Surfers make great environmentalists because no surfer wants to be paddling around in polluted waters or see plastic floating around them or get a bacterial infection. But when it comes to the surfboard industry, it has been the standard to use surfboard shaping materials that can be quite harmful to your body, like polyurethane. So local San Franciscan surfer Danny Hess decided to change the game and make surfboards out of scrap wood and eco friendly materials.
Contrary to popular belief that wooden boards are heavy and rigid, Hess Surfboards are light and flexible, giving pop when carving in and out of turns.
By using reclaimed wood, cork recycled surfboard foam, and 50% less fiberglass than traditional surfboards, Hess is reducing the carbon footprint of creating a board, preventing materials from going into landfill and showcasing a surfboard model that could help push the industry in a more sustainable direction.
Hess boards are being sold all over the nation, but you can find them locally at Molusk Surf shop down by Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Oh, and by the way, he also sells sustainable skateboards. Check out all the different skate and surf products on the website.
Thank you to surfbooks.com and stagram.com for the photos.