About

Adam Davenport’s first surfing experience was at the age of five; clutching his father’s back in the Hermosa Beach shore break. In the fourth grade Davenport was handed his father’s coveted 8’8″ pintail and dropped off at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach. At 14, Davenport saved enough money to purchase a 9’6″ E.T. Longboard. It’s from this moment that Davenport’s passion for classic longboard surfing began. Davenport attended college at California Lutheran University, just miles from the famed point breaks of Mailbu, Rincon and C-Street. Davenport perfected his style while managing to be an All-Conference offensive tackle, win three game balls, become team captain and graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in history.

After attending law school, Adam returned to the South Bay and coached the Mira Costa football team. As he contemplated his next step, Davenport became the student of shaping legends Brian Hilbers, Scott Anderson, Mike Geib and Tyler Hatzikian. Today, Davenport Surfboards prides itself on carrying on the principles taught to Adam by his mentors. Davenport Surfboards are made with great craftsmanship from the highest quality U.S. made materials in order to obtain the best performance possible. Davenport Surfboards is continually striving to keep clients stoked and passionate about surfing.  

Why we Keep it local

Materials are sourced from local suppliers and our fins are handmade domestically by master craftsman Brad Heath of Sunrise Boardworks. We shape and glass our boards in our factory in Ventura, CA. Keeping the entire manufacturing process under one roof allows us to maintain the highest quality in all steps of the process.

We don’t want to make the most boards in the business, just the ones that work.

A Word on Materials

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In the constant chase for increased craftsmanship, it's easy to get tangled in the weeds of design. But sometimes you have to look up from the planer and consider the other elements that go into a handcrafted board and look at the basic materials.

Classic weight foam has been part of the game for us since day one. But what about resin?  Why not go full-tilt surf nerd and use the same resin as those boards from the Golden Era of surfing?

After searching and testing several batches in the glassing room and out in the water it's been decided, all boards built in the Davenport factory will be built using isophthalic resin. Iso-what, you ask?

Isophthalic resin offers more strength and flexibility than the polyester resins conventionally used for surfboard laminations. Tests show 10% higher flex and 20% higher tensile than the resins that are currently considered the industry standard. It's what gives your boards that pop off the turns that will last for years to come. The short answer is, it's higher quality, and that's what we're about.

The Process

Davenport Surfboards specializes in making boards custom from foam to finish each individual. Your board order will include a color tint your choice and a fin that is paired to the model that you order. We don’t want to up-sell you with add-ons when you pick up your board.

When you order a board, designs are modified to best serve the individual customer’s needs, surfing ability and local surf break. Let us know where you want to go with your surfing.

Team

Nick Eliopoulos ||    @shredular_dystrophy    Hailing from San Diego, you can find Nick surfing around Oceanside, working on cars and grading papers.

Nick Eliopoulos || @shredular_dystrophy

Hailing from San Diego, you can find Nick surfing around Oceanside, working on cars and grading papers.

Shawn O'Brien ||    @shawn0brien    The Pastor of Shred. Spreading spray and blessings around the points of Southern California.

Shawn O'Brien || @shawn0brien

The Pastor of Shred. Spreading spray and blessings around the points of Southern California.

Tyler Critelli ||    @tcrit    South Bay surfer and all-around good guy, Tyler enjoys noseriding, tap dancing, and sipping white zinfandel.

Tyler Critelli || @tcrit

South Bay surfer and all-around good guy, Tyler enjoys noseriding, tap dancing, and sipping white zinfandel.

Eddie Solt ||    @hotdoggerchampionship    Straight outta Torrance. Writer, creator, knee dropper, and contest director of the Hotdogger Championship.

Eddie Solt || @hotdoggerchampionship

Straight outta Torrance. Writer, creator, knee dropper, and contest director of the Hotdogger Championship.

Luke Marshall ||    @lukemarshall23    A tall, lanky figure, Luke commands a heavy single fin with more power than most without sacrificing style.

Luke Marshall || @lukemarshall23

A tall, lanky figure, Luke commands a heavy single fin with more power than most without sacrificing style.

Tatsuo Takei ||    @tatsuo_takei    A master photographer with refined classic style behind and in front of the lens. He's been livin' the van life since hashtags were called pound signs.

Tatsuo Takei || @tatsuo_takei

A master photographer with refined classic style behind and in front of the lens. He's been livin' the van life since hashtags were called pound signs.

Chaz Olloqui ||    @chazardous    Chaz has a great affinity for Oceanside barrels and going fast. His surfing is reflexive, quick, and makes good use of the rail.

Chaz Olloqui || @chazardous

Chaz has a great affinity for Oceanside barrels and going fast. His surfing is reflexive, quick, and makes good use of the rail.

Matt Sagraves ||    @elseagraves    A Goleta native and L.A. County firefighter, Matt is a smooth goofy footer with an immense love for tacos and the 805.

Matt Sagraves || @elseagraves

A Goleta native and L.A. County firefighter, Matt is a smooth goofy footer with an immense love for tacos and the 805.

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