Santa Cruz Startup Makes Waves with 3D-Printed Eco-Surfboards

By: | June 14th, 2024

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A Sustainable Twist on California’s Surf Culture

California’s surf culture is getting a sustainable twist thanks to a Santa Cruz startup. This innovative company is crafting surfboards using a 3D printer, but the real kicker? Their printing filament is made from recycled hospital trays!

The Birth of an Eco-Conscious Business

Patricio Guerrero, the mastermind behind the project, began experimenting with 3D-printed surfboards in his garage in late 2022. The very first board he created sparked the fire for what would become a unique and eco-conscious business. Imagine a translucent surfboard with a stunning diamond pattern – that was Guerrero’s pioneering design, tested at the legendary Santa Cruz surf spot, Steamer Lane.

Collaborative Craftsmanship for Durability

Guerrero wasn’t alone in his mission. He partnered with a board designer to translate his vision into reality. To ensure the surfboard’s durability, they collaborated with local shapers who added a final layer of fiberglass. This combination of cutting-edge technology and traditional craftsmanship results in a one-of-a-kind surfboard that’s kind to the environment.

Recycling for Sustainability

The use of recycled plastic from hospital trays is a major win for sustainability. It reduces reliance on virgin plastic and gives discarded materials a new lease on life. This eco-friendly approach aligns perfectly with the spirit of Santa Cruz, a place synonymous with surfing and environmental consciousness.

Creating Waves for a Sustainable Future

This Santa Cruz startup is more than just riding a wave – they’re creating one. Their innovative use of 3D printing and recycled materials paves the way for a more sustainable future for surfing while staying true to the sport’s rich heritage.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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