An institution of fiberglass and foam for the last 30 years, there's a good chance that your surfboard was laminated at Global Glassing in Oceanside, California.
On December 16th, at 11:30 a.m. the busy surfboard factory was working to finish Christmas orders when a chemical reaction involving acetone started a fire that quickly engulfed the entire industrial building; causing $500,000 dollars worth of damage and putting ten people out of work. One non-fatal injury was reported as six employees were luckily able to get out of the building as it shot up in flames.
Global Glassing produces boards for Channel Islands, Slater Designs, Firewire, Chemistry, Avasin and a wide array of other Southern California surfboard builder. Their destruction will have reverberations through the entire board building community.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help those displaced by the fire. If you are able to, please click here to donate.
The guys at Global — and others like them — are the backbone of the entire surfing experience. Their job is critical but they don't always receive the praise or the pay they deserve. Let’s help these guys purchase new tools and get back to work. —Jake Tellkamp