The Next Big Wave


Surfers may seem like free-spirited nature lovers, but they’re now facing the consequences of their sport’s negative environmental impact.


By Lisa Stasiulewicz



Regardless of the industry’s motivation, the push for a greener sport will force surfers to practice the eco-conscious values they may have been preaching to others. And the impact of developing more eco-friendly materials could expand well beyond the world of surfing. “There is definitely a market among many industries to develop a greener foam,” says Jay Bolus, vice president of technical operations for MBDC, a sustainable product and process design company. “The quantum leap we’re all looking for is a new class of materials that will be 100 percent bio-based or easily recyclable.”

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I bought my first board 41 years ago. It was a nine something Harbour. Heavy, difficult to carry along and not very easy to manoeuver. It cost me 120 bucks.Now, thanks to new materials surfboards are light weight, easy to carry anywhere, fast and very easy to ride.
The price: 500 dollars and up. How much are we going to pay for new boards just because they are "green"? Everybody is jumping on the "green" wagon because it is profitable not because you are doing something to protect our Mother Earth. So, where does this winding road end? Be honest.

Youve got to be kidding me!! 4,000 LBS of styrene a year? The California DOT and municipalities release that on one pipe relining project! The Clean Water Funds support these projects to coat the pipes with thermoset polyester and vinyl-ester resins (40-60% styrene). Underground conditions: leaks,cool temperatures and poor contractor practices fail to cure the laminates fully. Fish kills, home and business evacuations fail to be penalized and current technologies are not used to save a penny, no testing is required to monitor the use of materials and processes. After all, is the DEP or EPA going to fine themselves? A classic example of going after the little guy. See searches for styrene spills, fish kills, pipe relining, trenchless projects. The companies use more than 78 million pounds of resin a year, 31 million pounds are styrene or 310,000 pounds of releases. Why worry about the 4,000 pounds a year from surfboards? If styrene fumes enter a home or business, they will blame it on faulty plumbing or the p-trap was empty. DUH, what is the reason they are fixing the pipe in the first place.

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