wooden surfboards are back! grain surfboards of maine

via justin at materialicious
- bill 5-30-2009 2:41 pm

why this is good for surfing (the "grubby" clark foam story):

The main issue, as outlined by Gordon 'Grubby' Clark in a seven-page fax that was circulated among shapers today, is a toxic chemical in use at Clark Foam called Toluene Di Isocynate, commonly called TDI. Most companies using this chemical have already left California; in 1999, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a slightly weaker version of California's existing anti-TDI law, while California itself instituted stronger laws. The Orange County Fire Authority repeatedly reported Clark Foam to other government agencies, including the 9th district of the EPA, who gave the blank manufacturer a 10-page citation that is still unresolved. "The seriousness of the citation could mean that I have to go to prison and be fined an astronomical amount of money," Clark writes in the fax.

Other issues contributing to the closure were, according to the fax, polyester resin, dust, trash, and the fact that almost all the technology inside the factory was designed and/or built by Clark specifically for making surfboard blanks. And due to the fact that all Clark's equipment is original, the EPA claims is does not meet industry standards.

- bill 5-30-2009 3:04 pm [add a comment]

get your clark foam t's here.

note of warning: ironic vs non-ironic use of these shirts is virtually indistinguishable.

- bill 5-30-2009 3:07 pm [add a comment]

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