Donny Brink – Part 2

January 16, 2017

Part 2 of our conversation with surfboard maker, Donny Brink, takes us down several paths. We start out learning about the business side of Brink Surf and how surfboards are made. Materials, the process, the technology (and sometimes lack there of), and the creative eye that goes into making asymmetric surfboards. Donny shares his life philosophy and some of the things that influence his life and work. There’s a lot of links in the notes below so check it out!

Donny Brinks journey began where he was born, in South Africa. His mother was a teacher and his father sold electron microscopes so naturally, he became a surfer. It wasn’t until a trip to the US while touring with his Christian rock band that he really decided to make a go at making surfboards. After meeting his would-be wife at a friends wedding in California Donny embarked on a journey that is best told by the man himself.

This episode takes a different direction than we normally do in that surfboard making is more an art than a job in manufacturing. There are some amazing parallels though, and Donny shares with us what it takes to craft something so beautiful and so effective on the water. It really truly is… advanced.

Aside from his craft Donny is an artist and as you can tell from our conversation that he has a solid life philosophy and cares deeply for his family, his faith, and his work. He believes that running a business in this country is an honor.

I hope that you enjoy this 2 part series with Donny Brink of Brink Surf.


Friar Richard Rohr:

Brink Surf on Instagram:

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes –

The RobCast with Rob Bell –

Visual Surf –

To reach out to Donny directly you can email him at:

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