“The main goal, from day one, was to make the most responsive, lightweight, durable, high-performance longboard on the market.” – Ben Skinner
Skindog Surfboards was established in 2008 by Ben “Skindog” Skinner and Jason Gray after working together and with other master board builders for years.
For the first decade, Ben and Jason worked hard developing their brand in Europe, focused on creating the best longboards possible. After opening their own factory in 2015 to maximize quality and productivity, and further establishing Skindog as the leading longboard brand in the UK, they decided to share their high-performance ethos with the world. Collaborating with visionary innovator Yu Sumitomo, Skindog Surfboards combined Ben’s proven designs with Yu-san’s space-age Thunderbolt constructions to develop the most high-tech, high-performance longboards in existence.
Skindog Surfboards are crafted using proprietary technology that combines specifically engineered design elements with futuristic materials, producing longboards that lead the industry in performance, flex characteristics, strength, durability, and lightweight construction.
Drawing inspiration from shaping greats, Ben and Jason have built thousands of boards and developed a range of traditional and performance shapes that have kept Ben consistently in the top ASP/ WSL world rankings for years, including 2nd place in 2006 and 3rd in 2015.
In 2016, after riding his boards to 11 European titles and ranking in the top 10 on the World Longboard Tour for over a decade, Ben let fellow competitor Phil Razjman borrow a board at the World Longboard Championships in Hainan, China. Phil ended up surfing head-to-head against Ben in the quarterfinals and going on to win the world title on one of Ben’s personal boards.