Foam is Dead, Long Live Foam

Futurism was just as trendy as the retro movement during the 1990s and early 2000s. Two throw-ahead  two scenarios in particular—both of which had been around for decades—fired people’s imaginations. One was high-quality engineered surf. The other was the post-polyurethane surfboard.

Design work has always been the sexy part of surfboard manufacturing. The hot curl, Malibu chip, plastic machine, Thruster, fish—these were the boards, and the breakthroughs, that people remembered. Surfboard con...

In 2002, Surfer named foam magnate and recluse Gordon \"Grubby\" Clark the sport’s second-most powerful figure. The magazine dug out a 25-year-old photo: Clark is balding and middle-aged