Cruz Foam Hopes to Create Surfboard Blanks out of Seafood Waste

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Can a surfboard blank be made from a seafood waste?

The ocean is affected by so many factors. And who suffers from its changes but our favorite surfers? Considering the amount of time they spend in the ocean, any harmful substance present would surely take a toll on their health. This is the reason why some surfers are vocal advocates of new technologies that would ensure the general health of the ocean.

Along with surfers, companies out there are also doing their research and starting projects that would benefit the ocean. There’s the Dolphin Board of Awesome – a recyclable surfboard, and a smart fin that can be used against climate change.

With so much waste in the ocean, the only smart thing to do is to recycle it. That is what Taylor Lane did when he created The Roach Tail – a board made from 10,000 cigarette butts. And now, a Santa Cruz-based foam company is taking the same initiative by aiming to create a surfboard blank from seafood waste.

John Felts has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. At 31, he founded Cruz Foam. The company is working hard to create a surfboard blank out of seafood scraps. Why seafood scraps? Chitin, a material found in shells of shrimps, crabs and lobsters, can be used to make foam that’s less toxic than expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane. Plus it’s durable and affordable.

In an interview with Inertia, Felts says that chitin was already considered a super material, however was forgotten because research showed that it wasn’t easy to process. But Felts says his company has developed a water-based solution that is also eco-friendly, which would make the process easier and possible for the surfboard blank to be introduced into the surfing industry. “We haven’t put a board in the water yet, but hopefully very soon,” ” Felts said.

Find out more about Cruz Foam HERE

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