What's up with those apples
A shed on an apple tree farm
Founded as a full time business in 2016 by brother team Wieger and Jorrit Buurma. After experimenting as amateurs for 10 years, producing boards in the parental back garden shed on an appletree farm, a major break through in production and materials sparked the idea that a full time future as board builders would be possible. With Jorrits background in product and material engineering and Wiegers drive to find out how things are made and passion for artisan hand work, Appletree Surfboards was founded and soon the Appletree kitesurf and surfboards were literally flying out the door.
Born in Holland, handmade in Portugal
The shed on the apple farm was soon exchanged for a factory in Rijswijk, Holland. In two and a half years the factory expanded to the maximum size possible and with growing interest in the product, a new facility had to be found or built. That is why Appletree moved to Portugal in 2019. With an additional advantage that the boards can be tested in better conditions. Jorrit manages the production facility over there and Wieger is in charge of sales and marketing from the HQ in Holland.
A clean shaping bay
With the move to Portugal and the build of our own factory, we have also set ourselves a goal: to become the cleanest shaping bay. Sustainability is a very important aspect for Appletree Surfboards. As a group of (kite)surfers we all like to travel around the world to the sickest spots and surf the best spots in the world. But we are also aware of the amount of waste we all produce together. And the gases we emit. That’s why we want to do as much as possible in the Appletree factory to reduce emissions and waste production. This is a process that is constantly evolving. Not only do we try to make durable boards by making them as strong as possible, but we also strive to be the cleanest surfboard factory. This varies from developing filter systems to neutralize the gases we emit during the production process to reusing and recycling our foam. In addition, Appletree Surfboards is officially approved by Sustainable Surf. With this we have committed ourselves to follow set rules and to constantly look for more environmentally friendly options. Follow our blogs or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
The perfect shape continues…
All Appletree boards are produced using a revolutionary production method that is completely unique in the surfing and kitesurfing world. The unique foam is machined into well designed shapes on CNC machines that are fully designed and built in house. The boards are one by one hand finished by the best craftsmen in Portugal to ensure the perfect shape. After shaping, the boards are wrapped in carefully engineered layers of glass fiber and/or carbon fiber and vacuum injected to fuse everything together into one solid board. There is a great urge to further develop the technology and to come up with new ideas. Appletree is proud to deliver you the best gear wherever you want!