Monday, February 23, 2009

SC Times Article

Recycling an Industry

one-two punch, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary
can either be; 1. A combination of two blows delivered in
rapid succession as in boxing, especially a left lead followed
by a right cross; or 2. An especially forceful or effective combination
or sequence of two things. Both definitions seem especially fitting
analogies for the two-tiered effort of Joey Santley and Steve Cox
to “green up” the surf industry by providing a means for recycling
wetsuit scrap, old boards and the waste created during the production
of new ones. As co-founders of San Clemente-based Green
Foam Blanks and ReSurf Recycling, they have essentially proven
the feasibility of a closed-loop environmentally conscious system for
the manufacture and recycling of surfboards and wetsuits.
“The surf community now knows that there’s an option to go
green,” said Santley. “Most surfers care deeply about the environment
and given the opportunity to choose a green alternative they
will make the right choice,”
Part one of the plan began
with the launch of ReSurf
Recycling in late 2007.
ReSurf was created as a
philanthropic effort aimed
at cleaning up the industry
by organizing a network of
drop-off and pick-up locations
for the collection of
reusable “surf waste.” By
recycling old surfboards as
well as the hazardous waste
created during the shaping of new boards, tons of polyurethane
need not end up in landfills. Because surf waste is a petroleum
bi-product it is essentially hazardous but for this same reason it
also bonds perfectly with asphalt and concrete. ReSurf invented a
process of re-purposing discarded surfboards and waste into asphalt
and concrete for paving roads. A pilot program is in the works with
CR&R and Waste Management to provide surf waste specific trucks
to make the rounds from surf shops to shaping rooms collecting the
material specifically for use in paving. In addition to the invention of
a use for board scrap the company has also come up with a method
for producing 100 percent recycled yoga mats from the neoprene
scrap generated by wetsuit manufacturers.
The second part of the plan came to fruition when Santley and
Cox teamed up with Sid Schneider and Scott Saunders of Oceanside-
based foam manufacturer Just Foam to create the first recycled
polyurethane surfboard blank. What was once considered to be
impossible became a reality when the first recycled blank came
out of the mold on November 11. Matt “Mayhem” Biolos of Lost
Surfboards had the honor of shaping that first board which is now
part of the collection housed at the Surfing Heritage Museum in
San Clemente. Testing by shapers and surfers alike has confirmed
the blanks are equal to traditional blanks in the areas of high-performance,
durability and strength-to-weight ratio.
Santley and Cox introduced their plan to a very receptive industry
Courtesy photo
Local company offers a new, green approach
crowd at the Action Sports Retailer trade show held last month
in San Diego. With the support of some of the top shapers in the
industry, seven boards made with Green Foam were on display. Lost,
Rusty, Al Merrick, T. Patterson, Surf Prescriptions, Wellen and Rawson
all participated in the shaping of these first-of-their-kind boards.
Their tradeshow debut resulted in commitments from more than 25
retailers to begin offering boards made from Green Foam, as well
as numerous inquiries by shops and shapers to become collection
points for scrap materials. O’Neill and Quiksilver have also agreed to
forgo dumping neoprene scrap and to instead donate it for recycling.
With the introduction of Green Foam and ReSurf a shift is apparent
as the industry begins to view surf waste as a resource. With an
estimated 250 tons of scrap neoprene and nearly three quarters of a
million surfboards produced annually the surf industry contributes
greatly to the problem of hazardous waste. “We know that it’s going
to be a lot of hard work,” said Santley. “But we will continue to push
the industry into taking steps toward sustainability to reduce our
carbon footprint in every way possible.” SC

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

OC Register Article Feb 9, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009
Billabong wasn't a
no-show at trade
Corky Carroll
Surf's Up columnist
The Orange County Register

Last week I was telling you about my day at
the Action Sports Retailer (ASR) trade show
in San Diego. This is where the companies
involved in the action sports industry show
off their new products.
I mentioned that I was amazed that some of
the biggies in the surfing industry did not
attend this year and one of them was
Billabong. Well I was wrong on that one --
they were there and I just somehow missed
them. This is not surprising as I am a total
geek at these shows.
Anything catches my eye, possibly the butt
floss sting bikini booth or something, and I
walk right past six other things. Anyway,
Billabong is one of the main surf wear
companies and it is good to know that they
were there after all. It shows their good
support for an industry that is feeling the
effects of this recession severely. Good on
ya Billabong.

Also I was talking about the new products
that did get my attention. Another one was
the booth showing the new "green foam"
surfboard blanks. These two dudes Joey
Santley and Steve Cox have figured out a way
to produce usable surfboard foam made
from the foam dust and small pieces of
previously considered waste from shaping
room floors.

So instead of toxic waste we have more
surfboards. Very very extremely cool. They
estimate that normally about 20 percent of
the foam blanks used to make surfboards
ends up as waste and winds up in landfills.
Their company is called ReSurf Recycling and
its mission is to help clean up the surfing

They have another project in the works to
make "green" wetsuits from the same wasted
rubber left over in the production of surfing
wetsuits. This just backs up the old theory

Billabong wasn't a no-show at trade show one, surfing, time, industry, waste - News - O... Page that "one man's waste is another man's
treasure." One day you might be riding a
surfboard and wearing a wetsuit made totally
out of recycled materials. You will be ripping
and warm and at the same time saving the

Another cool product I saw was the
Goofboard. These things are kind of like the
old "Bongo Board" or the current "Indo
Board," which are basically pieces of wood
that roll back and forth over a rounded block
of wood that resembles a roller. Really fun
and a great way to break your neck at the
same time, what could be better than that?
Well the Goofboard is a bit different in the
fact that they roll on a cylinder that can be
placed either horizontally under the board or
vertically, thusly allowing a truer surfing feel.
My son Tanner tried it out and was stoked.
He wanted to see me do it but I am not real
fond of doing face and/or butt plants in
public -- especially surfing public. It's
embarrassing enough when I surf these
days, but at least then the water is a soft

Wow, not to change the subject in mid
column, but while writing this I just got an
email from my old pal and long time surfing
partner Mike Doyle. Mike is one of the alltime
great surfing legends and one of those
dudes who has kept himself in great shape
into his golden years when if he stuck to the
program like most of the rest of us he would
be fat and feeble.
But nooooo. He looks like he is in his 40's
and actually is in his late 60's. He still surfs
all the time as well and is a great skier and
snowboarder. He just sent me a bunch of
photos from Joey Cabell's 70th birthday
party up in Aspen, Colo. Amazing. I can't
believe Joey is 70. This is yet another of
those dudes who refuse to blend in and is
still shredding waves and mountains.
Joey was one of the top surfers in the world
during the 1960's and 70's and also a worldclass
skier. He was one of the original four
guys who started the Chart House restaurant
chain. The first ones were in Aspen and here
in Newport Beach.

Former World Surfing Champion Nat Young
is also in the photos and looks sleek too.
What's up with these guys? One of these
days I am gonna have to drop the chalupa I
guess. But geeze, I love food.

Friday, February 6, 2009

SURFING's Stuart Cornuelle checks in after ASR with his take on recycled surfboards

Full disclosure: I wasn’t at ASR. Condolences to anyone who was. The physical wounds heal quickly, sure - calloused hands from high-fiving and a slight ringing in the ears. But the mental trauma of the trade show fades only with time.
Still I’m going to comment on it as though I were there. In my opinion, the best thing to see at ASR this year was booth #1036 and the debut of Green Foam Blanks, whose highly-touted answer to the pending doom of Earth is recycled surfboards. By partnering with Just Foam, a blower in Oceanside, these greentrepreneurs* now provide a 65% recycled foam blank. Using the scraps from shaping bays and CAD machines, they mix a proprietary foam blend that Matt Biolos, Rusty and Channel Islands have all been caught fooling around with. Saucy.
But the Holy Grail of sustainable production is a “closed loop system,” or one in which the product can, at the end of its useful life, be seamlessly reintroduced as an input in the next production process. This way resources can be passed around like a good book that’s purchased only once but enjoyed by many readers (i.e. rubber becomes tires become shoes become building insulation…). So the founders of Green Foam Blanks are also recycling old surfboards for use in, among other things, asphalt as road pavement. If you surf and aren’t some sort of a villain, like The Joker, then this is amazing news. Even though surfers try to act environmental and groovy sometimes, the manufacturing of boards and wetsuits is a real Sally Hemmings in our closet. How exciting that we can finally clean up the act. And I saved the best part for last: the blanks from Green Foam have ground-up stringer bits in them that give the boards a peppery look all their own - like when Firewires first came out and the lamination was that unsettling medium between polyurethane translucence and epoxy white. Really awkward. It was like a black eye on prom night, but they owned it, and now you know a Firewire from a hundred yards off and think, “Hey, that’s a Firewire. Wow. I think more highly of its owner now.” So maybe recycled blanks will have that same effect.
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*Portmanteau: a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms. “Greentrepreneurs,” for instance, is a mix of Green and Entrepreneurs. It’s a fantastic portmanteau - it is portmantastic.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Next Wave: Recycled Surfboards
by Sylvia @ 9:08 am post a comment »

Plastic, paper, and surfboards? Attention surfers: your old, beat-up surfboard can now help pave the very road you drive on, or better yet, be given a second life as a recycled surfboard. ReSurf Recycling and Green Foam Blanks, two Southern California based organizations, have developed new methods in recycling what was long believed to be an unrecyclable material, “polyurethane.”
Of the 750,000 surfboards produced annually, an overwhelming majority is comprised of “polyurethane” foam – a not so eco-friendly material. During its production process, toxic chemicals, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds are released into the atmosphere. And, 20% of the foam is rendered waste after custom shaping. Until recently, the foam was presumed to be unrecyclable, accumulating in landfills and producing heaps of waste.
At ReSurf Recycling, these discarded surfboards are transformed into asphalt or concrete and can be used to pave city roads. Old wet suits are also being recycled into yoga mats, helping to reduce the estimated 250 tons of waste created from neoprene wet suit scraps each year. Want to do your part and donate your old surfboard? With recycling facilities located throughout southern California, click here to find a location near you.
Green Foam Blanks teamed up with foam manufacturer Just Foam Blanks to create the first-ever recycled polyurethane surfboard blank. Patent-pending technology is responsible for making the once considered impossible a reality. And, don’t let the recycled part fool you; these boards are proving to measure up to modern surfboards in durability, lightness and function alike, just without the waste. Want to know where you can get one? Green Foam Blanks are manufactured at Just Foam in Oceanside, California, and have also been provided to surfboard manufacturers including Matt Biolos, Channel Islands, Rusty, Doc, Timmy Patterson and Pat Rawson.
Buy recycled, and surf’s up!

treehugger article

Resurf: First Group to Recycle Surfboards and Wetsuits
by Kristin Underwood, San Diego, CA on 02. 6.09
Travel & Nature (sports gear)

Image via: ReSurf Recycling
So you hit a gnarly wave and end up on shore with your board in two pieces. Bummer dude. But your green side can't bear to just trash that board that's gotten you through some pretty wild rides. You could repair it yourself, but don't really know how. Never fear, ReSurf Recycling in Oceanside, CA will both take your old, broken boards and turn them into things like asphalt for roads. But now you need a replacement, right? Well, Green Foam Blanks will sell you a "new" blank made from 60% recycled foam, which you can take to your local shaper and make into your own custom board.

Surfing veterans Joey Santley and Steve Cox, developed ReSurf Recycling and Green Foam Blanks to help close the loop on toxic materials in surfing (i.e. the boards) that just end up in trash cans and to offer gear that makes use of stuff already in the waste stream.
Why Use a Recycled Surfboard?

Roughly 1,000 surfboards are made every day between Los Angeles and Mexico. 20% of the foam used to make these boards is ultimately scrapped, creating a giant waste stream, not to mention the toxic products used to cure the boards. ReSurf Recycling, launched in 2007, decided that the surfing community, already in touch with nature and the environment, would support an endeavor to cleanup this waste and launched their organization to close all of the open loops. ReSurf will recycle used boards, the scrap foam from manufacturing and even thrashed neoprene wetsuits. ReSurf recently partnered with O'Neill and Quicksilver to recycled the unused neoprene wetsuit scraps (an estimated 250 tons across the industry) into 100% recycled yoga mats.

So a recycled board might be good for the planet, but will it actually hold up? Yep, the boards are durable and cost-competitive with traditional boards on the market. Groups like ...Lost Surfboards, Channel Islands, and Surf Prescriptions are all using them. Shaper Matt "Mayhem" Biolos of ...Lost Surfboards said,

When I first saw the recycled blanks, they reminded me of when recycled paper first came out, it was a bit rough, but got the job done all while saving resources and lessening waste. The blanks are a tad coarse with some imperfections and take a bit of savvy to finish sanding them, yet for the most part the strength to weight ratio is on target. The specks of stringer and colored glue dust adds character and defines their look. Starting immediately, we will offer Green Foam Blanks to anyone who wishes to get a board made.
Boards that still have some life in them, but are donated, are refurbished and then given to Surfers Healing, which takes kids with autism out surfing. Dropoff Locations are available throughout Southern California for broken or old surfboards. If you're interested in becoming a board drop-off location, you can contact ReSurf to be listed among the locations and to get an official sticker. :Resurf:Green Foam Blanks

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Surfboard Recycling Gets a Boost in CA
by Jennifer Berry
Two new organizations, ReSurf Recycling and Green Foam Blanks, are teaming up to help find new ways to reuse the toxic waste created from surfboard manufacturing. Business partners and surf industry veterans, Joey Santley and Steve Cox, are heading up the endeavors to help reduce landfill waste from the surfing industry.
According to the organizations, “more than 1,000 surfboards being produced per day between Los Angeles and the Mexico border. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of the foam needed to shape each board is rendered as waste and inevitably ends up in landfills.”
ReSurf Recycling launched in 2007, offering the first method to recycle all surfboards and waste associated with their manufacturing. The organization has “developed a method that recycles somewhat hazardous surfing-associated materials into numerous products including asphalt for paving city roads.”
Additionally, the organization developed a method to produce 100 percent recycled yoga mats made using neoprene scraps from wetsuit production. Big players in the industry are already joining in, as popular wetsuit manufacturers O’Neill and Quiksilver will be recycling all of domestic unused materials through this program.
Cox, co-founder of the company, said “ReSurf Recycling has literally invented a system of transforming discarded surfboards and previously unusable waste into asphalt and concrete that can be used to pave city roads as part of our nation’s road to recovery. It’s our goal to have surfers driving to the beach on roads paved with their old boards and to recycle the estimated 250 tons of neoprene waste that is created from wetsuit scraps each year!”
Green Foam Blanks
Since ReSurf has taken off, Santley and Cox set off on their next endeavor: to create a board made from recycled polyurethane foam and “put to rest a 50-year-old notion that toxic surfboard manufacturing waste and broken and used board components could not be recycled to create new boards,” through their new organization, Green Foam Blanks.
Matt “Mayhem” Biolos of …Lost Surfboards was given the opportunity to shape the first surfboard using a recycled blank, which is now on display at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente, Calif.
During an interview with Surfing Magazine, Santley said, “Well, the first board is 65 percent recycled foam. All I did was sweep up the foam dust from the shaping machine and bays of Mayhem’s factory and mixed it into our blending process. Of course, there has to be some virgin polyurethane in there to make everything adhere, but this is a huge start. We’re hoping to get the boards up to 70 to 80 percent recycled.”
“We’re just doing what we’re supposed to be doing,” he added.
The boards are already being praised as being equal in durability, lightness and function as current high-performance surfboards made with traditional, virgin polyurethane foam.
“Starting immediately, we will offer Green Foam Blanks to anyone who wishes to get a board made” said Biolos.