Monday, April 1, 2013
Firewire Technograin Surfboards
It has always struck us as odd that for a bunch of save-the-ocean types, surfers put up with a truly environmentally devastating process to have their quivers made. The process is so bad, so heavily regulated by government agencies, that industry stalwart and number one surfboard blank supplier Clark Foam just up and shut its doors in 2005. Since then, not much had changed. The vacuum left by Clark was filled by other suppliers and the industry literally chugs along. Board maker Firewire has taken upon themselves to introduce a little harm reduction into the surfboard world, and while by no means being sustainably built, the Technograin has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially made surfboard today. Essentially, the board still features an EPS foam core, but is laminated in a sustainably grown wood deck skin. You can see and learn more here.