TIMBERTEK represents a significant step forward towards the holy grail of any product designed and manufactured in today's environmentally conscious world. While by no means sustainably built, Firewire's TIMBERTEK has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today.
Grant Newby, a talented Australian craftsman first turned us on to the potential of this construction, and following his lead, our internal R&D and production crew worked tirelessly to make this tech possible in a production setting. Building one-offs or small quantities is one thing (and not to be discounted), but it took a tremendous effort to overcome all the issues that arose as we tweaked the original recipe to increase performance and build reasonable quantities. Of course having our own vertical factory was a huge help.
The combination of a lightweight EPS core, sustainably-grown wood deck skins, Firewire's proprietary parabolic rail construction, and anEntropy bio-resin hot coat yield an extremely lightweight, durable surfboard with ALL of the high performance flex characteristics of Firewire's existing technologies. Even more impressive, the physical properties of the raw materials involved have allowed us to reduce exterior lamination significantly, furthering the reduction of the board’s carbon footprint. Or as we like to describe TIMBERTEK, it's simply High Performance Art.
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We're super stoked on the new 'TIMBERTEK' construction, both in terms of its performance and its 'green' credentials. While we're still a long way away from a 'cradle-to-cradle' surfboard, that is a surfboard that is 100% recycled, Timbertek does represent a significant step forward in that direction.
That said, I do want to point out an error in the Timbertek product description in our printed catalogue, should you come across one. In the catalogue there is a reference to a 50-fold reduction in the carbon footprint associated with our surfboards which is not correct. That 50-fold reduction is referring to the VOC's emitted by a Firewire surfboard during its manufacture and over its lifespan versus a comparable PU foam/Polyester resin surfboard. Our apologies for the error.
Granted this may be a relatively minor detail that most of you would not have noticed, but we pride ourselves in presenting accurate information about our surfboards and we did not want to give the wrong information without a correction.
CEO Firewire Surfboards