Los Angeles, California-Clark Foam, a pioneering developer of surfboard blanks made from polyurethane foam, is reported to be closing, and proprietor Gordon Clark blames federal and state regulation-with potential stiff penalties-for his shut-down, say US news reports.
The foam maker was the first to develop the process of making blanks that led to the mass production of PU surboards, says a piece in the Los Angeles Times. Now the firm reportedly makes two thirds of the blanks used in the US, so its closure will have major repercussions in the surfboard sector.
In the picture are some historical surfboards on display last summer at the Eden Project in Cornwall, as part of the conservation group's project to develop and promote more eco-friendly surfboards using natural recyclable materials.
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Los Angeles Times (California) story