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Meet the maker: A Q&A with Chris Hetem, a Mount Maunganui local making cardboard surfboards

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Meet the maker: A Q&A with Chris Hetem, a Mount Maunganui local making cardboard surfboards

While surfing is an activity that brings the person experiencing it closer to nature, the materials that surfboards are constructed out of aren't always environmentally friendly. A traditional material used for it, polyurethane foam, can be extremely toxic to the environment, but there are new, eco-friendly alternatives people are starting to turn to, such as cardboard. Mount-Maunganui based surfboard maker and iOS developer Chris Hetem talks us through the design process of crafting one.