Thursday, February 16, 2012
Coco Mat Surf Board
We always had a hard time reconciling the save the planet culture of surfing with the one tool they use; the surf board. The most popular materials for a surfboard starting at the inside out is expanded polystyrene foam, fiberglass cloth, and epoxy resin. To be sure, these three items, especially the core of EPS foam, are some of the least environmentally friendly products on the planet. Fortunately...it's that keep the ocean clean ethos that's the driving force behind the above innovation. The tech employs coconut husk fibres, a previously throw away material, which reduces both board weight and the amount of harmful chemicals used in the production. While not being entirely green, it's a step in the right direction. On average, the boards are 3 - 4 pounds lighter, making them very fast as well, and despite this weight saving their strength to weight ratio makes them some of the strongest boards available. You can learn more here.