Hemp Skateboards

From the Archive: 02-12-2009

Hemporium has been supplying hemp fabric to Ro at Earth Skateboard co for use in his bamboo composite skateboards.

Ro takes great pride in creating work-of-heart boards and has succeeded in getting as close to an organic board as is currently possible.

The boards made for Hemporium were used using bamboo sheets with 100% hemp canvas laminated between them using a soy based epoxy resin.

Ro says he is amazed by the properties of the hemp, especially the hemp/silk blend.

It is much nicer to work with than fibre glass or carbon fibre, and has the added bonus of acting as a slight shock absorber when riding at speed on a bumpy surface.

Bring on the fiber-grass!

The quest is on to minimise the impacts made by the sports like surfing and skating generally associated with a natural lifestyle, but often using toxic and non-biodegradable equipment.

Ro is a pioneer dedicated to working with materials that will bring extreme sportsman even closer to the nature they practice their sport in.

Look out for the prototype hemp/silk and bamboo laminate surfboard coming soon.

For more info visit www.earthskate.net

Hemporium has pioneered hemp building in South Africa, starting with “The House that Hemp Built” in Noordhoek Cape Town in 2011.

This house is a showcase for hemp products and includes hempcrete walls, hemp chipboard, hemp insulation, hemp carpets, curtains, couches and more.

We have since been involved in 4 more buildings, including a Soup Kitchen in Khayelitsha.

Hempcrete is the “better than zero carbon” building system. For more information please visit the “USES” section or click HERE for an article on the original house.

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