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Title O'Shea Surfboard
Collection Museum of Design in Plastics: Arts University Bournemouth
Manufacturer O'Shea
Date 2009
Description This custom made swallow tail O'Shea surfboard, from the 2000s, has been shaped from a Styrofoam blank which forms the core of the board and then coated with a polyester resin. The blank is sawn, rasped and sandpapered into shape, spray painted and then given a final outer strengthening and waterproof coating. The board has removable fins and a leash to prevent loss of the board whilst surfing. It also has a shaped and padded storage or carrying bag. The structure of extruded polystyrene (Styrofoam) gives it moderate flexibility and a low density, a property which makes it virtually unsinkable. It is now a popular, lightweight and relatively inexpensive material from which to make surfboards.
Accession Number AIBDC : 005854
Dimensions height 1870mm, width 520mm, depth 65mm
Materials plastic, Styrofoam - trade name, XPS, extruded polystyrene, polyester resin
Notes Everyday objects, such as those in this collection, are sometimes difficult to research. If you have any information about this object please contact the museum on modip@aub.ac.uk.
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Method extruded Styrofoam core
Object Type board



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