Friday, November 21, 2008

Feedback from Dave Rastovich


Just to recap: legendary free surfer, Dave Rastovich was generous enough to test a "Nomad" shape bioboard in Indo. Back in July of this past summer, we drove down to meet Dave in the dark moonlit parking lot of a local mexican restaurant in Leucadia, CA. We talked shop for a couple hours with Dave about boards, materials, and shared construction ideas. He's very informed and knowledgable when it comes to board construction and has put some serious thought into what he rides. So for us, he was one of the most ideal testers to see what our boards could do.

Dave was able to share his feedback with us after his month long jaunt in Indo. We're glad he liked the board.....here's some of the positive words he had to say:

"Just got home from Indo- had many sessions on the board .... Weight feels great! The buoyancy of the sugar foam in the water is a little more than standard PU foam, though not as buoyant as Extruded Styrofoam etc.. I felt the foam was a great buoyancy for me.

Strength was great, very few depressions on the deck from my feet, which is great, cause I usually put my feet through boards that aren't strong. Also, I rode the board at 6 ft Macaroni's, 8ft plus HT's and 5ft Kandui. These were all days that were very powerful and hollow, I didn't come out of lots of tubes and the board never broke. So I feel that the foam is quite strong in that regard as I really put it to the test over there......

SHAPE- The board went super fast. It was a little slow to throw around when hitting the lip, but down the line it went very fast and held a strong line. There is a little extra weight and size than I am used to so I think that is what made it feel a little slow off the top. Though in the tube, down the line, off the bottom and through cutbacks the board felt strong, responsive and fast.

All round I am stoked on it and feel you guys have something that is successful.....

Talk soon guys. Stoked on the craft. I will send through a shot or two...

dr "

Thanks to Dave for sharing his thoughts and helping us progress!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Entropy on Extreme Scence, KNBR 1050 AM radio

Desi and I did a fun little interview on the Extreme Scene Radio show with hosts/pro athletes Cyrus Saatsaz, Steve Blankenship, and Omar Etchevery. Super cool and entertaining guys. Desi even got to hang out and talk throughout the show. Much thanks to the Extreme Scene guys for helping us get the word out!

Extreme Scene page: http://theextremescene.com/node/92

click here to launch iTunes and download the free podcasts (see Oct 18th, Segments 1-4): http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=268150014

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hess / Entropy Collab @ Sacred Craft Show, Oct. 11 & 12
















We're honored and stoked that Danny Hess included us in a project for this year's Sacred Craft show. Danny is a renowned craftsman / surfer / environmentalist who has been building beautiful wooden surfboards long before green was in.

He built this little thruster from all sustainable and salvaged woods. We're glassing the board and his hand foiled bamboo fins with our bio-epoxy. It's being auctioned off for charity. Come check it out at Sacred Craft in Del Mar, CA. on Oct 11 & 12. http://www.surfboardshow.com/

Also pictured is a 6'4" version of the Nomad we had built for Rasta to demo. Bamboo inlay.

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Update: Here's the feedback we got from Danny about the collaborative board we glassed for him (10/29/09):

"I've really been impressed with the resin. Impressive impact strength and elongation. I've been loaning this demo board out for the last couple years. It's been to Japan and Indo. Not a single pressure ding or ding of any kind. "

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Under the Sun Movie


We recently co-sponsored Cyrus Sutton's new surf documentary tour called "Under the Sun". Cyrus is a really talented surfer/artist/director who's been doing some really great stuff both in and out of the surf scene. His latest movie documents the dichotomy of two surf regions in Australia....Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Check it out: http://www.underthesunsurfmovie.com/

Here's a cool little flextail we glassed for Cyrus and his shaper, Jake Moss (Moss Research Surfboards). We glassed it in our signature Eco-System construction: Ice-9 Sugar Foam, organic hemp deck patch, and bio-epoxy resin.

If you happen to be going to the Sacred Craft show this month, they'll be screening Cyrus' movie throughout the weekend.














Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Entropy featured in Forbes Magazine

A writeup about Entropy in the Entrepreneur section of the Sept'08 issue of Forbes magazine.

http://www.forbes.com/business/forbes/2008/0901/058.html

Bioboard put to the test in Tavarua




























Here's our take on the ever popular bat tail quad.....bioboard style!
Dims: 6'5" x 19 1/2" x 2 5/8"
Weight 6.5 lbs.

Ice9 Cane Formula foam, Hemp deck patch, Bioepoxy lamination. We installed the Pro-Box fin boxes (w/ adjustable fin cant) setup with Futures Vector II's Scimitar 451 fins (Thanks to Larry Allison).

This board wound up going with our friend Jay Robertson from the Big Island of Hawaii on his 2 week jaunt to Tavarua. Although this shape was more geared toward mushy, smaller wave punting, it got put to the test in heaving overhead barrels anyway. Jay said he was really amazed by the board's durability and passed it around to friends. Lucky for us, prolific surf photog and Tavarua pioneer, Tom Servais, was there to capture Jay getting some insane cover-ups (see above photos). 


Here's what one of his friends from Oahu, Dolan, had to say about it:

"..... I rode the quad fin you gave Jay and was impressed with the construction quality and design. The board was a bit wide in the tail for me and the barreling waves we had but rode fast and was able to turn it in the critical turns, again the tail made hard turns a bit difficult but that may have been because we had such good fast waves....What I can tell you is my overall impression of the materials. I am very impressed with the materials you're using and was talking it up within our group. The board was light and stiff and had a overall good aesthetic appeal. I recall seeing absolutely no deck pressures after a week of surfing hollow waves and hard turns. The material is strong and light. As an environmentally-oriented person I am willing to sacrifice a little bit of flex in the blank in order to have a more environmentally sustainabale board that is not toxic and will last longer than the typical polyester board. I have a bunch of old boards under the house I never surf because they are old beat up and have huge pressures on the deck and the like. I would much rather have a couple of good boards that last a long time. "

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bioboards for Dave



We recently built a couple of bio-boards for pro surfer and enviro-activist Dave Rastovich. These swallow tail quads were hand built by shaper/glasser DJ Dreiling and myself, specifically for Dave's recent trip to Indo where he really gets to push the limits of shapes and materials. Both boards use Ice9's Cane formula foam, and Pro-Box boxes. The one on the left was glassed with our bio-epoxy and fiberglass (2x4 oz glass deck, 4 oz glass bottom). The one on the right (green laps) was glassed in our "Eco-System" style of board building (vac bag 4.7 hemp + 2x4 glass deck, 4 oz glass bottom). Chris and I personally met up with Dave to hand off the board and share ideas about surfboards and sustainable materials. Dave was really gracious about our efforts, and we hope he'll give us some good feedback upon his return. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bio-Epoxy Resin now at www.entropyresins.com













UPDATE: We are now selling our bio-based epoxy resins through WWW.ENTROPYRESINS.COM . Please go there for more information on our sustainable epoxy system.

Thanks!!!

-Rey Banatao

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

9'1" Bomber Bioboard

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Brought the 9'1" Bomber Bioboard up to Ventura while a little south swell was in town. Tom Jina took her out for a spin and got some fun waves.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

6'3" Bioboard












6'3" version of "the One" shape in our Eco-System construction. An all-rounder performance board glassed in our Hemp & BioEpoxy formulation.

Aron took it out today on a mushy, grovely morning in 1-3 ft El Porto. Not ideal conditions for a shortboard, but he still caught a few waves. The Eco-System construction is more flexible than regular EPS/Epoxy boards. Aron's feedback was that the board has plenty of drive and was lively.....more to come. video

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Aron on 6'3" EPS/Epoxy "the One"




A small, mushy day at Sunset back in March. Aron putting his 6'3" to work.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

1st Annual Entropy Camp & Surf at Jalama



A killer springtime drive up the 101 led to a weekend of camping, surfing, grilling, eating, and dodging 30+ knot winds in Jalama Beach, CA. Thanks to everyone for sticking through and testing the Entropy boards in some of the worst conditions possible. Definitely a memorable weekend, but fun nonetheless. Thanks also to Luki and Brian for braving the wind, cold, and sandblasting to snap many of these shots.

Monday, February 25, 2008

the 6'6" Utility


Recently built 2 versions of the Utility shape. An EPS/Epoxy version, built for Wil of OneL Productions, uses our latest carbon-fuzed epoxy resin. As you can see, we are now able to get the resin to be bright white, rather than the previous black.








The bioboard version is glassed in 100% organic hemp and a bio-epoxy resin partially derived from plant materials. Given the camo look, I'm calling this one the "Eco-warrior" in honor of Suneil who we originally designed the shape for. Suneil also happens to be a real eco-warrior for The Nature Conservancy.




Dims:6'6"x20_1/2"x2_5/8"

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Homebreak away from Home


There's nothing better than surfing your homebreak on a good swell. Yeah, other spots may be bigger, more hollow, less crowded .... whatever. There's a spot in Hawaii (sorry I can't say exactly where) that we've been visiting for the past few years and there's this super-fickle reefbreak that only goes off on a BIG swell and in the narrowest of swell windows. In the years past, it always seems we just seem to miss the swells that make this place go off, so we usually have to find other spots to surf. Well, this time we finally got lucky and our visit was timed perfectly with a nice sized Hawaiian swell (i.e. North Shore was double to triple OH). This swell was able to wrap through for some fun-sized shoulder-head high surf, all day on friday.

I was able to test our 6'8" bio-epoxy/hemp board which made the quick pitching drops nicely. The EPS core keeps this board fairly light given the bio-glassing treatment and was super maneuverable and loose. Being a regular foot, I'm never great at surfing backhand. So we left this board with some friends who are full-time watermen and truly believe in the boards we're making. We're hoping they can give the bioboard a run for its money in some pure Hawaiian juice. Looking forward to hearing what they have to say. Thanks to the O.P. crew for helping us out with some R&D!
Saturday, the swell declined fast so we took to the SUPs for some fun, knee-high lefts. We rode the S.O.S. (Sean Ordonez Shapes) 11'11 and 10'10 Big Red and Big Blue shapes. Really versatile SUP shapes that can be surfed off the tail. http://www.sosshapes.com/2006/home.html


By Sunday, it was flat, so we took to the 6 man canoes, and were able to see and HEAR a group of humpbacks who had been hanging out off the coast for the past few weeks. Truly an incredible experience, especially to hear them communicate. Here's one our cousin Pete caught on his camera. Thanks to Danny for the paddle out.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bioboards at ISPO 2008

Got back last week from Munich, Germany where I spent the week at the ISPO 2008 Show to represent the prototype bioboards we designed and built. We're happy to say the boards were a hit and were nominated as a finalist for two awards, the Brand New Award and the Volvo EcoDesign Award. ISPO is pretty much the biggest sporting goods show in the world.... kinda like ASR on steroids. Everything and everyone in the action sports community was there, from pro-athletes to manufacturers to brands to concepts, complete with Euro-style fashion shows. Got lots of good feedback from the European action sports community, including many German river surfers. Even pro-snowboarder and new enviro-spokesperson for Rossignol, Jeremy Jones, stopped by and wished us luck. The Volvo EcoDesign Award was an impressive all-day event, with seminars and an Oscars-type awards show. We were honored to have been nominated for the boardsports category, alongside well-known brands like Arbor and Salomon. Below, you can see our board sitting atop a Firewire board. We were up against big companies with big budgets, so we really appreciate the ISPO and Volvo committees for recognizing our effort.

http://www.ispo-sportsdesign.com/award/categories/board-equipment.html

The reception for the concept boards was great and I got to hang out with some really cool folks, especially the guys from Finisterre, Folha Seca, and Kapitol Reef who were also nominated for the same awards. Finisterre makes some dope eco-conscious technical outerwear geared for the surfer. Cool vibe to their brand as well. Folha Seca is a Brazilian crew who designed a biodegradable skateboard using an open source approach to ecodesign.

Stay tuned!