Photograph by Sam Murphy


Image Surfboard kit uses a new epoxy technique without fiberglass.

By Keith Hammond

“Aren’t we all tired of surfboards being as fragile as a porcelain doll? I can’t think of any other piece of sporting equipment that is as easily destroyed.”

—Board maker Matt Barker

Traditional surfboards are a frustrating old technology. First, they’re toxic landfill — polyurethane foam, fiberglassed with polyester resin. Worse, they’re fragile and short-lived because of cracks and leaks. That’s ridiculous, and at $400 and up, ...

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