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Endless Sustainable Summer

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Let’s Go Surfin Now, Everybody’s Learnin How ….

It has been a while since I have been surfing and probably will not be surfing anytime soon. So, I was just kinda taking a look around to see if there are any improvements in this fun sport! Well, I was surprised to see that there was. In the past, surfboards have been made with wood, stryofoam, resins, etc. Today, the makers of surfboards are using recyclable and sustainable materials, such as:

– Reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood
– Cork – a renewable resource
– EPS foam – a recyclable surfboard foam
– Epoxy – which emits very low VOCs (volatile Organic compounds) and does not require solvents for clean up.

For centuries surfboards were made out of wood. Not exactly sustainable, but not the worst either. Then in the 1950’s the advance of fiberglass and polystyrene foam (also known as styrofoam) blew the industry out of the water, as wood was quickly being replaced by the lighter, cheaper, envoronmentally toxic materials for the sake of time and money.

Granted, the industry went wayward for a variety of reasons. Surfers like the lighter surf board for the speed and of course, the colors that could be done to them! Ah, the memories of being a beach bum hippie come flooding back.

Now that there is a ground swell of going green, the surfing industry is really making some big progress.

surfboardSome of the new boards use approximately one half the fiberglass of a conventional surfboard, and is far stronger due to the impact strength of the sandwich construction.

Almost all of the boards being built today use glues, fiberglass, epoxy and other non-renewable elements.

Some green boards claim sustainable use of bamboo, which often has to be shipped from afar. There are a number of fine hollow wood surfboard builders around the world, and all of them seem to use at least a resin coating, and most also use carbon fiber and/or fiberglass cloth or some other structural skin as well.

Each surfboard has a lifespan far longer than a conventional surfboard because the wood does not fatigue and break down the way foam can. The end result is a beautiful, strong, high performance surfboard that lasts longer than conventional boards and as a reduced environmental impact.

One surf board manufacturer, Grain Surfboard, brag about their boards being fully structural before they glass them. The board will never show pressure dings, does not stress-crack and will last for years to come. Their boards are made of wood and on the outside they use a zero-VOC epoxy, glass or bamboo cloth, and a high gloss UV coating to the protect the board for years to come.

surfer-girlAnother company, Ocean Green EcoFoil Surfboards, harvest balsa wood from sustainable forests in Nicaragua to create their hollow blanks—to keep them light and performance-driven, that are then sealed with 100% organic hemp or cotton skin.

Last but not least, there is a new injection technology used by Ocean X Technologies that claims all materials used are recycled.

I know that there are several more out there that are changing their practices but let’s not forget that all of the other things associated with surfing are changing as well. Wax, suits, wetsuits, etc are all changing. This is just way cool!

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  1. mannoy Says:

    hi. nice post. thanks
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  2. William Says:

    Hi Linda, it’s my first time at forcedgreen. I found your website is very nice and well written with many good environment related articles! I will visit your website more often in the near future. Keep up the good work…
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  3. harry seenthing Says:

    i like surf… bali
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  4. corrin Says:

    Oh I think it would be super fun to learn how to surf! As long as I can keep my mind off the sharks.
    .-= corrin´s last blog ..Lowly Apartment Dwellers =-.

  5. Barbara Says:

    Wonderful information for “green” fun in the surf!
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Jellyfish Plug-in Windpower =-.

  6. HiTechno Corner Says:

    cool stuff…i like to surf too 🙂
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  7. cady Says:

    i’ve never tried surfing before, but i think it would be a lot of fun.
    .-= cady´s last blog ..17 Weeks =-.

  8. Karen Says:

    Is it hard to learn how to surf? I love swimming in the ocean, as long as I am not too far out.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Hands Free =-.

  9. Joost Hoogstrate Says:

    Hi that nice to know. Surf boards made from recycled stuff. That sure makes fun recyclable. It’s good that all facets of our life become more eco friendly. also announces that starting from our homes, our work place and even the way we have entertainment, all need to become green. That’ll be the day…

    Hope for it!
    Joost Hoogstrate

  10. Lynn Says:

    Always good to read how different industries are going green and recycling.
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..Sunblock =-.

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