GSI: Recycling Coconut Husks Into Surfboards

Manufacturing products often involves using non-renewable materials and harsh chemicals that exacerbate ecological destruction, which is why many companies are converting to other means to produce their wares. Global Surf Industries has discovered a new way to manufacture their surfboards so that they create less of an impact on the environment using coconut husk fibres to produce some of the fastest, lightest and strongest boards on the market today. They’re about 3-4 pounds lighter than original epoxy boards and have an innovative new design.

To manufacture their surfboards, they use the discarded fibres that are cast off from local crops that are self-sustaining. What’s more, is that these crops are in the vicinity of the manufacturing facility, so they cut down on any unnecessary freight and travel expenditures. The husks only require a minimal amount of processing before they can be used, and they are laid between multiple layers of fibreglass in a random pattern to reinforce the structure of the fibreglass laminate and create a unique look for each board. No two are the same!

These surfboards include the small Fish (around 6’4″), which is a great choice for rough conditions, and has a very squat shape, causing it to retain stability, which is otherwise lost if it had any extra length. The longer the board, the heavier they get, but when you’re talking about Coco Mat boards, the stand-up paddle boards and longboards weigh much less than the traditional surfboards – as much as four pounds lighter – which makes all the difference when you’re out there.

Soon to be released (March 2012) – the NSP Coco Mat boards will be available in specialty shops and online. Check out Global Surf Industries website for more info or check out the links below:

The 10’0″ NSP Coco Mat SUP

The NSP Coco Mat Race SUP

The 7’2″ Coco Mat Funshape

The NSP Coco Mat Fish

The NSP Coco Mat Longboards

Also be sure to check out The Seaglass Project, Tom Wegener’s new line of finless surfboards. What I wouldn’t give to live near the ocean… Surf’s up!
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