As the weather warms up, people from all over the globe come to beaches for some very needed sand and sun, kicking off the surfing season this summer. Luxury surfboards are ideal for individuals who want to ride the waves with finesse. From the crowd favorite Dior surf design of Dior and Shawn Stussy to the Chanel ‘90s runway, high-fashion companies have turned to integrating sports equipment with design throughout the years. These boards are all for flair and performance, combining the finest standards of crafts with nouvelle artwork and branding logos. We have compiled a list of the greatest designers surfboards you can keep your eye on.
Linda Evangelista wore a skin-tight sequined jacket and fitted biker shorts in Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 1991 collection for Chanel. Her fashionable accessory included a matching surfboard completing the from-beach-to-the-city vibe on the runway.
For the 2013 Surf Shack capsule collection, Tommy Hilfiger introduced a line of limited-edition surfboards, partnering with diverse artists to produce one-of-a-kind board designs.
Constructed of gleaming glass and lacquered wood, Chanel kept things simple with the house’s emblem printed in the center of a glossy black surface on their surfboard collection. In the Chanel No. 5 campaign, directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2014, the board was showcased by Gisele Bunchden as she dove underwater on the board.
American designer Alexander Wang produced a series of five handcrafted surfboards during their collaboration with Australian label Haydenshapes. Their boards were first shown in 2014 at Wang’s Soho flagship showroom and were designed to look like marble and featured using digital silk printing.
During artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear Kim Jones’ stint, the designer arranged a Spring/Summer 2018 pop-up store with a graffiti-inspired and tropical themed surfboard at its centerpiece.
And lastly, Hermes’ signature intricate patters and luxurious accents were expertly applied to a high-end surfboard from the brand’s 2018 Fall/Winter collection. The floral pattern of the board was inspired by South African natural flowers as well as Zulu ceramics, and it was also treated with juniper and wax.