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The world’s first algae-based surfboard

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The algae surfboard: truly green | Photo: Erik Jepsen/ UC San Diego Publications

An unusual San Diego joint-venture has developed the world’s first algae-based surfboard.

Stephen Mayfield is a professor of biology and algae geneticist at UC San Diego; Rob Machado is the most famous surf environmentalist in the world, and Marty Gilchrist represents Arctic Foam, a surfboard blank manufacturer.

The trio joined forces and knowledge to produce a polyurethane foam core from algae oil, instead of petroleum. The surfboard’s core made from algae is completely white, and you simply can’t notice the differences between both models.

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