Did you know that polyurethane helped popularize and bring surfing into the mainstream in the 1950s?
So the story goes: after World War II, interest in surfing was on the rise in the United States. However, boards back then were made from wood and were often too clunky and cumbersome.
It took a polyurethane redesign of surfboards in 1955 for the sport to really take off. A surfer named Lorrin Harrison saw the potential for polyurethane, a relatively new substance at the time, to make boards stronger, faster and lighter than ever.
Today, most polyurethane surfboards are made in the...Athletics