Naturally durable, light weight and beautiful

Paulownia is a tropical tree that is ideal for those looking to source a renewable, natural material for production. Fast-growing, it re-crops quickly, has a dense root structure to help stabilize soil and reduce erosion and grows well in fire-damaged forest zones. Its large, dense leaves rapidly create a rich floor loam after leaf drop.

Its light, straight structure and resistance to water or resin absorption makes it a favorite among airplane and boat builders. These characteristics make it an ecologically sound and material with ideal mechanical properties for the production of light weight, highly durable SUPs.

Advantages of Paulownia:

– Fast-growing, even in poor soils
– Dense root structure to help prevent erosion
– Doesn’t absorb water
– Light weight, strong and straight fiber

An ancient technology stronger than fiberglass

In Western Europe flax is cultivated along a coastal band stretching across southern Normandy to Northern France. Modern growers have by and large kept to the ancient methods in producing the high quality flax that now serves as the base for developing tough, durable
fibers for industrial applications. The excellence of their product stems from a unique combination of damp ocean climate, rich soil and a highly prized understanding of historic techniques handed down through the generations.

Flax is leading the way in the quest for clean, high-performance materials. Growing flax requires neither irrigation nor defoliant
chemicals and also is a carbon sink. Useful right down to its roots, flax produces no waste. Researchers have achieved considerable progress in adapting the long flax fibers to production of highperformance composites.

Advantages of Flax Fiber:

– Natural, bio-degradable material
– Low energy consumption in production
– Not affected by UV exposure
– 40% lighter than fiberglass fiber
– Excellent resistance to flexion
– Absorbs vibration

Comfortable, natural, renewable

Cork comes from the Cork Oak Tree which grows in the Mediterranean basin. “Cork” is actually the bark of the tree, formed by build up of dead plant cells that protect the living tree trunk and branches.

It takes 8 years for the bark to grow sufficiently for harvest. Its high rot-resistance and waterproof qualities make it a much-used material in modern eco-homes. A soft, supple feel under foot, non-slip properties and beautiful aesthetic help explain why we’ve chosen to use this material in the deck pads of all EARTH SUP boards.

Advantages of Cork:

– Natural, renewable resource
– Water and rot resistant
– Non-slip surface
– Comfortable and Beautiful