Stab Magazine | This Company is Heli-Lifting 'Surf Huts' to Remote Surfing Destinations

Live Now: How Surfers Get Paid — The Queens of Ascension

5 Views

This Company is Heli-Lifting ‘Surf Huts’ to Remote Surfing Destinations

They’re pretty cheap, too.

news // Sep 29, 2017
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Friends, I need your help. Recently I stumbled across something interesting, if only quasi-related to surfing, and I can’t decide if I hate or rate it. They’re called ‘surf huts’ and please let me explain. 

‘Surf huts’ are made by a newly formed Backcountry Hut Companywhich is really a mouthful but let’s not give up on them yet. BHC is founded by Wilson Edgar, a Canadian man who’s made his marbles in business development. While leading the (Vancouver) B.C. Mountaineering Club, Wilson was approached by a fellow mounty who said, “Wouldn’t it be great if someone made a package where you could buy a hut at a fixed price, and it was already predesigned, pre-enigineered, and easy for a group of volunteers to assemble?”

And just like that, Wilson had an idea. What if he made a package where you could buy a hut at a fixed price, and it was already predesigned, pre-engineered, and easy for a group of volunteers to assemble? Slightly more complicated than Ikea furniture, but less complicated than a jigsaw puzzle. Genius! 

Over the next couple years, Wilson researched the market to figure out if comparable services already existed, and what he could do to improve their business models. Over time he assembled a team, including his business partner, who is an architect by trade(Michael Leckie), and a manufacturer (Cyrill Werlen), and together they designed ‘hut’ prototypes. Initially, these huts were intended for mountaineers in the Pacific Northwest, but through talking with Leckie, who is himself an avid waverider, Wilson began to recognize another potential market demo: surfers.

15 June 2017 SurfShack Exterior Back

Surfin’ in the morning, killin’ deer by noon. It’s Matt Meola’s fairyland!

The surfer’s dream is, roughly, this: make enough money (through nonintensive means) to feed yourself, your family, and your ceaseless addiction to waveriding. Retire around…eh, 45, and move somewhere warm, uncrowded, with a world-class wave out front. Kill fish, chop coconuts, get tubed, be merry. 

Wilson Edgar might have just made this fantasy more plausible.

His newly coined ‘surf huts’ (seen above) have a starting price of $45,000, the supplies of which can be heli-lifted just about anywhere*. Once the supplies have been delivered, Wilson says the huts can be fully assembled within four days, with the help of four strong individuals and BHC’s step-by-step instructions. It’s basically adult Legos, but the end product is surprisingly attractive and sturdy. The huts can house between 2-24 people, depending on how many modules you choose to buy.

Some of the downsides include: an exhausting permitting process (which BHC helps its consumers to navigate), connection to water and electricity grids (this varies location by location, with more remote places being increasingly difficult to connect), and the fact that they haven’t yet had a customer build one of their huts (which relates back to the permitting thing, plus the fact they’ve been in business for less than a year). Still, Wilson assures me there is significant interest in his project.

13. Hut underconstruction from the side

Surf hut, incoming!

After writing all that out, the concept actually seems brilliant, which makes me inclined to rate it. If they’ve made a truly functional, easily assembled hut starting below 50k, and it can be heli-lifted to remote locations around the world, I don’t see why people with a little bit of money wouldn’t jump on that.

I’ve got a buddy in Fiji who did this very thing on his own accord. He paid 30k for the land and 70 for the house — a two-story, but quaint, coastal shack — which means he could have saved a little money and a lotta hassle had ‘surf huts’ existed at the time. It seems like a no-brainer. 

But am I wrong? Is there something sleazy about these ‘surf huts’ that my innocent eyes have failed to perceive? 

Tell me, friends: Do you hate it or rate it?

*…in the continental US or Canada. Wilson is working on expanding his business to Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, and he’s been fielding calls from more exotic locales like Fiji, Costa Rica, and so forth. 

 

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Top Two Women Axed Early, Three Join The 9+ Club, Kelly Reveals Reptile-Inspired Baby Name

Hint: it rhymes with Slater and could eat you (or a zebra).

May 26, 2024

The Stab Interview: 5x CT Winner, Budding Entrepreneur, And Stab High Invitee Julian Wilson

If you never retire, you can't call it a comeback.

May 25, 2024

The Best Surfing I’ve Ever Seen: Lachlan Mckinnon

How often does a filmer pay for the surfer's plane ticket?

May 25, 2024

Hurley Can Now Legally Rent A Car

A quarter-century in the surf game is no small feat.

May 24, 2024

Airs On Trees: Bosiny Cracked The High-Performance Wood Surfboard Code 

Feat. Paulownia wood reinforced with Kevlar, these boards are as light as PU and loaded with spring. 

May 23, 2024

What’s In A Wedge?

Enjoyable water movement, explained by an expert.

May 23, 2024

Watch: Tosh Tudor In ‘Tube Therapy’

The 19-year old offers prescriptive insights into Desert Point karma, backside tube poise, and Off-The-Wall…

May 23, 2024

Swell’s En Route, Slater’s Involved, Here Comes Teahupo’o… 

A Tahiti Pro preview.

May 22, 2024

Can Medina Overcome His CT Drought In Tahiti?

Tahurai Henry offers his picks for the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro

May 21, 2024

The 35 Best Song Pairings In Surf Films, As Ranked By Dane Reynolds, Taylor Steele & You

From Noa Deane and Courtney Love, to Andy Irons and Coldplay, to Creed McTaggart and…

May 20, 2024

Is This The Most Cost Efficient Way To Noticeably Improve Your Surfing In A Single Month?

All you can eat for $1500 AUD at URBNSURF Melbourne.

May 20, 2024

Watch And Learn: How To Score A Solo Sesh At 8-Foot Teahupo’o With Leonardo Fioravanti

Skip lunch and gorge.

May 19, 2024

Full Frame: The Story Behind The Photo You’ve Seen 1,000 Times

A viral ménage à trois in Bali.

May 18, 2024

Meet The Man Who Runs Kelly Slater’s Burgeoning Surf Empire

The Stab Interview with Dylan Slater. 

May 18, 2024

How Surfers Get Paid: Season 2, Episode 4

80+ interviews later, it's time to "send out the chicks".

May 17, 2024

How To Get To Stab High Japan

BYO ligaments. 

May 16, 2024

CT Earlybirds, Tahitian Warlords, And Aspirational Teenagers Divide Spoils From “11 out of 10” Teahupo’o Blob

Eimeo Czermak, Balaram Stack, Liam O'Brien, Cannon Carr, and Ryan Miller divulge tales from the…

May 16, 2024

The Lefts Off The Rights

Detailing the goofy-footed proclivity to go against the grain.

May 15, 2024
Advertisement