Founder, Ryan Hervé has been shaping surfboards since 1995. At just the age of fifteen, he first picked up a planer to shape a board. Learning his skills in shaping the old school way, before CAD software and CNC machines were widely used.
He started the surfboard company Nutz Surfboards in 1999, building the boards he wanted to ride, then went onto work on some the best high performance shapers boards in the world. Al Merrick, JS, DHD to name a few.
But in 2009 after building 18 boards in just 11 days on his own, he realised the irony of what he was doing, his life was all about extremes, he was too busy to live the lifestyle he really wanted. The whole point was to make boards so he could surf. So he shifted to a simpler way of working, focusing on flow & balance, taking the time to grow organically, to surf, to hang out with his family, and to let his passion for building boards really shine through.
During the years building boards under Nutz, Ryan was firmly focused on high-performance surfboards, however, he always respected the work that goes into traditional surfboards with resin tints and polished finishes, It was something he had aspired to and always wanted to "one day" reach that level of detail in his own boards.
He then decided to take a new route and start a separate surfboard label, this time under his family name Hervé. In fact, the very first surfboards that Ryan made in 1995 had a Hervé logo drawn on, so it felt only natural to take this route forward. It was an instant hit, and Ryan started to appreciate building Hervé Surfboards more than he did with Nutz.
2019 marked the twentieth year for Ryan being a full-time surfboard manufacturer. This worthy period of time would express he's passed the apprenticeship needed for a master surfboard builder, and is fully qualified to make you any board you could want. A board that he’d proudly put his name too.
There’s no such thing as cutting corners when making the perfect board.
The way the factory is run is a reflection of the board that is made. We take care of each other & are committed to a structured process that enables flow.
True workmanship. We share the process, design the board together, and give you a tour of the factory.
Being mindful & empathetic. Speaking kindly of others.
We’re a family run business. We’ve created a welcoming, fair & caring culture. We treat each other equally. There’s not one stage of the board building process that is more important than another.
We’re approachable. We listen to what you want and apply our skills to your needs.
We’ve been taught by the best and share our wealth of knowledge with our team. We’re proud of what we do & are passionate about our ‘always learning’ culture.
We’re committed to using the best materials & the best technology. We care deeply about durability, performance & aesthetics. You can always trust our workmanship & our materials.
Everything in its place. Constant flow — nothing to worry about.
We know that great systems mean great flow. We’re stoked on the work we do and love the synergy that our team creates.
Ordering a board is simple. We provide payment options. The board gets delivered on time. We know how eager you are to get your new board, and we make it easy.
Education. Knowledge. Wisdom.
Our role is to pass on the experience we’ve had. To share everything we’ve learned from the legends of our industry.
Ryan has worked alongside the very best shapers in the world. Those experiences are an integral part of every board we make.
Our focus is to personally equip surfers, whatever their ambition, to experience the joy of surfing at its purest. To build long term relationships with our customers. Sharing our knowledge with surfers so that together we can design the board that will be the most fun to ride.
We know that riding a board you love changes your whole surf and we want to build that board for you. We’re committed to using the very best materials & technology to make our boards.
All our surfboards are designed and built to improve the surfing experience as much as possible and with as little impact on the environment as possible.
We’re proud to be joined with Sustainable Surf on the ECOBOARD project, using plant-based low-VOC resin and recyclable foam cores Verified by Sustainable Surf. Not only do these new materials improve worker health and safety, but they also improve the boards' performance and durability.
We’re never going to have a huge warehouse with hundreds of boards. Instead, we invite you to come to spend time with us at the factory to learn and to watch the process of your board being made.