Equipment and Clothing
First formed in South Wales in 1963 before moving to its present location in Devon, Tiki is one of the oldest surf companies in the UK, if not the world. Amazingly, the company is still owned and run by its two founders, Tim Heyland and Dave Aldrich-Smith. With the surfing world becoming more corporate by the minute, it makes for a refreshing change to see a company still operating in the traditional way.
Tiki has long been renowned for the absolute top quality of its output, its surfboard technologies and construction techniques being among the most advanced in the world. Tiki boards utilise the latest materials such as carbon, bamboo, EPS and epoxy. In addition to quality materials and manufacture, Tiki boasts a top-notch team of surfers too. This includes Andrew Cotton, a man regarded by many as being one of the finest big wave surfers on the planet. A recipient of numerous XXL nominations, Andrew was the driver of the jetski that towed Garrett McNamara into the largest wave ever ridden in 2012, a monster of 78 feet.
There is no denying that the Tiki range of surfboards is vast, encompassing everything from shortboards and fish to foamboards, longboards and SUP. The range caters for all levels of surfer too, from beginners and intermediate, right through to boards suitable for the advanced surfer. Although the art featured on many of the Tiki boards is relatively simple and unfussy, the boards are most definitely no less striking for it and are certain to attract admiring glances from fellow surfers and beach dwellers. If there was one word to sum up the overall look and feel of a Tiki surfboard, that word would have to be sophisticated.