handplanes. These little hand boards may look funny, but damn will it enhance the ride when body surfing. Small, vaguely resembling a surfboard with a frown cut for grip, the concept is simple: Swim into the wave, handplane outfront as a guide, and enjoy the ride. Sounds simple, but the development of these is anything but.


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    Foam handplanes
The evolution of the Makai Project handplane started with a grand scheme, paired down, then got technical. First we began with an old busted surfboard. After stripping down the old glass to the foam, we cut and shaped handplanes straight from the foam with stringer intact. Then we glassed them with 8 oz. S Glass and epoxy. Since it was epoxy, a much stronger and safer alternative to polyester resin, we needed to flood coat, sand, fill imperfections and so on. The result was a lightweight mini board that took quite a bit of time to create; too much time.


So for the next stage in our research and development, we moved to wood. For our first two prototypes, PT1 and PT2, the name of the game was ¾" solid wood planks, cut, shaped and sanded to order. Two sizes were made, the Shore Surfer at 15 1/2” x 8 1/4”, and the Outside Breaker weighing in at 19” x 9”. At just ¾ of an inch thick, rocker was limited, but the nose was raised and grooves were carved into the bottom 2/3 of the board, starting at the grip and extending to the split tail. We tried a narrow double channel in the Shore Surfer, and a wider, softer groove on the OB.


In the water, both worked admirably. Of course its South Florida surf, so the conditions were not ideal, but the handplanes allowed for some guidance and some lift while cruising the wave. Fins are a must, Churchill swim fins are ideal—simple, compact but give enough propulsion. The channels carved in the plane seemed to work, funneling water under and out the back the board versus swamping the deck. But, there was an issue with the nose diving.

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    Shore Surfer, PT1, has a double channel and slightly rockered nose.


The overall thickness of the board hampered ride-ability. The grip, which is little more than a smile cut out to grab the board, made the hand double over on the bottom, making for some serious resistance. And the slim rocker was not enough to keep the board riding high above the chop when using the board for lift. Time and again the board would buckle and dive. For the most part, the problem was technique and mushy waves—I was doing the same thing on the surfboard in the same waves—but the design could be solidified, which lead to PT3 and PT4.


The overall shape and hydrodynamics of the channels were sound in PT1 and PT2, the overall flow was what lacked. For the second round of prototypes, we pulled a page from our skateboard design and laminated some wood, but went thicker—an inch and a half—for the center block to allow for some sculpting. Keeping the same overall shape, the added girth allowed for us to carve out a rocker to the board, giving it a rather bulbous nose and a scooped tail. We were also able to hide the rider's knuckles on the underside, actually using the fingers as an extension of the rocker, allowing for a smooth transition into the channel. We also used a few different species of wood in the construction that not only add strength (like stringers) but makes them look pretty rad too.

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    The Shore Surfer PT3 started with a thicker midsection, allowing for a more substantive rocker and a deep channel.
In the water, these things glide and cut like a boat. The sleek but odd look on land translates to some smooth riding on the wave—I liken these things to a duck, a little awkward out of the water, but when in, they just work. The carved nose rises out of the water just enough so that it does not get swamped, gliding above the chop, while the channel gives the water a place to go, flowing under and out, giving the plane extra speed and maneuverability. Again, two sizes were made: PT3 - 15 1/2” x 8 1/4”; PT4 – 19” x 9”. Both were tested in some rather big, choppy seas and smaller, clean conditions, and both worked as directed when using swim fins. The smaller, PT3/Shore Surfer, was a little more maneuverable, especially when making for a quick turn. The larger, PT4/Outside Breaker, is best for cruising and/or bigger riders. It is maneuverable and quick, but there is some resistance when trying to cut hard—more surface area to press into the wave, a bit more resistance.
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    The Outside Breaker PT4 has a deep channel and severe rocker, but is wider and longer than the Shore Surfer, making it perfect for bigger riders.
In all, the new design is ideal for choppy Florida surf. There needs to be a bit of power behind the wave—boat wake, no matter how hard you try, just won't push a full grown man—and swim fins really are a must. But when conditions are right, these things are pretty fun and super easy to use—simply grab a hold, stick it in the direction you want to go and kick, you'll be surprised how quick and responsive these things are and how much longer they will extend your body surfing ride.


PT1 and PT2 still have merit, though conditions need to be a bit cleaner. They still offer some support and guidance while riding the wave, just a little more skill and practice to keep the plane from swamping and diving.


These are a great thing to leave in the trunk for those impromptu sessions when a board is out of reach. They're also great in-between sessions, when you need a breather but don't want to let any wave sneak by un-ridden. Check in soon for the first series of Makai Project handplanes to roll out to market—we have one more improvement in the works, but in all they are pretty much solidified and ready to ride. And if you have any good ideas for names, hit us up, we're trying to come up with something sweet. Enjoy the ride!

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    All four handplane prototypes worked like a charm in both big and small, choppy surf.

Makai Project Gets Exotic: The Latest Wood Shipment

February 12, 2013

The Makai Project is humming right along. In between our launch at the Retro Indie Market and our involvement at the Hopes, Dreams & Horses benefit, the shop has been cranking out new product. A new press is just now operational, opening up a new door of opportunity in crafting some pretty sick boards, while R&D on our handplanes has taken a turn for the better and we think we are on the verge of perfecting these mini wave riders—swell permitting. But one of the more exciting things to hit the shop was our latest shipment of wood.


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    Purpleheart, Paduak and Zebrawood from Bell Forest Products
In our endless mission of finding the best material for our boards, be it for performance, aesthetically speaking or for strength, we have come across some pretty awesome stuff. From Bell Forest Products, a shipment of purpleheart, zebrawood, paduak and bubinga made it to the door and this stuff is sick. Purpleheart, Peltogyne paniculata, a native to Central and South America, looks just as the name suggests—purple—and is a supremely solid wood with an 1860 on the Janka scale. Zebrawood, Microberlinia brazzavillensis, hails from West Africa and has deep alternating grain, much like a zebra, and is exceedingly strong—a 1575 Janka rating. Padauk, Pterocarpus soyauxii, is another West African native and quite possibly the definition of red-headed step child—this stuff is fire, pure and simple, and strong to boot—1725 Janka rating. This will look pretty damn awesome set against some aspen or maple with some mahogany thrown into the mix.
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    Bubinga laminated with aspen and red oak.
The final wood from Bell Forest, Bubinga, Guibourita demeusei,comes from Central Africa and is a course wood with a pinkish, reddish hue and a grain that gives the wood some serious movement when finished. With a 1980 Janka rating, its the hardest wood of the bunch, helping add strength to the board while giving it some serious looks.


On the U.S. side of things, we got a big honking board of Curly Maple that looks tops. A hard maple species, Acer saccharum, the undulating chatoyant appearance that gives it the curly or tiger look is not from the grain but a distortion in the formation of the wood fiber.The result is an iridescent tiger stripe pattern throughout the wood that, when finished, is hard to take the eyes off. And the stuff is hard to boot, scoring 1450 on the Janka scale, as well as a pretty sustainable wood specie.

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    Curly Maple
Native throughout the Northeast and into Canada, hard maple is one of the fastest growing trees on the continent, and readily accessible. This all helps to give this a high sustainability rating, helping reduce the carbon footprint of these boards.


The last shipment of wood may not be as striking as the padauk or purpleheart, but it is no less beautiful and probably even more exciting then all others put together in terms of practicality and sustainability. Straight from California's Frank's Cane & Rush Supply, a shipment of bamboo (tribe Bambuseae) paneling is changing the whole makeup of what we're doing. The stuff is sweet, both laminated vertically and horizontally, at about 3/16” thick, the boards are lightweight, strong (1380 Janka rating) and super flexible. And it is probably the greenest of the wood products we use; a fast growing grass, bamboo can grow just about anywhere, takes limited space to grow and needs little water.


Its strength-to-weight ratio makes it the ideal composite material, allowing us to use the paneling as both a veneer on the surface of the boards as well as for the core, giving the boards superior flex and resiliency while making them super thin and lightweight. When searching for bamboo, Mike Frank, owner of Frank's was probably the most helpful and knowledgeable cat in the game. And his stuff is very reasonably priced and ships immediately. I cannot sing the praises of this place enough; if you are in the market for something bamboo related, give them a try.

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    Illustrated board by Rainy Sun Design on bamboo veneer.

This latest shipment of supplies has allowed us to take our stuff to the next level, with some pretty exciting things in the works. Check in soon for the latest boards out the shop. On the technology side of things, our new website should be hitting the web soon, so get excited peeps, it is a pretty badass original ride. Enjoy the ride!

Horses & Harley's

February 07, 2013

A very worthy cause is holding its first-ever fund- and awareness-raiser Thursday, February 7 at Lucky's Bar & Grill in Jupiter. Hopes, Dreams & Horses, a local nonprofit therapeutic center dedicated to serving children and adults with physical, mental, social and emotional special needs through the healing power of horses, is teaming up with some local bikers for Horses & Harley's, an evening of games, eats, drinks and great raffle prizes, all to help with the organization's programs and scholarships for riders.


Part horse rescue, part therapeutic riding center, HDH helps individuals with special needs, including but not limited to at-risk youth, seniors, amateur riders, veterans, cancer patients and survivors, and individuals with socialization and communication needs to connect through horses, be it riding or simply coming to the barn and being in their presence. Programs like Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning harness the power of horses to instill an overall sense of well-being, improvements in confidence and self-esteem, create a dynamic of positive communication as well as a place for relationship growth, while improving physical conditions like balance, coordination, reflexes, range of motion, muscle development and decreased spasticity, among many more benefits.


Horses and Harley's hopes to raise awareness of the power horses can have on those whose voice is often diminished and hope seems distant. The event is sure to be a great time, with some pretty awesome drinking games in the works and the raffle is sure to draw a crowd. Up for grabs, stays at area resorts, a cruise for two, restaurant gift cards and one of our very own skateboards. That's right folks, the Makai Project is offering up one of our Mini Kicktail Cruisers complete with hardware, a $225 value.

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Made with aspen and a bold mahogany stripe, the board weighs in at 27" long, 6 13/16 inches wide and an 11-ply core–one of our specialties. What's more, the raffle tickets only cost $5, and all the proceeds are going toward a very worthy cause. Join us and enjoy the ride.


  • Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with live music, games and raffle prizes.
  • Admission is free.
  • For more information, visit hopesdreamsandhorses.com.


Lucky's Bar & Grill

10160 W. Indiantown Rd.

Jupiter, FL 33478