The surfboard (and culture of surfing) represents conflict between industry and the environment. The physical act, and the culture of surfing, provides an intimate connection with nature and natural forces. It is this emotional and physical engagement with nature that makes the surfing experience powerful and enriching for many people. In direct contrast to this natural experience is the use of toxic materials in the manufacture of surfboards, with negative impacts for both board manufacturers and the natural environment. These toxic synthetic materials provide a high level of performance, which most surfers are looking for and is not easily achieved using natural materials.
The combined aesthetic of the surfboards beautiful form and natural materials, moves the surfboard from a relatively short-lived disposable sport product to a treasured artefact, increasing its inherent value and challenging the disposable mentality prevailing in current surf-culture.
Building a surfboard which will be kept for longer requires greater resilience from the chosen natural materials. The robust nature of the bamboo veneer provides a great natural alternative to resin and fibreglass. Both Bamboo and Paulownia are also extremely fast growing making them an ideal choice for sustainably designed products, as they are more easily sourced from a sustainably managed natural plantation.