ECOBOARD @ Quik Science
ECOBOARDs help students win big at the 2012 Quik Science Challenge! The 7th Grade science team from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School placed 2nd at the Quik Science Challenge, with their project to explore greener options for making surfboards. The students did some impressive research on the environmental impacts of traditional surfboards made from polyester resin and poylurethane foam, as well as EPS / Epoxy based surfboards. They came to the conclusion that the best solution for significantly reducing those impacts would be to make boards from recycled EPS foam and a bio-based epoxy resin. Well… it just so happens that we agree with them, and we were honored to help them develop a community service project with Waste to Waves in support of their project. Over the 2011 December Holiday break, the kids rounded up a huge mountain of waste polystyrene foam at their school to be recycled via the Waste to Waves program. After that, we connected the class with two legendary SoCal shapers, Timmy Patterson and Cole Simler of San Clemente, CA, who were stoked to help bring the kids vision to life by working with them to make verified ECOBOARDS using a Marko recycled EPS foam blank and Entropy Super Sap bio-based, epoxy resin. These high-performance, sustainably-minded surfboards were on display on the main stage at the Quiksilver HQ during the awards ceremony of the Quik Science Challenge. So, Congrats to both the boys and the girls teams from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and don’t be surprised to see these groms ripping up the lineup in the future, on boards that don’t tear up the environment.