That’s a lot easier said than done in an industry that has for decades relied upon toxic, non-recyclable materials. The overwhelming majority of boards in the water today rely on several inherently unsustainable, non-recyclable materials: the foam core, which is molded to define the board’s shape, and the combination of fiberglass and resin used to glass the board and give it strength. And this is not to say that Danny is the only one experimenting with more sustainable boards. We’ve talked about the viability of eco-surfboards in the past. And there are some really novel approaches out there, like the beer-can surfboard. But almost all designs rely upon a heavy coating of resin glass to ensure the strength of the board, and Danny’s continual pursuit puts him in a class of his own.
Danny’s current manifestation has eliminated a large reliance on those materials, but not all of them. The wooden rails and skins, which are vacuum sealed together, provide most of the board’s strength. To fill in the hollow board, Danny uses 100% recycled expanded polystyrene, or EPS. He glasses his boards with resin from Entropy, a company that utilizes waste from the milling industry and makes a resin made of 70% pine sap.