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One of the most popular summer yoga activities is SUP yoga or stand up paddleboard yoga. Many yoga practitioners have taken to the beach or lake to do yoga asana, vinyasa, and even acroyoga while balancing on a paddleboard. Surftech and BLOOM have announced a collaboration to produce paddleboards made out of algae blooms that harm waterways.

BLOOM is also the company which collaborated with Vivo Barefoot for a running shoe also made out of algae. Although the products are not yet biodegradable, they hope that their sustainable technology can help clean the oceans and waterways from damaging algae blooms that kill marine life and damage ecosystems.

Surftech Forges a Path to Sustainable SUP Boards, Collaborates with
Like-Minded Partners [PRESS RELEASE]

The collaboration includes designs from lifestyle brand prAna; and materials development company, BLOOM

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2017)—Carlsbad-based Surftech, a stand-up paddle (SUP) and Surfboard manufacturing company announces its collaboration with BLOOM, a materials development company, to develop deck pad traction on select 2018 models of paddleboards.

“Surftech is very conscious about making products with environmentally-friendly materials when we can, and we are proud to partner with BLOOM,” said Surftech’s product director, Dan Watts. “Our waterways are our playgrounds, so we will do everything we can to keep them clean.”

While not yet biodegradable, BLOOM foams offer a significant step forward in the manufacture of flexible foams. A single Surftech paddleboard using BLOOM foam returns 176 gallons of clean, filtered water to habitat and keeps approximately 123 balloons of CO2 (12” birthday balloon equivalent) from entering the atmosphere. “We’re excited about our collaboration with Surftech as they are an established market leader within the paddleboard industry. We hope they will be a beacon for others in the industry to consider their environmental impact in all that they do,” said Rob Falken, BLOOM’s managing director.

The Surftech boards featuring Bloom deck pads will debut on July 26th to retailers and attendees of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, and September’s Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. The boards are expected to hit retail globally early 2018.

About Surftech
Shaping the Art of Technology: Surftech was founded in 1989 in a quest to find and utilize new technologies that would bring game improvement to surfers of all abilities everywhere. We build boards for many of the best and most popular surfboard brands on the planet and we were the first to do it! Today we continue to employ the most advanced materials and manufacturing techniques available. We continue to push every boundary utilized in manufacturing, while also attaining a high level of sustainability. We build what others can only dream of doing.

About BLOOM
Founded in 2015, BLOOM is an American performance-based materials manufacturer based in Meridian, Miss. with operations in San Diego, Calif. BLOOM uses algae biomass harvested from freshwater sources around the world, (like lakes, rivers, and ponds) at high risk of algal bloom. Using algae biomass helps improve technical performance and offsets the use of petroleum ingredients found in conventional foams.

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