Clean­ing up the ocean one board at a time

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Wellington surfer Jack Can­dlish, 29, is putting his $10,000 AMP Schol­ar­ship into his start-up busi­ness Or­ganic Dy­namic pro­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly surf­boards that pro­tect the ocean, in­stead of pol­lut­ing it (an av­er­age surf­board weigh­ing three kilo­grams will emit 300 kilo­grams of car­bon diox­ide).

Or­ganic Dy­namic use 100 per cent re­cy­cled EPS foam and sus­tain­ably grown Paulow­nia (a light­weight salt-re­sis­tant wood) sourced from a Waikato dairy farm. The boards are coated with En­tropy Bio-Resin. All of­f­cuts are ei­ther re­cy­cled or re-pur­posed into other prod­ucts. Can­dlish is also set to rent a space in Lyall Bay from late March, where peo­ple can see the boards be­ing made and try out demo boards, and also to carry stock and be­gin to sup­ply other surf board shapers around New Zealand with eco-friendly blanks and surf­board build­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Can­dlish has also made the de­ci­sion not to ex­port the boards over­seas which means re­duced fuel con­sump­tion but also means Or­ganic Dy­namic can re­pair any dam­age boards may in­cur to pre­vent them from ever go­ing into land­fill. “In­stead we are go­ing to sell and li­cense our tech­nol­ogy so that other board mak­ers around the world can make surf­boards for the lo­cal surfers from lo­cally re­cy­cled or lo­cally grown ma­te­ri­als,” says Can­dlish.

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