“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.
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