One of Appomattox River Company's stand up paddleboard companies is Surftech, founded in 1989 by Randy French.
Randy's background as a surfboard shaper and a pioneer in the windsurf industry drove him to experiment with different materials in an effort to make his boards lighter and stronger. His involvement with sailboards resulted in major technological breakthroughs in composite board construction. In turn his company soon became a mass production operation, producing hundreds of identical sailboard models and shipping them to windsurf shops around the world. At the end of the 80s, the windsurf market was fading and all but disappeared in the early to mid 90s. In 1989, Randy took what he had learned designing sailboards and applied it to his first love, surfboards, and eventually to stand up paddleboards.
The two most important aspects of a board are the design and the materials/construction. This principle led to the launch of Surftech almost 20 years ago. Since then, their company has established itself as the premier manufacturer of surf and paddle related products. Surftech's sandwich constructions combined with cutting edge designs continue to be the definitive choice of athletes looking for the ultimate combination of performance and durability.