Innovator David Sweet leaves behind Surfboard Legacy
Polyurethane surfboard innovator Dave Sweet passed away in May in Los Angeles, California at the age of 86. Sweet is recognized and remembered in the surfing community for his development and production of surfboards with a polyurethane foam core.
According to Surfer Magazine, after coming in contact with polyurethane foam in 1952, Sweet began the development process of a surfboard with a foam core. After many trials he successfully achieved his goal. Sweet crafted a surfboard with a polyurethane foam core weighing in at approximately 25 pounds, remarkably lighter than the wooden surfboards he grew up riding. Surfboards with a lightweight polyurethane foam core provide surfers with just as much control and buoyancy as traditional wooden boards; making PU boards popular among professionals and just-for-fun surfers.