Steve Pike

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

It’s al­ways been an irony that surf­boards are toxic when surf­ing is meant to be pure.

The smelly fumes of polyurethane are a far cry from the pris­tine free­dom of the deep blue sea.

Clark Foam, who were the big­gest man­u­fac­turer of the foam blank that forms the core of most mod­ern surf­boards, was closed down in 2005 due to en­vi­ron­men­tal ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

The surf­ing world went into a spin af­ter the flow of 1 000 blanks a day dried up overnight. Surf­board shapers and surf shops around the world pan­icked.

Gor­don Clark, who was 72, had man­aged to com­man­deer

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