Quest for the ‘green’ surfboard largely spiritual

An interesting, though fairly basic piece on attempts to develop a greener surfboard.  A few quotes:

“A green surfboard is inherently an oxymoron at this point,” said Mr Santley, 44, a surfboard shaper and entrepreneur. “Hopefully in the future it won’t be.”

That the appliance surfers use to tap this energy is made from petroleum-based foam, polyester resins and chemically treated fibreglass has long been surfing’s quiet contradiction. A broken board tossed into a landfill will take generations to break down; the plastic fins probably never will. Even the thin strip of wood that runs down the middle to provide strength comes at an environmental cost – a minuscule yield from the raw material it’s milled from.

You can find the story here.


About Cam Walker

I work with Friends of the Earth, and live in Castlemaine in Central Victoria, Australia. Activist, dad to Tali & Mia, mountain enthusiast, climber & would be telemark skier.
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