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Recycling Sea Waste To Surf Fins

Recycling Sea Waste To Surf Fins As an ocean dweller, there’s a good chance you have at some point paddled across floating garbage. With the magnitude of pollution continuing to increase there are already estimations that there is 5,254,000,000,000 pieces of plastic debris polluting our oceans globally. Among the most heavily affected regions are the popular surf destinations around South East Asia, particularly the Indonesian archipelago. Worldclass waves in the Bali and Java islands of Indonesia have, in recent years, become highly polluted from the influx of tourists and the affects of the tourism industry.  Recognising the need for change, the...

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Algae Surfboards - A New Addition To Your Quiver

Erik Jepsen/ UC San Diego Publications Biology students created the algae surfboards by replacing the foam core commonly crafted of petroleum oil with algae oil Algae Surfboards are a new addition to the long list of innovations coming into the surfing industry. The surf industry is drawing inspiration from an underrated aquatic organism. In celebration of 2015 Earth Day, Avila Surfboards, and environmentalist Rob Machado, unveiled the world’s first sustainable algae based surfboard.   Most people don’t realise that petroleum is algae oil hellip; always been muses for surfing technologies. From the dorsal fin of a dolphin inspiring the surfboard fin,...

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History Of Surfing Innovation Part 5: The Shortboard Revolution

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Part 5: The Shortboard Revolution Terry Fitzgerald's quiver of psychadelic sticks California Heritage Museum The Shortboard revolution was a critical period in the history of surfing innovation. In three years, from 1967 to 1970, the average 12-kilogram board dropped to 6; 5-kilogram boards. This short timeframe was crucial to where surfing is today and it has been credited to two forward thinking innovators, American George Greenough and Aussie Bob McTavish. In 1965, when the Santa Barbara kneeboarder Greenough visited the shaper McTavish on the North Coast of NSW, McTavish was impressed by Greenough’sflexible, lightweight kneeboards ability to stay tucked into the lip of...

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History of Surfing Innovation: Part 3: Wood to Fibreglass

History of Surfing Innovation: Part 3: Wood to Fibreglass

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The 1930’s and 40’s were a ground breaking period in the history of surfing innovation. People were getting in the water more thanks to Blake’s lightweight finned boards. Inspired byBlake’s innovative designs, a group of Hawaiian surfers, Fran Heath, Wally Froseith and John Kelly experimented with shaping and tail sizes. By shaving off parts of the tail and rails, a steep contoured Roll/Vee tail was crafted, allowing more control and maneuverability. This board the ‘Hot Curl’ finally allowed surfer to ride in the ‘hot curl’, or curling peak of the wave. From 1932, redwood was largely partnered with the South American balsa wood. A super lightweight alternative to redwood; balsa boards were coated in varnish to waterproof. The centre of the boards was balsa and the rails, redwood to ensure strength and durability. And then it happened. World War II finished and...

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Take A Peek into this Tassie Surfboard Collector’s Shed

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Phil Critchlow has been surfing for 50 years and has over 100 boards in his collection, but he still wants to find his first – an 11’ Balsa coated in barnacles, that washed up on a beach in Eden on the South Coast of NSW.   His dad came home with a Balsa from the early 50’s in the back of his ute, Critchlow was 11 at the time and he has been hooked ever since. According to Critchlow, his dad still says "it was the worse thing he ever did" By the mid 1960’s, board designs were undergoing major changes; they were getting lighter, shorter and wider. This period of innovative surfboard shapes and new experimental designs are a primary feat of his collection, “these were the ones I frothed on as...

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Shark-Proof Surfboards and Wetsuits Have Arrived

Here is a stat you may prefer to avoid – surfers are at the highest risk of shark attacks. Last year in Australia 63% of shark attack victims were surfers.With the Western Australian coastline facing the highest number of fatal shark attacks worldwide, eight in the past five years, new measures have been implemented to combat the rising fatalities. One controversial solution was the 2014 WA ‘shark cull’. From the beginning of summer 2014 to April 2014, a total of 172 sharks had reportedly been captured and shot. WA surfers and scientists have joined forces to explore a more humane solution. A collaboration between the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia and surfer-entrepreneurs Craig Anderson and Hamish Jolly from Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS), has led to a ‘shark friendly’ answer- a shark deterring wetsuit. They do not zap the sharks...

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