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Surfing on ‘shrooms: growing the next crop of eco-friendly surfboards

Most surfers would say they care about the environment. After all, nature is a big part of the sport and the culture. But while most people in the surf scene do have a pretty admirable environmental conscience, there’s one bad habit that can’t really be ignored — the boards.

Ecovative Mushroom surfboard
A Fungus-Based Mycelium Surfboard From Ecovative

Aside from wooden boards (and the woods used in surfboards aren’t usually rapidly renewable) most surfboards are made from toxic foam plastics. Add to that the fact that the average lifespan of a board isn’t all that long. So, what happens after a few good months, or at best years, when a polyurethane or polystyrene board finally gets kicked to the curb? Well, it certainly doesn’t turn into compost.

Thanks to Ecovative, though, a new, more eco-friendly surfboard may be coming your way soon. In fact, it’s probably being grown as we speak. That’s right, grown, because instead of toxic foams, The New York-based company is building its surfboards, fins and handplanks out of a completely new, completely sustainable material that’s mostly mushrooms.

Ecovative Fungus Surfboard Mycelium Material

Not strictly a surfboard maker, the company developed its eco-friendly Mycelium material to replace all types of expanded foam plastics, like the styrofoam used in packaging. Essentially a glue made from fungus roots, Ecovative uses Mycelium to bind plant-based materials (usually crop waste like plant stalks and seed husks) into the finished product.

The result is a super strong material that floats and repels water just as effectively as the foam plastics typically used to make surfboards, fins and handplanks, except that these mushroom-based products won’t create toxic waste like plastics do. Meanwhile, Mycelium boards are about as easy to patch as ordinary boards, and don’t need any special supplies to repair. Bio-based and biodegradable, Myco Foam is the closest we’ve come so far to a truly sustainable board, especially if it’s glassed with eco-friendly resin.

So, where can you get your own surfboard made from mushrooms? As yet, you can’t. But Ecovative says it’s currently “collaborating with the industry’s top surfboard manufacturers and shapers” to get their boards out there. Hopefully that happens soon, since riding waves on ‘shrooms is something we’ve always wanted to try.

Check out Ecovative and learn more about their sustainable Mycelium plastic alternatives at their website here

IT’S THAT SURF EXPO TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

Hear ye hear ye! The Eidon team is heading to Orlando, FLorida, for the upcoming Surf Expo show. Press and buyers are welcome to come by and check out our newest collection of board shorts, tees and swimsuits. See you there!

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India’s first female surfer goes Beyond the Surface in colorful and uplifting new surf doc

You can do incredible things your whole life through and probably still never be the “first” at anything.

So imagine living your life, feeling more or less ordinary, only to find out that you had in fact done something completely unique.

Beyond the Surface, a new documentary film in the works, focuses on one such person, and how her amazing relationship with the sport she loves is changing the face of surfing in her country and for her gender. The film, which is raising funds for completion on Indiegogo, follows Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer.

“When I first found out that I could possibly be the first female surfer in India I was shocked,” says Malaviya in a trailer for Beyond the Surface. “I kind of felt special in a way. I felt like the universe had chosen this path for me [...] because when I started surfing, it just felt like I had found everything I was looking for in life and more.”

Set against the rich and colorful backdrop of India, the film focuses on Malaviya as she travels through the country with a group of young women, exploring the ways surfing, yoga, and ecological consciousness can help India – and the rest of the world – face some of their biggest challenges.

From Beyond the Surface's photo gallery
From Beyond the Surface’s photo gallery

Of course, Beyond the Surface is largely a film about surfing, and about the joy it can bring to people, especially those who suffer hardships. But in the context of modern day India, the subject necessarily sprouts branches as numerous and diverse as the people that make up this ancient and multilayered culture.

It’s a film that “will touch upon eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment, biocentrism and personal growth [...] integrating these causes with the pursuit of India’s perfect waves,” reads the Beyond the Surface website.

Hypnotizingly colorful, the film itself promises to be a beautiful journey, not only for the viewer, but also for the young women at its centre, as they ignite hope and passion in others by sharing their love of surf.

“All the while, they will discover more about themselves, exchange life experiences and – through the medium of film – inspire others to seek a deeper connection to their fellow humans and to the wonder of nature.”

You can learn more about Beyond the Surface at the film’s website or on their blog. And you can make a contribution to fund them on Indigogo here.