23.11.2021

Cala Boards

Surfing through algae

Surfing and the aquatic world are inextricably linked, but unfortunately the latter is under severe threat: our fossil fuel-based economy is releasing large amounts of carbon, leading to rising water temperatures and harmful algae blooms, among other things. Surfboard brand CALA and the company BLOOM™ want to counteract this and have jointly developed surf mats made of sustainable algae foam, with which all CALA stand-up paddling boards are currently equipped. More info at www.calaboards.de and www.bloommaterials.com.

Surfboard mats made from algae foam
American company BLOOM™ began researching algae in 2007 as a novel sustainable resource to replace non-renewable fossil materials. Sebastian Grazzini, founder of CALA, and Ryan Hunt, co-founder of BLOOM, first met in 2019 to explore the development of more sustainable stand-up paddling products using BLOOM foam. In 2020, the project gained momentum and together the two companies began prototyping and testing premium pads on CALA boards made with BLOOM foams with customers.

Environmental problem algae bloom becomes a sustainable product material
Algae are the oldest photosynthetic organisms on earth and the origin of all plants and trees. Excessive CO2 emissions, global warming and water pollution are leading to excessive and environmentally damaging algae blooms. BLOOM has developed a practical recycling method for this: Algae can be an excellent substitute for some conventional plastics for many products. They grow up to a hundred times faster than plants and trees, produce more oxygen and sequester more carbon than all forests combined. BLOOM harvests algae from lakes and sewage treatment plants and dries it. Through extrusion, this algae biomass is combined with polymers to create resin pellets, which in turn can be used to make sustainable products.

Surfers are taking responsibility for the waters
Clean water and a healthy underwater world are vital not only for surfers, but for all of humanity. With the use of BLOOM's algae foam surf pads, CALA is taking an important step towards protecting and improving the habitat on and under the water: "We want all water sports enthusiasts not only to enjoy the fun and feeling of freedom they can experience on our boards, but also to actively support the protection of the oceans. We at CALA want to be a role model for this," Sebastian Grazzini explains the self-image of his CALA brand. "Working with CALA is exciting for BLOOM because it offers the opportunity to help the watersports industry develop more sustainable products using regenerative materials like algae," adds Ryan Hunt.

About CALA:
CALA was founded in Mexico in 2015 by well-traveled extreme athlete Sebastian Grazzini to bring a comfortably portable SUP board to market with maximum quality and for maximum durability. The mats of the CALA boards are made of sustainable seaweed foam from the BLOOM™ company. Whether on the ocean, lakes or whitewater, CALA offers durable, high-performance inflatable boards with premium designs that can withstand any adventure, no matter how crazy. CALA is committed to marine conservation and supports the Beyond Coral Foundation and the Ocean Concervancy organization, among others. CALA is distributed in Europe by HappyService GmbH. More information and shop at: www.calaboards.de

About BLOOM™:
Meridian, Mississippi-based BLOOM™ is transforming harmful and problematic algae into sustainable materials for consumer products that reduce their carbon footprint while cleaning the air and water. For more information about BLOOM™™ Sustainable Materials, visit www.BloomMaterials.com and follow @bloomfoam.

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