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August 28 2019
August 28 2019
Firewire Surfboards and Rob Machado introduce WoolightWoolight – a method of building surfboards with sustainably sheared wool from sheep shepherded on Pamu Certified farms in New Zealand. Firewire’s emphasis on sustainability goes beyond up-cycling EPS waste into paving stones or making traction pads using algaesourced from freshwater habitats. Every surfboard we make is built under Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD standard and Woolight is an extension of that – an effort to recognize that in some cases nature may have already perfected what man has created. In this case, fiberglass. Woolight uses half the fiberglass of a normal Helium build by substituting two sheets of fiberglass (one on the deck and one on the bottom) with two sheets of wool, thanks to a proprietary process invented by New Zealand surfboard builder and craftsman Paul Barron. From Paul: “I was laminating a board at my factory in Tauranga, New Zealand one day, and I spilled some resin on a wool jersey I was wearing, and that’s when it hit me – I could make a surfboard using natural fibers sourced in New Zealand. And not only is the wool a New Zealand made product, it works just as good, if not better than fiberglass.” Woolight is more than cosmetics. It looks colorful, yes, but the color is only dye added to wool within a build process that brings structural integrity to each Woolight board the same way that Paulownia wood brings strength and form to each Timbertek shape.