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Our Story

I began surfing in high school, and through that sport, my concern for ocean pollution grew until I was determined to do something about it. I was inspired to try to make something out of the pollution and trash I was seeing in the water where I surfed, and that is how I began making my own surfboards. When I realized that reusing trash to create surfboards would continue contributing to environmental pollution, I moved on to learning how to make my own boards out of typical materials, like EPS and fiberglass. I worked out of my garage shaping my own surfboards.

 

It was during this time that the idea for Mud Rat really took shape. I noticed the materials I was working with were having a negative affect on my health so, I began looking into making surfboard cores out of alternative, eco-friendly materials, as opposed to the typical, harmful materials that most boards are made of. I took advantage of the resources my school provided me, applied for grants, and got in contact with professors who could guide me on my project. I built a strong team around myself and learned how to run a business, all while researching and finding the right material to build my surfboard blanks. Now, Mud Rat is more than my passion, it is a business built to make the world a better place, keep our oceans clean, and keep our shapers safe.

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