Jack’s space is located in Berhampore, where he shares his workshop with a furniture design business. When I arrived, there were at least three dogs charging around, a box of empty Tui’s in reception, clients being shown shapes & furniture being made.
Jack is the man behind Organic Dynamic, designing, manufacturing and surfing on sustainable boards, along with his dog Devon.
Custom and standard shapes are created with nice balance of machine precision and hand crafted perfection, making each board unique & tailored to its user. Not only is he a weapon in the workshop and provides surfers with a sustainable alternative, but Jack also makes a mean coffee and is also transforming an old Volvo 240 into the perfect road trip wagon.
So you make sustainable boards….I don’t believe you…
We take 100% locally recycled and landfill diverted polystyrene, clad it with locally grown paulownia wood and seal it with Bio resin. The boards are strong light and built to last. We do use a small amount of virgin Nylon fibre and PU glue but we think the carbon offset by the timber and recycling practice will out weigh the carbon emissions generated by these materials. Hope to do a proper carbon analysis this year.
You have a background in industrial design; what led you on to shaping?
That’s correct, started out like most businesses; I couldn’t afford to buy or repair surfboards at the rate that I was breaking and damaging them so tried to make my own. At that point I was making timber furniture and was interested to see if I could use timber to improve the strength of the boards.
Does the work get tedious at times? What do you enjoy most about the process?
It used to but I have good systems in place now and every board follows a well refined process that ensures consistency. My strength is developing these processes and I’m always looking for ways to produce a better product faster, whether that be lighter, stronger, more sustainable.
Tell me about having an asymmetrical board
I’ve never had or made one but they make sense to me as a goofy footer who only goes left. Our bodies aren’t symmetrical along the stringer of the board so why should our boards be? I’m really interested in Ryan Burch’s work
What shape have you been surfing on the most recently?
I’ve been working on a Mini Simmons board lately which I call The Stump and have been messing around with that a bit, got it pretty good now.
What/who would you say your main influence or inspiration is?
Yvon Chouinard from Patagonia
Favourite spot for a surf trip in NZ?
How’s that car coming along? Plans for the first trip?
Getting there, busy with board orders at the moment which take priority. Probably a few months away yet and nothing planned.
Anything we might not know / find surprising about the process?
I think the most interesting part about my process is that I flatten all the components of the board (core, rails and decks), and reintroduce the rocker in a reconfigurable mould when I glue them together. In contrast to PU [Polyurethane] boards that are cut from blanks that get sent around the world in 3D form. Most of my foam comes from local fish restaurants and cool stores.