Hey guys. I am writing a paper for my class. we are writing a life cycle analysis of something we use regularly and discuss its life in terms of cradle to grave.....basically where the materials come from, how they are created, how its manufactured, and so forth....this is where i need your help....i need a small survey of as many people as possible...i want to know (be as honest as possible) but what i want to know is, what type of boards you use (what they are made of) ex. epoxy, and what you do with your old boards that are no longer usable. do you throw them in the trash can, do you recycle them, do you take them to a proper waste management facility...etc.....soo please be honest, and feel free to help me out with any other comments or suggestions...thanks for all of your help. its definatly appreciated.
Last edited by NJsurf55; Nov 25, 2009 at 06:36 AM.
i havent really been surfing long enough to think or know anything about actually disposing of boards, but my friends dad has been for like 30 years and he actually keeps most of them.. they are like antiques, i think it's sweet to pull out a board thats older than you and try it out and see how the times have changed.
talk about alaia revivalists, and how the project is totally green. i hand shaped a few alaias, and all of the excess wood i recycled. they were sealed with linseed oil, which is non-toxic and all that, and then when the board is past it's life or breaks or whatever i can just throw it anywhere because it'll biodegrade, 100% clean. plus the pauwlonia wood that you use grows fast and is a sustainable forestry.
I have a couple boards in the shed that are beyond repair that just chill. If they are still usable ill sell my old boards. I was riding most PU's when i starting surfing. I guess for the past 3-4 years I have been surfing a lot of epoxy's and like them a lot. Not to mention they last alot longer. I'm still riding an epoxy (XTR by epoxy pro) thats 2 1/2 years old and its in great condition. I'm tough on boards too.
Summing up- I either sell them or hang them in the rafters.
I had an old longboard that was delam'd and beyond repair. Just recently, I stripped all the glass off (and threw it away in the dumpster) and reshaped it into a fish. I dremel'd out the fin box and leash plug to use later.
I have a couple of old boards that are hanging in my office. They have more sentimental value than collector value. Most old boards, though, just lay around in the garage.
I do not know if a pu/pe board can be recycled. Try to get ahold of brian at greenlight to see what can be done as far as recycling eps boards and other more environmentally friendly surfboard options.
i cut an old fun shape down the stringer and made a shelf and broke a surftech fish and it lays in the rafters over my dads garage. if you want more info about recycling surfboards and eco friendly surf stuff i'd email the guys at fcd. its fletcher chouinard the son of the founder of patagonia and everything having to do with his board company is pretty eco friendly they will email you back too
i suspect that most people sell their boards at some point then those boards get passed down until they are just so beat up they end up at the landfill. if a board was magical, i will hang onto it for sentimental value but usually i keep a board for 2 years then sell it to someone.
I've never thrown a board away... If it was brown and beat up, but still whole, there's always someone who wants to paint it and put it above their tiki bar or in their kids room. (via Craig's List). I have switched to more durable boards for 2 reasons 1) save $$$ in the long run 2) environmental impact (landfill, VOC's). My go to board is a Firewire Quad Fish that after 2 years of abuse, has no more than pressure dents, and should easily last 2 more years. Other main board is a Coil, which should be just as durable.