Trekking: Skate meets surf with Iris’ handmade surf boards

Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.

Surfers likely spawned skateboarding in their downtime — well, at least as far as we know. They outfitted your traditional 2 x 4 with roller-skate wheels, allowing them to weave in and out of the streets when there were no waves to speak of. The niche sport quickly evolved to become the polyurethane-abetted beast it is today, with well-known professionals such as Tony Hawk still at the forefront. And Iris surf boards, though more apt for H2O than concrete, help pay tribute to that ancestry.

Related: Yes, these guitars are made from recycled skateboard decks

Iris surf boardThe one-of-a-kind surf boards, available in melange of shapes and sizes custom built to your specifications, utilize an EPS recycled foam core, along with a unique veneer made of recycled skateboard decks. The latter is coated with a simple bio-based resin known as Entropy Super Sap CLR, which helps protect the board from abrasive salt water and adds to its durability on and off the water. The modest San Francisco-based company handshapes the boards based upon your individual riding style and preference, too, and such being the case, each showcases a different pattern and color combination that’s just as likely to draw as many eyes while on the water as leaning against the backside of your porch. Just don’t forget to wax — balancing is hard enough as is.

Check out Iris online to place your order, or email george@irisskateboards.com for more information regarding the comapny’s custom skatedecks and surfboards.

Outdoors

From the Office to the Trail, Here’s the Best Dual-Purpose Work Gear

Suits are tough to hike in and fast-drying nylon hiking pants don’t usually fly at the office. So what do you wear to be ready for a day of work, adventure, and a dinner out?
Fashion & Style

What to Wear for Thanksgiving This Year

For the guy who's getting ready for turkey dinners, backyard football, and pumpkin pie.
Travel

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

We've got tips for everything from navigating your way around the country to what kinds of food to expect.
Podcast

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Leather-Working Episode

Levi Martinez of Orox Leather educates us on the basics of leather-working, tips for spotting quality leather, and how to keep good leather looking great.
Living

Find Perfect Harmony Between Architecture and Nature at Amangiri Resort

This secluded desert getaway is helping to reshape the idea of what Southwestern style can be.
Living

How to Clean Your House or Apartment in 30 Minutes or Less

This isn’t a deep clean. It’s an, “Oh shit, I really should have done something earlier and now it’s gonna take a miracle to do this” clean.
Living

Baby on the Way? Here’s How to Support Your Pregnant Wife

Pregnancy requires you to get proactive, pal. She’s driving the car, but you are the entire pit crew.
Living

Dive In (Literally) to This Minimalist Lakeside Retreat in the Netherlands

Once the walls open up, you can dive right into the water from the living room.
Living

An Old Garage Is Transformed Into an Artist’s Home and Studio in San Francisco

Yes, that's a red Fiat hanging from the ceiling.
Living

From Milan to Mars, Architect Stefano Boeri is Creating Vertical Forests

A combination of housing shortages and climate change led to the creation of Vertical Forests which blend housing and landscaping into one amazing building.
Living

What’s a Salt Cave and Why Are They So Damned Relaxing?

Experiencing Halotherapy in a salt cave can be pure relaxation or relaxing purification depending on how you look at it.
Food & Drink

Say No to Disposables with All the Best Reusable Lunch Gear for Guys

From straws to cutlery to sandwich bags, there's a reusable option for everything that comes with a traditional takeout lunch.
Living

Heat Up Your Digs with One of Our Picks for the Best Space Heaters

Admit it, you need a little extra warmth this winter.
Living

5 Seriously Stylish Dog Houses to Pamper Your Puppers

There will be no question about who’s a good boy when you get Fido one of these amazing dog houses.