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The final Clark Foam surfboard mold produced before the company abruptly shut down in 2005. This 6’7 R “Concave + forward vee” was glassed and signed by many of the biggest names in the surfing industry including but not limited to the late Terry Martin, the late Larry Gordon, Skip Frye, Mike Hynson, Robert August, Reynolds Yater, Don Hansen, Bing Copeland, Phil Edwards, Larry Bertlemann, Peter Townend, David Nuuhiwa, Corky Carroll, Bill Hamilton, Randy Rarick, Paul Strauch, Steve Walden, Joe Roper, Rich Chew, Don Craig, and many others.
Over it’s 40 year history, Clark Foam was the world’s leader in the production of foam surfboard blanks — foam slabs which are reinforced with one or more wooden strips, also known as “stringers” that were cast into the rough shape of a surfboard then delivered to surfboard shapers to create finished surfboards. Clark Foam supplied between 70-90% of the market, maintaining a veritable monopoly in the United States. They dominated the competition by producing an estimated 350,000 to 400,000 blanks per year, or 1,000 – 1,500 blanks per day. On Dec. 5, 2005 the company abruptly shut down, citing difficulties with government regulatory agencies over the chemicals and equipment used in addition to claims filed against Clark Foam by former employees. The abrupt closing of Clark Foam sent shockwaves through the industry and left surfboard shapers scrambling for new foam blank suppliers. Since Clark Foam closed doors, surfboard manufacturing has turned to new and innovative materials, such as carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, hollow blanks, and new “flex” materials used by various companies. Despite the new materials on the market, many surfers still prefer polyurethane and EPS foam shaped surfboards.
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