DaSilva Board Company has made a name for themselves throughout Israel and the rest of the world. These guys are all about the fun factor and live by the mentality that if it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing. We were lucky enough to sit down and chat with these dudes and pick their brain a bit. Here's what they had to say.
How when and where did you guys start?
- We started a little over a year ago, when we were still in school for Industrial design here in Israel.
We've always been skating and surfing and we were looking to create something for fun, for ourselves, and not for school or work like we've been doing for the past few years..
Ben's brother had a birthday coming up and we thought that was good opportunity to do that - so we made him a board as a gift.
That board came out pretty decent (we still ride it today) and we had some materials left, so we made a couple more for ourselves.. friends rode them and asked for boards as well, then friend's friends, then random people that we didn't know started asking - and DaSilva Board Co. was born.
- Being outdoors, riding a board - no matter if it's on pavement, snow or a wave - is the most pure form of fun we know... and that's really what we're all about - having as much fun as possible, and bringing that joy to as many people as we can.
We do what we love every single day, and work very hard at keeping it this way. We create everything 100% by hand, each and every board gets all of our attention, love and enthusiasm and we hope it shows in the final product.
- We don't have a pro team, the scene in Israel is really small and there's very few people who can qualify as pros.. we do however work closely with a few surf and skate schools and clubs around here, doing demos, guiding and helping out the groms with some equipment.
Some of these young chargers are working hard and getting better and better every day, and we believe it won't be too long before a couple of those kids grow to be pros.
One kid to watch in the next few years is Ido Carmi.He absolutely kills it on any kind of board and any type of terrain - we expect big things from him in years to come.
What does the future hold for the buisness? Do you guys have any plans that we should keep an eye out for?
- DaSilva had been growing rapidly in the last few months, and we're now starting to look across the water and put more focus on the international scene. We plan to do some traveling, hit a few shows and conventions and go ride with some crews around the world.
Locally, we'll continue to push board sports in Israel further by organizing sessions, slide jams and BBQ's and get more kids (and adults) involved.