Surfboards are generally constructed of foam housed in resin and fiberglass, but New Zealand surfer Paul Barron is set to release his innovative WoolLight surfboard. Serving as a greener alternative to regular surfboards, the WoolLight rivals the durability of fiberglass and polyurethane. The process of making the material was developed by Barron and utilizes a vacuum-pressure technique that turns bulky wool into a thin composite of wool and bioresin.
The boards will be officially distributed by Firewire, who is initially producing 500 boards. Firewire is hoping to use the release of the WoolLight surfboard to gauge interest in the new material as an alternative to traditional surfboards. However, the material also has a host of applications outside of the sport as it could have practical applications in boat design, housing, and even the automotive industry.
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