The surfing world is constantly looking for more sustainable surfboards and over the years we have seen a wide range of boards constructed from various sustainable timber and even blanks made from mushrooms, but a new idea currently under trial by Arctic Foam is using Algae Oil to create the worlds first Algae blanks. In a collaboration with UC San Diego’s Center for Algae Biotechnology, Arctic Foam have produced an Algae surfboard blank that matches the density, flex, torsion and cell structure of traditional petro chemical foam blanks.
As yet the new Algae board is still in development, but on the 21st of April one of the first surfboards produced with an Algae blank was presented to the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer to coincide with Earth Day. With a workable blank now in production, the next stage is to put the board out to test and Arctic Foam are planning to ‘test the foam under the feet of the best surfers in the world. Stay tuned’
A video featuring Stephen Mayfield, Professor of Biology at UCSD explaining a little bit more about the Algae Surfboard can be seen below and the official UCSD article can be seen here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this new green and sustainable surfboard blank, is it something you would put your weight behind if it ever comes to market?