Conventional surfboards made of foam and fiberglass are quite toxic instruments for this natural sport. In the production of foam boards a lot of poisonous materials from limited resources are required and a lot of waste -that cannot be recycled- is produced. The shaper needs to wear a full-body-suit and a mask to protect himself while working.
Another disadvantage of conventional boards is that they are less durable. If a foam board is used radically it can easily crack and after 2 or 3 years of constant surfing most of them are covered with pressure bumps or scratches. Since surfing becomes more and more popular, problems for the environment are growing. The impact is not really apparent yet, but we are destroying the places we like the most: our oceans.
Fortunately there are approaches, concepts and much of engagement from a lot of people to protect and preserve these habitats. Natural wetsuits based on bio rubber, self-made ecological surf wax or the use of recycled foam are just a few examples. With hollow wooden surfboards, which have almost the same characteristics like foam boards, we have the chance to transform this sport into a greener one. A well constructed board only needs wood, glue and an ecological seal. It is much more stronger and durable than a foam board and works very well in any kind of waves. If you take care of your board, it will accompany you for the rest of your life and save the resources of mother earth.
Natural surf is possible!