David Dennis was showing some of his photography for a fundraiser when he discovered the complexities of ocean conservation and how surfboards can be made more sustainably. Together with partner Martijn Stiphout, David runs Ventana Surfboards, maker of boards handcrafted from upcycled and reclaimed material. In this episode of Shopify Masters, you’ll hear how David Dennis balances his career at Microsoft while running Ventana Surfboards, the key components of running an impactful sustainable business, and how Instagram drives most of their sales.
For more on Ventana Surfboards and show notes: https://www.shopify.ca/blog/ventanasurfboards-instagram
Tune in to learn
• How to talk about your brand at a fair or trade show
• How to collaborate with artists to turn their audience in to your customers
• How they sold a $15,000 surfboard from a post on Instagram
Speaking of Shopify, did you know that Santa Cruz is home to one of the top Shopify Plus Web Design Agencies in the world? Check out the fine folks over at Sleepless Media and their treasure trove of Shopify work for local and national clients alike.”
Don’t forget to attend two super cool events Ventana Surfboards are a part of this Friday and Saturday ⬇︎
Epic Beer Collab with Humble Sea Brewery & Ventana Surfboards
Party at Humble Sea Brewing Company
Friday, December 13
820 Swift Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Ventana “Red Wine in a Hot Tub 6’0″ Hull” Surfboard Unveiling
Humble Sea Ventana Maple Pastry Stout Beer Release
Ser Winery Ventana Surfboard Syrah Wine Re-Release
From the Ventana newsletter:
This Friday, Humble Sea is releasing a mind-blowing, imperial stout with flavors of maple syrup, French toast, chocolate chips, vanilla, and heavy whipped cream in 22 oz. bottles! Our best buddies at Humble Sea thought up the Ventana Maple Dawn Patrol Pasty Stout (ABV 13%) after hearing how fired up we were about the new, 6’0” wooden board we’re creating with reclaimed, flamed maple across the deck.
We’ll be unveiling the surfboard, called the “Red Wine in a Hot Tub 6’0 Hull,” at the release party. It incorporates flame maple, a fin made of wine corks, and reclaimed redwood from a hot tub and from wine tanks. Ask us about special pricing for this board in honor of this epic collab!
We’ll also be releasing some super rad surf supplies we designed with the Humble Sea team, including Humble Sea Save-A-Surf Boxes and maple-scented surf wax! And, we’ll be selling some cool bottle openers made from Santa Cruz Guitar Co.wood offcuts along with reclaimed wood wine stoppers.
Ser Winery will be re-releasing the Ventana Surfboard Syrah at the event, too! .
The Humble Sea kitchen will be serving a French toast dinner with a Ventana Maple Dawn Patrol stout reduction syrup!
More info about Ventana events here: https://www.ventanasurfboards.com/pages/events