WHALEBACK is a family brand, created by the Caporaso family, a family with an expertise in the development of high performance resins, a passion for an active and adventurous lifestyle, and an appreciation of the entrepreneurial spirit.
In 1959, the Caporaso family founded ABATRON, Inc., a company specializing in the research, formulation, and manufacture of epoxy and related compounds. ABATRON initially served the OEM market, developing compounds for electronics, adhesives, coatings, composites, molds, and castings, until the early 1980s, when the company expanded and began to fill the demand for high-quality building and restoration products. While ABATRON has continued to grow and has become one of the leading companies in its industry over the last several decades, the Caporaso family was not content to stop there.
In 2012, the family’s creativity and thirst for innovation drove them to begin experimenting with the creation and development of new high performance composite resins systems. In 2013, the family founded SURFIS, Inc., a unique group of chemists and designers who consult on and design composite resins for a broad range of industries. Years earlier, Marco Caporaso had visited Key West, Florida, and had tried paddleboarding for the first time. The idea of getting a full-body workout while gliding tranquilly along the surface of the water, as well as the idea that paddleboarding could be a means of transportation in addition to a source of fun and adventure appealed to Marco. It resonated so deeply that, years later, he began looking for a way to integrate this hobby with his work, and decided to start building boards. He began by experimenting with existing SURFIS products, and after months of research, trial, and testing, SURFIS developed resins specifically for the creation of stand up paddle and surf boards. Using newly formulated SURFIS resin compounds, along with a unique production process, Marco turned his hobby into a brand.
In 2014, SURFIS, Inc. launched WHALEBACK, an innovative brand of standup paddleboards, developed using state of the art materials and cutting edge technology. WHALEBACK boards are developed and manufactured exclusively in the United States.