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Surfboards EnvironMENTALLY NICER?

Posted by DAVID KELLY

Started by Mike Olsen in 1977, Lib Tech  a US-based snowboard company known for unmatched techniques in ultra-durable, environmentally-friendly board production. During the 80’s and 90’s, Olsen’s passion led him to experiment with these techniques and apply them to surfboard materials, composites and designs. By the turn of the century, with the help of Pete Saari, he had invented an entirely new method which eliminated the need for harmful sandpaper, solvents and brushes and produced results on par with the time-tested standards of Lib Tech’s snowboards. Lib-Tech Factory in the USA Although Olsen has kept his techniques under tight wraps,...

Who is LOST Surfboards?

Posted by DAVID KELLY

1997 Lost Rounds Nose Classic The History of …Lost Surfboards  Now one of the biggest names in surfboard design, …Lost and Mayhem were not always household names. A little over two decades ago, Matt Biolos’s surfboard label was just beginning to gain traction in Southern California, where his short, wide, thicker boards were helping the average surfer rediscover their stoke for speed. "Guys buy my boards, and it's two-foot Trestles, and suddenly they're out there having the time of their life,” Matt once said. “I don't know. I'm just a big fat dude and I make boards that work for...

Who is Libtech and Why Surfboards?

Posted by DAVID KELLY

Mike Olsen When Mike Olsen started LibTech in 1977, most people had no idea that he’d one day be selling commercial surfboards. LibTech started as a snowboard company, creating lightweight alternatives to Burton and Sims, which dominated the market in the early years of the sport. But the company was actually founded on money that Olsen made by shaping surfboards. His roots have always been in the surf scene—it just took 30 years for the rest of the industry to recognize the value of his environmental focus. Olsen stopped shaping with polyurethane blanks in the early ’80s, long before epoxy...

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