I’ve been busy for the past few months filming a short documentary about a friend of mine, David Forsyth and owner of Driftwood Surfboards. He’s a surfboard shaper with a difference, a pioneer. He makes beautiful surfboards from wood and uses recycled materials such as old school window-frames, wooden roof tiles and driftwood.
Recently returned from Morocco and Sumatra testing his boards in different climates and wave conditions he recounts his story… Hand in hand with The Woodland Trust David shapes using locally felled Cedars and a proportion of the profit from each board that he sells, goes back to the forest in the shape of indigenous saplings that are planted and nurtured to maturity all over the UK.
The short documentary which will be shown at the Cornwall Film Festival in November 2013, follows David creating a board whilst describing the practical ways in which the surf shaping industry could become more environmentally responsible. Driftwood Surfboards represent a new era of surfboard shaping – We follow a man turning his passion into profit and watch as he helps to sustain British woodland along the way.