Balsa

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Light-weight, porous wood used through the 1940s and 1950s as an essential key material for surfboard production. Balsa wood grows only in Ecuador and must be imported to the USA. It grew to become popular when laminating methods permitted surfboard cores to be sealed from making contact with water. By the very early 1960s it was mostly swapped out for polyurethane foam, but is still favored by some big wave surfers and as collector items.

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