Blank Monday

On December 5, 2005, Gordon "Grubby" Clark, owner of monolithic surfboard blank manufacturer Clark Foam, abruptly shut the doors of his Laguna Beach, California factory, throwing the surfboard industry into a panic. At the time of closure, at was estimated that Clark Foam was producing 90% of the polyurethane foam blanks—the core of the modern surfboard—in the U.S. market, and 60% of blanks used i...

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