Varuna: From Seed To Surfboard
After a year or two of quiet preparation, Varuna Surf recently launched their first store in Bali and are this weekend following it up with a Byron Bay store opening.
Makers of balsa surfboards, Varuna have combined the artisanal side of manufacturing with production models. Dissect one of their boards and you'll see a chambered balsa board. The type of construction that incorporates carpentry more than sculpting - in fact there's no foam used at all.
Though trading in the handicrafts, Varuna use the biz model employed by the high volume Asian factories: licensed shapers, stock models.
And Varuna is another Asian manufacturing company - the difference being the product is also grown there. To date, they've licensed shapes from Maurice Cole, Stuart D'Arcy, Chili, Beau Young, Joel Fitzgerald, and Renaud Cardinal.
Varuna make claims about the environmental benefits of their boards, so it follows that they'll be held to a higher degree of scrutiny than others.
Stay tuned for a longer story in the new year.
Details about the Byron launch below, including a new film from Maurice Cole.