Jeff Timpone has been building surfboards for 50 years. Not only is he one of the world’s most experienced shapers, he’s also on the cutting edge of sustainable surfboard manufacturing. In today’s show Jeff discusses his moral conflict about leaving California to surf Hawaii during the Vietnam draft. He reflects on early experiences with iconic surfers and shapers and how his work with the early strapped crew helped pioneer Jaws and define Maui’s surf identity. Enjoy!

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Garbage in, garbage out? For most professional production the idea of starting with good ingredients, will yield the best result. Barring any mishaps during the process, this notion is sound and foundational for producing good results. Yet, perhaps we need to update our understanding of what makes a good ingredient good. Take for example these surfboards, made with the highest quality of craftsmanship and innovative materials. Sounds like good inputs, but when you learn that our Maui Leaf Lite surfboards are built utilizing recycled EPS and epoxy from industrial waste, you will realize we are actually starting with garbage to build the highest quality surfboards! In this case the most relevant materials are sourced from waste-streams, reducing problematic waste and giving longevity to the ingredients. We consider these material valuable in challenging the status quo and the notion of needing “new, virgin materials” to produce excellent results. @sustainsurf @markofoamblanks @entropyresins

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How do we measure the things that are most important to us like: joy, love, health, liberties and trust –> sustainability? Yes, sustainability –> it is extremely vast and complex. Various metrics exist that allow us to measure elements within systems, giving us information about the interconnected nature of our life on Earth. These metrics can calculate quantitative measurements like: soil health, carbon footprints, waste streams, groundwater stability, and loss of biodiversity, just to name a few. These are very important factors in the pursuit of sustainability, yet equally as important qualitative factors must also be integrated. Qualitative elements like: justice, wellbeing, education, satisfaction, corruption, equality and politics, just to name a few. It’s these parts of life that are most challenging to measure with a common metric, and it’s these qualitative elements that determine our sustainability and our human experience. While we can measure ocean-acidification and endanger species, it’s not as straight forward to measure the integrity of our politicians, or the intellect of our philosophers and doctors. Sustainability is very holistic and very interconnected. To better understand it, we measure what we can, tangibles are the easiest to quantify, but the intangibles are harder, are in constant movement, and could be viewed as the marrow of life, or the foundation of sustainability.

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Intro Music: Taj Mahal, Queen Bee

Outro Music: The Kinks, Strangers


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