So we just stumbled across this article. The first ever 100% natural surfboard, made out of agave. Can't help but to think this may not perform quite like your PU or EPS board, but still glad some people are pushing the boundaries in terms of sustainable surfboard design. You never know, with a bit of tweaking this may lead to something good. For now it seems like it fits in nicely with the wooden surfboards made by the likes of Otter Surfboards or Driftwood Surfboards in the UK. Beautifully crafted surfboards that will provide you with much stoke and enjoyment, but that you wouldn't necessarily choose to go and compete on for example.
But Gary Linden, who is the man behind this innovation, is not the only one out there looking at Agave as a new material for surfing. A couple of years back Surfer Mag ran an interview wit Thomas Scott, a Brazilian shaper who has been clearing stalks from the Brazilian countryside and recycling them into custom surfboards.
“There’s a contradiction in the relationship of a surfer and his environment,” says Scott. “We expect clean beaches, we want white sand, that whole idealized image. But what is done in practice in the surfboard industry is highly polluting and detrimental to the environment. A series of waste products that can’t be recycled.”
Thomas goes on to talk about the differences between riding a Agave board compared to one shaped with a PU blank, saying that, while the board is about 15-20% heavier, it is also stiffer and therefore combines the good momentum generated by the extra weight with a really responsive board.
Although each board takes about three months to produce, Scott insists on how shaping your own boards amplifies the experience of surfing. "Being able to experiment with new designs is a treat, and seeing other people stoked when surfing the boards you make is priceless. My aim as a product designer is to make cleaner products–truly useful and durable products."
Here is the full Jose Cuervo x Gary Linden article from inhabitat:
Born out of passion, adventure and the never-ending commitment to positive social impact, today Jose Cuervo Tradicional unveils the world’s first sustainable, 100% Agave surfboard in partnership with Gary Linden—iconic surfboard shaper with nearly 50 years of experience in creating the best boards in the world.
His mission 25 years in the making, this 100% organic surfboard is Linden’s dream actualised. Having leveraged agave as a key material in past shaping efforts, Linden was familiar with the product and its unique qualities. But it wasn’t until he took a trip to Jose Cuervo’s La Rojena distillery in Tequila, Mexico, that Linden discovered all the materials needed to create a board entirely made from nature.
“Jose Cuervo has been instrumental in making my dream a reality,” says Linden. “Without their resources and years of experience working and studying the uses of the agave plant, this project would still remain unfinished.”
Comprised from all natural, 100% pure agave, the surfboard raises the bar for sustainable surf design – awarded Best Use of Traditional Material at the recent 2015 Boardroom Surfboard Show.
An innovative solution to typical surfboard materialisation, which relies on toxic resins and fibreglass, this new composition fuels a safer future for shapers and most importantly for the planet. Each step of the shaping process has been carefully considered to ensure the best end result across all key goals of this unprecedented project: design, sustainability and functionality.
For Jose Cuervo Tradicional, the 100% Agave board creatively celebrates their spirit and culture, paying homage to the land, to a community in which they are deeply rooted, and to Jose Cuervo’s Premium 100% Agave Tradicional Tequila.
“We were excited to work with Gary to create an entirely new shaping process, leveraging a material that we have been working with and researching for years,” says Jose Cuervo. “We are thrilled to demonstrate agave’s versatility as a sustainable resource in Tradicional in the surfboard and beyond.”
The 100% Agave board leads the charge for the future of design, showcasing form and function at its finest. By challenging themselves to champion impactful solutions, Jose Cuervo credits the project’s success as a token of appreciation for the believers and builders living for today and toasting to tomorrow.
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