CONCEPT & MATERIALS
It’s essentially the same concept than a standard surfboard –a soft core covered with an outer shell– but with huge differences:
Recycled/recyclable EPS (expanded polystyrene or styrofoam)
Let’s make it clear: EPS IS NOT an eco friendly material. It emits less volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than polyurethane foam, and it’s recyclable. But polystyrene is still a petroleum-based material, made with carcinogenic components; it’s harmless in its final form, but it does not biodegrade for hundreds of years; and remember that those huge plastic islands floating in the Pacific Ocean are full of it! Therefore, we should say recycled EPS foam is far more ecological than PU, but we must find an alternative for this. And the solution might be around the corner.
Vacuum bagged Paulownia skins
It’s amazing how nicely 3-5mm of paulownia skin bend over the shaped blank. It also helps dissipate water vibrations and it doesen’t crack as easily as fiberglass.
Laminated paulownia parabolic rails
The parabolic reails help control flex and add strength, and also protect the board against rail dings. And if they’re dinged, then there is no rush to repair them ‘cause paulownia is water resistant.
D4 Polyurethane glue
The glue foams and expands during the vacuum bagging process and the glue is forced into any pores of the EPS, thus sealing it.
We discovered than when you glue 0,3mm of bamboo veneer at 90º on paulownia, it becomes a bulletproof, super elastic material. We use this technique to strengthen the deck, especially under the feet area.
Polyurethane foam offcuts
Recycled PU offcuts from MontjuichSurfboards production to get a firmer grip of fin boxes and fin plugs.
Wood floor varnish
The same treatement used in the FlamaClassic boards: easy, cheap, practical and you can do it yourself.