As surfers we have a direct connection to the ocean and can feel the impact of plastic pollution and climate change daily. The standard materials used in surfboard manufacturing paradoxically contribute to this.
Since the 1950s, when the first pioneers in California began experimenting with polyurethane foam, polyester resins and fiberglass, these materials have been the preferred choice of shapers and surfers for their surfboard. They are easy to work with and create a unique feeling when riding a wave.
However these materials are highly toxic (VOCs) ,non-recyclable and derived from virgin petrochemical sources that not only cause destruction to the environment but also pose a big environmental problem at the end of their life.
As surfers, we want to pursue this unique feeling, but in a more sustainable and conscious way.