El Portobello: The Mushroom Surfboard

Two surfers out of southern California have produced the first 100% biodegradable surfboard, named “El Portobello”. Similar to the industry lecture in class, SurfO founders David Purser and Daniel Del Toro filled a mold with mulch and inoculum in an attempt to form a surfboard. Ecovative, a company out of New York, provided the dehydrated mushroom materials. It took several years and apparently a few thousand dollars before they had a decent blank (without clover contamination). After drying and shaping by hand, the board is coated with a plant-based resin and hemp cloth. As of right now, there is only one and it is in a surfing culture museum. They are still working to acquire materials and space for producing marketable surfboards.


















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