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First-Ever High-Performance Recycled Polyurethane Surfboard Blanks Developed,
Pilot Program Will Repurpose Previously Unusable Surfboard and Wetsuit Waste

San Clemente, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009) – Business partners and surf industry veterans,
Joey Santley and Steve Cox introduced two first-of-their-kind revolutionary
endeavors, Green Foam Blanks and ReSurf Recycling, at the Action Sports Retailer
(ASR) trade show in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 22 – 24. Both organizations, which
received high praise at ASR, are founded on the platform of creating a “greener”
method of manufacturing surfboards, disposing of hazardous surfboard waste and
ultimately leading to more environmentally sound urban communities through the
repurposing of previously unusable and somewhat toxic waste.

With deep roots in the surf industry, both Santley and Cox recognized southern
California as an epicenter for surfboard manufacturers with more than 1,000
surfboards being produced per day between Los Angeles and the Mexico border.
Additionally, nearly 20% of the foam needed to shape each board is rendered as waste
and inevitably ends up in landfills. This unusable foam, partnered with other
somewhat toxic materials required to finish each surfboard, equaled an incalculable
amount of waste coming from the surf industry. These facts, coupled with the belief
that most surfers would be willing to do their part to help cleanse the industry due
to their natural relationship with the ocean and nature, led to the launch of ReSurf
Recycling in late 2007 as a philanthropic endeavor.

Founded with a mission to clean up the industry, ReSurf Recycling offers the
first-ever cohesive plan to recycle all surfboards and the waste associated with
their manufacturing, along with neoprene wetsuit scraps from the cutting room floor.
Urging both surfers and board manufacturers to recycle old boards and manufacturing
waste, ReSurf Recycling has developed a method that recycles somewhat hazardous
surfing-associated materials into numerous products including asphalt for paving
city roads. Additionally, the organization has invented a method of producing 100%
recycled yoga mats made using neoprene scraps generated from wetsuit production and
has recently finalized deals with wetsuit manufacturing giants, O’Neill and
Quiksilver to recycle all of its domestic unused materials. Most importantly, both
recycling methods relieve waste haulers and landfill compliance management companies
from the necessity of filling landfills with surfing’s potentially hazardous

“As co-founder of Green Foam Blanks and ReSurf Recycling, I’m thrilled the nation
has recently sworn in the first surfing president, Barack Obama,” stated Santley.
“We believe our efforts can directly contribute to the country’s environmental
agenda.” Co-partner Steve Cox added, “ReSurf Recycling has literally invented a
system of transforming discarded surfboards and previously unusable waste into
asphalt and concrete that can be used to pave city roads as part of our nation’s
road to recovery. It’s our goal to have surfers driving to the beach on roads paved with their old boards and to recycle theestimated 250 tons of neoprene waste that is created from wetsuit scraps each year!”

With surfer, community and environmental industry support for ReSurf Recycling even
stronger than originally imagined in the first months of operation, Santley and Cox
set out to take their surfboard recycling efforts to the next level and put to rest
a 50-year-old notion that toxic surfboard manufacturing waste and broken and used
board components could not be recycled to create new boards. Using a proprietary,
patent-pending cryogenic methodology and working hand-in-hand with Sid Schneider and
Scott Saunders from Oceanside, Calif.-based foam manufacturer Just Foam, Green Foam
Blanks silenced the naysayers and created the world’s first recycled surfboard
blank. Matt “Mayhem” Biolos of …Lost Surfboards was given the opportunity to
shape the first surfboard using a recycled blank, which is now on display at the
Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente, Calif. After being tested by both top
surfers and shapers, Green Foam Blanks have been deemed equal in durability,
lightness and function as current high-performance surfboards made with traditional
polyurethane foam. Following the lead of Biolos, top surfboard manufacturers such as
Channel Islands, Rusty, Doc, Timmy Patterson and Pat Rawson have all shaped recycled
blanks from the company’s first batch and proudly displayed their collective work
for the entire industry to view at the Green Foam Blanks booth during ASR.

“When I first saw the recycled blanks, they reminded me of when recycled paper first
came out, it was a bit rough, but got the job done all while saving resources and
lessening waste. The same can be said for the recycled PU blanks,” said Biolos.
“The blanks are a tad coarse with some imperfections and take a bit of savvy to
finish sanding them, yet for the most part the strength to weight ratio is on
target. The specks of stringer and colored glue dust adds character and defines
their look. Starting immediately, we will offer Green Foam Blanks to anyone who
wishes to get a board made.”

For more information on Green Foam Blanks visit www.GreenFoamBlanks.blogspot.com or
www.ReSurf.org for more information of ReSurf Recycling.

About Green Foam Blanks
Using a proprietary, patent-pending cryogenic methodology, Green Foam Surf Blanks
successfully created the world’s first-ever recycled polyurethane foam surfboard
blank in November 2008, a feat widely considered impossible throughout the surf
industry. Producing eco-friendly foam blanks that are as durable and high
performance as all modern day shapes and materials, Green Foam Blanks has already
provided blanks to some of the industry’s top surfboard manufactures, including Matt
Biolos, Channel Islands, Rusty, Doc, Timmy Patterson and Pat Rawson. Green Foam
Blanks are manufactured at Just Foam in Oceanside, Calif.

About ReSurf Recycling
Established in 2007 as a philanthropic endeavor with a mission to clean up the
industry, ReSurf Recycling is a first-of-its-kind systematic solution to clean surf
industry waste. ReSurf Recycling offers both surfers and shapers convenient methods
to recycle their old boards, wetsuits and manufacturing waste. Highlighting its
unique recycling methods, ReSurf Recycling invented a unique process of recycling
used surfboards into asphalt suitable for paving city roads, as well as recycling
neoprene from used wet suits into yoga mats. ReSurf is endorsed by leading surf and
environmental organizations, including SIMA, the Surfrider Foundation and Montec,
inc (civil engineering).

About Just Foam
Founded in Oceanside, Calif. by Scott Saunders in 2004, Just Foam manufactures top
quality polyurethane surfboard blanks. Beyond supplying top surfboard shapers with
durable foam blanks, Just Foam was originally created as a vehicle to support
community rehabilitation centers by employing individuals from these organizations
and training them with a goal to move them into mainstream employment within the
community. Just Foam teamed up with Green Foam Blanks in 2008 to help produce the
first-ever recycled polyurethane surf blank and is the exclusive manufacturer for
all Green Foam Blanks. Just Foam’s supplies have been approved by the local Fire
Authority and are authorized for use in the manufacturing industry by the state of
California. Just Foam does not manufacture any chemicals onsite.

Posted by Cameron on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 in Press Releases.

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  • Ahmed Perez Says:

    I am a professional Latin American surfer that will like to talk to Joey Santley, related to the eco foam and the possibility of tell my shaper in East Coast USA to get the blanks for my boards and help the.

    Kind regards,


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