bamboo skateboards (?!)

http://www.bamboosk8.com/assets/images/pics/decks/img-1850.jpg bamboosk8 is a company that makes skateboards out of bamboo. standard skateboards are generally made from maple veneers, which are strong, lightweight, and easy to shape. the 'green' benefits of bamboo are well known, in that it is cheap, grows very quickly, and is very durable, but apparantly it is even better for skateboards than traditional maple too!

from the site:

Bamboo is significantly stronger than maple and has a greater strength-to-weight ratio.  According to the Wood Handbook (USDA), in a hardness comparison, the pressure to indent is 1639 lbs. versus 1450 lbs. in hard maple.  The hardest is hickory pecan which is around 1820 lbs.

Due to the bamboo fibers being small and tightly pressed, they have intense memory (rebound to its natural state) resulting in great pop.  The modulus of elasticity is much higher again comparing bamboo at 10,600 MPa to 10,450 MPa for maple with a modulus of rupture of nearly 8,000kPa in favor of bamboo.

impressive! the website has a video (below) of people snapping their maple decks to get hold of a bamboo one, which makes for strange but funny viewing. i can't find a price for individual boards but it could mean in a big change in the industry!

link to original core77 article

link to bamboosk8 website