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About Vanhunks

Who is Vanhunks?

Vanhunks Boarding is a leading manufacturer of premium water sports equipment, specializing in stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, and outdoor accessories.

Founded in 2008 by Cobus van Zyl, the company is dedicated to providing high-quality products that embody innovation, performance, and sustainability. With a global presence and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Vanhunks Boarding continues to redefine the standards of excellence in the outdoor recreation industry.















The Ledgend of Vanhunks

The Ledgend of Vanhunks

Embark on an adventure of innovation with Cobus van Zyl, the dynamic force behind Vanhunks Boarding.

Owner & Founder, Vanhunks Boarding

Cobus van Zyl

Cobus van Zyl is a dynamic entrepreneur and water sports enthusiast who has made a significant impact in the outdoor recreation industry. As the founder and owner of Vanhunks Boarding, Cobus has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation, earning him recognition as a trailblazer in the field.

With a background in business and a passion for adventure, Cobus embarked on a journey to combine his technical expertise with his love for the ocean. In 2009, he founded Vanhunks Boarding with a vision to design and produce top-quality water sports equipment that would push the boundaries of performance and durability.

Under Cobus's leadership, Vanhunks Boarding has experienced remarkable growth and success, becoming a global leader in the industry. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has earned the company a reputation for delivering premium products that meet the diverse needs of water sports enthusiasts worldwide.

In addition to his role at Vanhunks, Cobus is actively involved in promoting sustainability and environmental conservation within the industry. He is a firm believer in the importance of preserving natural habitats and minimizing the ecological footprint of outdoor recreation activities.

Cobus's dedication to innovation, sustainability, and community engagement has not only propelled Vanhunks Boarding to new heights but has also inspired others to embrace their passion for the outdoors and make a positive impact on the world around them.

  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2024
a Ledgend was Born

Cobus van Zyl establishes the Vanhunks Brand in Cape Town, South Africa, driven by a vision to revolutionise the water sports industry.

Initial Growth, Development, Testing and Production

Vanhunks experiences rapid growth, gaining recognition as a leading manufacturer of stand-up paddleboards and surfboards in the South African market.

Expansion and International Debut

Vanhunks expands its product line to encompass a diverse range of water sports equipment, including kayaks, accessories, and apparel. The company makes its international debut, exporting products to Europe, North America, Australia, India and beyond.

Record-Breaking Sponsorship

The company expands its product range to cater to a broader spectrum of water sports enthusiasts, from beginners to professionals. Vanhunks actively engages with the water sports community, sponsoring events and initiatives to promote the sport and connect with enthusiasts globally.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, announced today that Guinness World Records™ have officially verified that a new record was indeed set by the 415 kitesurfers who took part in the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada in Cape Town on 30 January 2016.

Innovation and Global Presence

Vanhunks showcases its commitment to innovation by introducing cutting-edge designs and technologies to enhance product performance and durability. The company gains global recognition by exhibiting at Surf Expo in Florida for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018), showcasing its latest offerings to a worldwide audience. During this time appointing a USA distributor for the North Americas.

Global Recognition and Digital Transformation

Vanhunks consolidates its position as a global leader in the water sports industry, earning acclaim for its innovation, quality, and sustainability efforts. The company embraces digital technologies to enhance its online presence, leveraging e-commerce platforms and social media channels to engage with customers worldwide.

Future Outlook: Vanhunks continues to explore opportunities for growth and expansion, striving to inspire more individuals to embrace the thrill of water sports and outdoor adventures while maintaining its commitment to excellence and sustainability.