The project is part of the Surf Science and Technology degree at the University of Plymouth, UK and involves looking into the performance of an environmental surfboard in comparison to an industry standard Polyurethane Fibreglass board, which has been the dominant materials for surfboard construction for far too long.

The production of its materials and the production itself has a huge environmental impact; surfing guilty secret, which has been kept very quiet. However in this age of carbon footprints and rising oil prices, it makes sense to adopt ‘greener’ materials.

They are many surfboards currently available that market themselves as being greener than the PU/fibreglass, however this isn’t hard considering the environmental damage of the petrochemicals and styrene involved in the production of surfboards, whereas the ‘green’ board will be manufactured using 40% plant based foam blank, 98% UV Bio resin and Bamboo weave matting, even the leash is 50% recycled, I am using a bio-plastic leash plug and hand shaped Bamboo fins, which will be waxed with one of the many environmental waxes.


Laura Enever 

Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) stamped her class, talent and authority on junior female surfing today, taking the Billabong Pro Junior Coffs Harbour in style.

With the hottest female surfing commodities’ on the globe converging on Park Beach today, it was Enever who was left standing; defeating prodigy Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) in the final.

“I’m so stoked,” Enever said after demolishing the final with a combined total of 15.17 (out of a possible 20).

Having been on verge of qualification for the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2008 and after an excellent season in Hawaii, Enever is poised to begin 2009 where she left off last year.

“To start the year in such a way is amazing and to surf with the likes of Tyler (Wright) in the final is awesome,” she said.

With a marked increase in swell and improvement in conditions, the final was a window into the future of women’s surfing; as the pair went wave-for-wave in the metre-and-a-half conditions.

“Conditions really suited me out there,” Enever added.

“I prefer it to be bigger and really enjoy being able to perform on such a stage.”

Despite running into a white-hot Enever, Tyler Wright was in great form throughout the event, heralding her star on the rise from the first heat.

Accruing a combined heat total of 10.70 (out of a possible 20), Wright was still happy with her performance.

“Coming second to Laura Enever is nothing to be ashamed of,” said a gracious Wright.

“She just out surfed me today, I don’t think there is much else I could have done.”


Riley Surfboards 

The victims of the deadly bushfires in Australia need assistance and support as soon as possible. Therefore Riley Balsawood Surfboards has teamed up with the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and United Links to lend their support and raise funds for the victims of the Victoria bushfires.

Funds will be raised by holding a raffle where the first prize is an Australian made Riley balsawood surfboard signed by the 2009 top 44 WCT surfers and past surfing world champions (this is an inestimable prize). Further prizes include Australian made, 100% organic cotton t-shirts and shaping DVD’s.

All proceeds of the raffle will go directly to the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund which was launched by the Red Cross in partnership with premier John Brumby and the federal government of Victoria. The fund assists the individuals and communities affected by the horrendous fires.

Raffle tickets can be purchased on for $10 each. Additionally, for every Riley organic t-shirt sold until March 26th $10 are donated to the fund and the customer automatically enters the raffle.

The raffle drawing will be held on 26.03.09 at 12 pm and the winner will be contacted via email and phone and will be announced on the website. The prizes will be sent anywhere around the world courtesy of United Links.