The material is called Envirofoam, and is looking to be a solid choice for a sustainable blank material in the surfboard manufacturing process. Marko has also partnered up with Sustainable Surf to help their Ecoboard project which helps people find high performance surfboards with a reduced environmental and toxic impact. Marko is proud to be a part of this amazing process and introduce the first 25% recycled EPS blank.
I FOAM (CLOSED CELL EPS)
Polyurethane, PU, Poly foam is the norm for the surfboard industry. Its what the majority of surfboards are still made out of. PU has more of a dampening feel. the foam does not float as much as EPS. It's what 95% of pro surfers use. I still use poly on most of my shortboards and love using poly when I go on trips where I know there is going to be good waves!
ENVIROFOAM (RECYCELD EPS)
The Virgin surfboard blank is Marko’s staple product that has been in production since day one. This blank is made out of brand new EPS material with the ability to be completely recycled. Their Virgin EPS blank is available in a wide variety of densities (1.7pcf, 1.9pcf, 2.1pcf) allowing for the blanks to range from incredibly lightweight to much heavier depending on your preference. It is also much stronger than the standard polyurethane blank, while maintaining the facility to flex and stay lively in the water even after years of use. This material is closed cell making it water resistant, this enables easier board repairs while also keeping the blanks integrity intact.
The I Foam core is apressure molded closed cell material that is fused tightly together to eliminate water absorption keeping your board much more lively for a longer period of time. With the incredible strength of Epoxy glassing and resiliency of the I Foam material, damaging a board with an I foam core is significantly harder to do. The Epoxy glassing that is used also forms a strong bond to the material so no delamination occurs at any time. The memory of the I Foam core also adds to the performance of the board, allowing it to rebound under the rider’s feet and launch them into the next turn. I Foam is 100% recyclable.
VIRGIN EPS FOAM (STANDARD)