LEADING THE INDUSTRY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS)
Treehouse custom surfboards are crafted around a stringerless EPS foam core. We purchase locally made EPS foam manufactured on state of the art machinery in Sydney and hand-profile our own blanks to ensure consistency in shape and density. Modern fused cell EPS is water resistent, light weight and has fantastic shock absorbing properties, making it ideal for surfboards. The manufacture of EPS foam does not involve the use of toxic isocyantes used in the production of regular surfboard blanks. EPS is fully recyclable and all of our off-cuts are returned to the manufacturer.
Entropy 'Super Sap' Bio-epoxy Resin
All Treehouse custom surfboards are built using Entropy 'Super Sap' epoxy resin. The use of this resin results in a stronger, tougher, more durable board without any increase in weight. In the production of their resins, Entropy use raw materials which are co-products or waste products from other industial processes. Petroleum-based carbon is replaced in part with renewable plant based carbon. By doing so, Entropy have been able to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of their resins by 50% over conventional petroleum based epoxies. Entropy resin contains fewer Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) than polyester resin which is traditionally used in surfboard production, making it healthier to use for the glasser.
Flax Fibre Cloth
Flax fibre cloth is an engineered reinforcement fabric made from the bast of the flax seed plant. While flax fibre is one of the oldest cultivated fibres for textiles, it is only recently that its use as a fibreglass substitute has been acheived. Incorporate flax fibre cloth in your next custom board to add a great earthy look and to lower your carbon footprint
S-glass Fibreglass Cloth
The vast majority of surfboards on the market are built using E-glass cloth. This cloth has become standard across the surfboard industry due to it's low cost. We use a higher grade fibreglass cloth on all our custom boards called S-glass. When compared to E-glass, S-glass laminates show significant improvements in tensile strength, flexural strength, flexural modulus and compressive strength. S-glass laminates also exhibit improved impact resistance and toughness.
Hoop Pine Timber Deck Laminate
Hoop Pine is an Australian tree endemic to Northern New South Wales and Queensland. It is commercially grown for timber in sustainably managed plantations. Used as a boat building timber in the past, its light colour, straight grain and density make it the perfect material for the 'deck laminate' or 'deck stringer' characteristic of Treehouse boards. While looking great and giving the board a smooth and predictable amount of flex, this timber laminate also improves the boards' strength and ability to resist deck compressions. A timber deck is a great option if you want years of use out of you next Treehouse custom surfboard.