The Making Of: @DannyHess Surfboards

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At the very west end of San Francisco, where the city meets the Pacific Ocean, Danny Hess (@dannyhess) makes custom surfboards, skateboards, and handplanes. Like the ancient Polynesians who invented surfing, Danny’s boards are made out of wood, which is uncommon for surfboards made today.

"Salvaged and responsibly harvested wood is by far the best material for engineering a light, responsive, and durable board," Danny says. "I build these to last. My goal has always been to build a beautiful, functional board that you never have to replace."

You can get a peek at the process of hand-shaping a wooden surfboard on Danny’s Instagram account, @dannyhess, and be sure to check out more of Danny’s work on his website: