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A campaign to help shift the classically toxic art of surfboard building into a more environmentally responsible craft.

My project is all about environmental and community responsibility.  I'm a custom surfboard builder that wants to help make a change in our toxic industry while also taking action to help protect a rare California coastal habitat.     

I want to build a line of environmentally friendly-er surfcraft to offer at an upcoming art show and auction, then pay it forward by donating the profit from the show to a great local organization.  The boards will bring attention to environmentally conscious surfboard building materials while allowing me to expand my horizons as a small business and at the same time donate a lump of cash to a worthy cause...I can't think of anything better!

The funding of the campaign will allow me to use plant-sap based resins and recycled foam products to build a collection of beautiful surfboards.  Once my work is finished I'm going to hold an art show/silent auction and donate the profit from the line's sales to the Save Naples Coalition, a small group of people helping to protect one of the last areas of privately owned coastline on the Gaviota coast from major development.   

Larger scale change is always spurred on by grass roots efforts that raise consumers' expectations.  I want to be part of the challenge and help change the demands that customers put on our industry.  

As surfers, we rely completely on our environment for our pleasure, and we tax it heavily in the process.  The act of building a surfboard has been known for a long time to be very toxic, yet the industry has turned a blind eye towards the effect that it has on our surroundings as well as the effect it has on the people who build them.  The chemicals contained in polyester resins and polyurethane foams are extremely high in VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) and are widely known to cause cancer and serious health problems.  Not only does using better materials turn a surfboard more environmentally sound, it creates a healthier environment for the builder.  

The resins that I want to use, in place of VOC-rich polyester, are a plant-sap based resin which is extremely strong and readily available.  Not only do they put less strain on the environment in production, they have the potential to outlast traditional products, making the demand for new surfboards far less.

The technologies required to make a better surfboard are no longer experimental, they're high quality and available for those willing the invest the time and money necessary.  The materials are new and cost more than traditional ones but create a valuable and conscious product. 

I'm excited for the possibilities ahead and the projects that will come from your support!

Wanna learn more about Save Naples?  http://www.savenaples.org/

For more info on Entropy's unreal Sap-based resins check out http://www.entropyresins.com/.

And if you want to learn more about my obsession, check out my work in and around surf craft at www.RLovelace.com, or check my blog for near-daily updates (over three years of 'em now!) at www.pcProgress.blogspot.com 

Thank you SO much for your time and donation if you choose, I'm humbled and honored to be able to do what I do for a living with or without this campaign.  I'd like to do my part to make it healthier for all of us and our ocean as I find my way through it!

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    You're gonna get one sly wink and one thousand thank-you's from me, sent trough time and space, instantly!

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    The aforementioned wink, as well as a beautiful stoke-enducing photograph worth framing (you might even find the secret thank-you note on the back if you can divert your gaze from the photo's awe inspiring beauty) and a few understated Ryan Lovelace Surf | Craft stickers to show the whole parking lot that you know how to support a good thing!

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    Oh man, now we're cookin'. You know what? If you pledge $100 or more, I'll send you a special limited edition Ryan Lovelace Surf | Craft t-shirt. THEN I'm gonna burn your name into the wooden walls of my shop in one beautiful list to commemorate this project and how awesome you are! Seriously. It's gonna be awesome.

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    Hey, for that kind of generosity I'll burn your name into the walls of my shop, then mail you a hand-made book just like the ones that I gave to my parents this year for christmas! The covers are Baltic birch lined and accented with canvas, and the inside is chock-full of beautiful photos of my boards being built, surfed and shared around the world.

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    This'll get your name forever embedded in my walls, a limited edition t-shirt, and THEN a beautiful hand-foiled wood fin [by yours truly] glassed with the plant-based resin that I'll be using in my new line of boards. They'll be nicely framed so that you can look at it while you're at home and think about surfing even more than you already do.

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    For this kind of overflowing show of positive action you'll get the beautiful enviro-fin, and even invite you out to my shop on the coast of northern Santa Barbara for a day of shaping and working with the new materials. We can drink coffee (or tea?), play with my dog/life coach Herbie, explore the greenhouses, and get our hands dirty on unique surfboards if you're up to the challenge! And you bet your name is gonna get burned into my shop walls, too.

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    You wanted a reward that includes a custom surfboard AND your strong, beautiful name branded on my shop walls? Well here it is! For your extremely generous donation of $2000 or more you'll get a custom designed and built environmentally conscious surfboard and you're more than invited to come watch me build it by hand, in front of your very own pair of eyes. Get dusty, smell the plant-based resins in the air, and realize a more responsible way to carry on this honorable craft! All I ask is that I can hug you when you arrive, you beautiful human being.

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