- 03 October 2013 | Surfing
Bióm is the world's first certified 100% biodegradable and 99% bio-based surfboard foam.
The first manufacturing site will be located in the Netherlands, with production commencing in the third quarter of 2014. There are plans to develop US manufacturing in late 2014 or early 2015.
“Surfboards have been overwhelmingly made out of petroleum products since the 1950s. We’ve worked really hard to create an alternative that doesn’t compromise performance and that delivers tried–and–true characteristics for surfers, shapers, and glassers alike,” explains developer Rob Falken.
Tecniq and Synbra have teamed up to develop the new surfboard foam technology named Bióm. The new product utilizes converted locally abundant sugarcane biomass that is polymerized and expanded into rigid foam.
"For me, the best parts are that the foam is created entirely from a renewable resource and that dangerous chemicals are not used in production. This means the foam is drastically less toxic for the surfboard craftsmen during shaping, adds Falken.
Bióm will also find use in stand up paddleboards, wakeboards, skimboards, kiteboards, and other types of watercraft, and the foam boasts the ultra-eco use of benign CO2 as the sole blowing agent in the expansion process.