World-class boards that won’t break the bank?

Hey, for a Legend, anything is possible.

Yes, we know. High quality. Affordable style. Sounds like a huge contradiction, but at Vanhunks, we’ve really set out to create quality, durable boards that can handle anything Nature might throw at them. What’s more, we’ve managed to design and developthese Legends right here in Cape Town to be well within reach of most watersports fans.

This explains our huge and growing fandom. Our supportive following motivates us even more to continue making legendary boards using the most advanced materials (such as incredibly high-tech composites) and the skills of a handful of the finest shapers in the industry.


Water runs in our veins

Our founder and eternal kite boarder, Cobus van Zyl (Hey, his name even means “waterway”) started surfing at age 6. He built his first surfboard at 9. That was in George, on the Garden Route, near that famous right point break of Vic Bay.

Here’s Cobus: “Early days of building kiteboards we knew nothing. This was thelate 90s. Rocker lines were all wrong. Heavy, thick, no flex. Complete disaster. Still, we had hours of fun on that banana board. Of course, over time we got clever. We put in the time and effort to understand core materials… curing… vacuum processes… molds and all of that.”

“Many years of learning later, we produced our first official Vanhunks Manakel Twin Tip Kiteboard. That very first Manakel is the one I still ride today. It’s been a great travel companion.”

Yep, with enough passion and heart and hard-headed dedication, anything is possible in the world of boardsports.

Even something as contradictory as “quality boards that are affordable”.

After all, isn’t the whole boardsport experience itself a bit of a contradiction –a blend of meditative calm, swirled in with a surge of stoke and a rush of adrenalin?



Our name is a Legend

Vanhunks. A.K.A. Van Hunks. Dutch pirate and explorer extraordinaire. Legend has it he retired to the Cape of Good Hope near the tip of Africa to smoke his days away. His favorite spot for a pipe? Right alongside Table Mountain, on the hill now known as Devil’s Peak, for that is where old Van Hunk had an encounter with a stranger dressed in a black coat and wide-brimmed hat.

It was a duel. A challenge to see who could smoke the other into a stupor. Well, everyone knew that no one could outsmoke old Van H.

But the Devil, he tried. He tried with all his might to puff and drag his opponent to waste. But Van Hunks beat the Devil that day. And the Devil was a devilishly bad loser. Losing made him furious. So he summoned up tremendous thunderbolts and frightening lightning and drove Van Hunks off into the tempestuous sunset.

Old VH was never seen again.

But Van Hunks’ clouds return to that mountain every now and again. And his legend lives on. And in quite a poignant way, it lives on in what we do. His competitive spirit, and his pursuit of victory over the elements, and triumph over challenges – those qualities drive what we do at Vanhunks Boarding every day.

Like our namesake, we don’t take anything lying down. In fact, we prefer standing up on a SUP or a Twin Tip, ripping through the sky.

We want you to Live Your Legend. It’s what we do, and we seriously recommend it.


Get a Vanhunks. Get out more.

At Vanhunks, we’re all about active lifestyles, extreme sports and having fun doing them well.

We’re a proudly South African brand. Our amazing country has beautiful beaches and bodies of water that inspire us. They stir us to design and create kiteboards, kayaks, SUPs and surfboards that enablemore people to get out there and experience a special kind of freedom.

We build our boards to outlast fads and retain their value. We craft them tough to serve for a lifetime and be more than a match for Mother Nature.

We’re mindful about growing a sustainable business in a sustainable environment. This means taking care of our workplace and employees as much as caring for our playground, which is Nature.

Most importantly, we believe that anyone – from novice or weekend warrior to pro – has the potential to become a Legend in his or her own way.

Just get out there and live it!


It’s tough being a Legend

We’re obsessed with boards that can stand up against the fiercest waves and harshest conditions out there. We strive for perfection, longevity and products that maintain their value. This can be pretty tough, as you probably know. Which is why we do what we do.

Superior products for serious water lovers, our boards are designed, developed and tested right here in Cape Town. A mere wisp away from Devil’s Peak.