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27Oct 2016

E-Tech is an award winning environmentally friendly high performance surfboard and stand up paddleboard factory, that is the first of its kind in the world. Co-owners Todd Patterson and Ryan Harris opened their shop with one mission in mind: To demonstrate to the greater surfing community that there are greener and more sustainable surfboard production methods that will not compromise the performance of the board. In an effort to get this message out, E-Tech has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the industry to facilitate the transformation of surf culture and surf industry into one powerful community that strives to protect the ocean playground.

E-Tech is known for working with the advanced renewable and recycled materials such as recycled EPS foam board blanks instead of polyurethane or polystyrene. Entropy Resins sap-based bio-based-resin instead of polyester resin. Natural ampliTex flax fabrics to replace fiberglass coating and also to make carbon patches reforcement.

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27Jan 2016

The Ambient bio-based honeycomb paper board is made of mostly natural materials
from renewable resources and a low carbon footprint. The blank is made of 75% recycled
honeycomb paper with EPS rails. It is laminated with Bcomb ampliTex SURF natural flax fabric and
the glassing is done with Entropy Resin’s bio-epoxy. The visible natural fibres and honeycomb
paper emphasise sustainability while preserving the traditional high performance shape
of the board. The unique bio-based construction of this board makes this a sustainable
board with a low carbon footprint, a long life expectancy and minimized production waste.
We have begun to develop a 6”6 ft. surfboard. The construction is not only suitable
for surfboards but also for kite-wave boards, windsurfboards and SUP boards. The
chosen materials and innovative construction will be applied in standard mass
production.

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21Dec 2015

The Italian shaper from Passion Handcraft choose to use more sustainable materials to build his boards. Not only a direct benefit for planet earth but also for the surfer who enjoys superior performances. The kitesurf board’s deck reinforcement patches are made of ampliTex SURF flax fabrics. A tough material that also provides better vibration damping property, for a more comfortable ride and higher resistance to dings. AmpliTex SURF are low twist, light, high performance flax cloths, specialy developped to answer surf’s industry specific needs. To complete the layup, Passion Handcraft uses Entropy SuperSap resins, a high performance, bio based resin.

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25Aug 2015

Australian surfboard Samsara innovates with using the first white flax cloth, ampliTex SURF.

Jason Wigger, Samsara surfboard’s owner and mechanical designer, is a South hemisphere true pioneer in term of sustainable surfboard manufacturing. He’s been experimenting ampliTex flax fabrics for quite a while now, finding superior properties than glass in terms of strength, resistance, weight and surf performance. He’s now wrapping up surfboards with the new ampliTex SURF flax fabrics, which is from the look, hard to differentiate from a standart glass cloth!

AmpliTex SURF are made of 100% renewable resource, flax. To be produced, the flax fibers consume 1/10 of the energy needed to produce the glass one’s. ampliTex are also engineered to be the most performing natural fibers on the market, answering the direct needs of surfboard industry. Now with a white color, from a sustainable whitening technology, the fabrics prevents wax melting from sun light and offers limitless design possibilities.

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18Aug 2015

South Africa based company Hurricane Surf is experimenting new surfboard constructions with flax fibres cloth, ampliTex.
The ampliTex flax fabric, the most effective natural fibres currently on the market, fully sustainable, engineered with low twist for higher performances, makes the board significantly more resistant to surface pressure dents and also makes it really lively, resulting a surfboard that last longer and performs better!

The flax fabrics are laid by hand and resin coated, same process as glass fibers, the easiest and most common manufacturing process within the surf industry.

In terms of sustainability , to be produced, flax fibres require 10 times less energy than glass ones. They also 100% renewable, grown in Europe with little irrigation and fertalizer and free or GMO.

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03Aug 2015

California based surfboard maker, E-Tech (Earth Technologies), the number one eco-friendly workshop in Norh America, just produced the most eco friendly SUP to date.

E-Tech uses recycled EPS foam board blanks, Entropy Super Sap bio-resin instead of polyester resin and ampliTex flax cloth instead of fiber glass. A more environmentally friendly and durable SUP which is even more performant than the ones built traditionally . For instance, ampliTex is stronger than glass at equal flexural stiffness, which makes boards lighter and more resistant to surface pressure dents. The unique properties of flax fibres, also make the layup super-damping, saving the leg from fatigue while keeping a really dynamic and lively flex pattern.

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04May 2015

JY surfboards are built to last, with less environmental impact, locally produced and custom made. Running a surfboard repair shop, since 2006, Julian Yoshi noticed a change in the industry. Quality-wise, boards were not getting any better. Board design still evolves, but the production of surfboards is more centralised then ever.

“After being fed up with repairing Asia-made surfboards, we knew we could build surfboards better and more sustainable.”

JY uses ampliTex flax fabrics to add  superior strength to the surface of the board. Glassed with bio-based epoxy resins and shaped in EPS or Biofoam, JY is able to produce a surfboards that can be fully recyclable. This new approach towards surfboard design, production and recyclability makes JY’s products more resistant, more sustainable and innovative in their kind.

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01Apr 2015

The german Stand Up Paddle brand, Hu’Chu, has presented during the JEC show in Paris a new model with a layup made entirely with bio-based materials. It contains ampliTex flax fiber light fabrics coating and Entropy SuperSap bio-sourced resin. Daniel Roesner the shaper of Hu Chu boards is devoted to use of the most performing and sustainable products in his production.

Also, the surf shaper Julian Yoshi van Vlie AKA JY was displaying one of his last creation, made with ampliTex UD and 0/90° light fabrics + Entropy Super Sap resin.

No wonder why Hu’Chu’s et JY’s boards were among the main highlights on JEC’s natural composites booth!

More about Hu’Chu HERE

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08Dec 2014

MAKAI BOARDS, a Swiss SUP company, introduces for 2015, 2 brand new boards, that will become their new flagship products. The 2 models are designed for alpine lake use, fairly wide and cruisy boards with a specific shape that provides a perfect glide and motion on water. MAKAI choose to use  ampliTEx® Light flax fabrics to wrap up these boards. A more environmental friendly fabric than glass which is also stiffer at same weight.  This new material offers high compression strength, and damping properties, even the weight is slightly less than when using fibre glass. the Amplitex® Light flax fabrics give the boards a natural sleek look without any additional fibre glass. A look that stands out from the classic bamboo topsheets. Sweet on the eyes and perfectly match MAKAI’s image brand and values.

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The Makai Kikino “classic” 10’6 & the Makai Kikino “nautic” 10’6 / 11’6

 

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02Oct 2014

Australian surf shaper/manufacturer, ECS was formed in 2005 with one vision in mind, “to bring high quality performance boards to the market at reasonable prices”. Today ECS pursues its motto with the launch of a brand new technologie called Flex Fusion which blends carbon fibres with flax fibres, AmpliTex® Light, to create lighter and more performing surf’s lay-up.

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