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Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 6, 60313 Frankfurt
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Telephone +49 69 34871257, +49 151 27074766
fun@calaboards.de

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23 Nov 2021

Surfing through algae

Surfing and the aquatic world are inextricably linked, but unfortunately the latter is under severe threat: our fossil fuel-based economy is releasing large amounts of carbon, leading to rising water temperatures and harmful algae blooms, among other things. Surfboard brand CALA and the company BLOOM™ want to counteract this and have jointly developed surf mats made of sustainable algae foam, with which all CALA stand-up paddling boards are currently equipped. More info at www.calaboards.de and www.bloommaterials.com.

Surfboard mats made from algae foam
American company BLOOM™ began researching algae in 2007 as a novel sustainable resource to replace non-renewable fossil materials. Sebastian Grazzini, founder of CALA, and Ryan Hunt, co-founder of BLOOM, first met in 2019 to explore the development of more sustainable stand-up paddling products using BLOOM foam. In 2020, the project gained momentum and together the two companies began prototyping and testing premium pads on CALA boards made with BLOOM foams with customers.

Environmental problem algae bloom becomes a sustainable product material
Algae are the oldest photosynthetic organisms on earth and the origin of all plants and trees. Excessive CO2 emissions, global warming and water pollution are leading to excessive and environmentally damaging algae blooms. BLOOM has developed a practical recycling method for this: Algae can be an excellent substitute for some conventional plastics for many products. They grow up to a hundred times faster than plants and trees, produce more oxygen and sequester more carbon than all forests combined. BLOOM harvests algae from lakes and sewage treatment plants and dries it. Through extrusion, this algae biomass is combined with polymers to create resin pellets, which in turn can be used to make sustainable products.

Surfers are taking responsibility for the waters
Clean water and a healthy underwater world are vital not only for surfers, but for all of humanity. With the use of BLOOM's algae foam surf pads, CALA is taking an important step towards protecting and improving the habitat on and under the water: "We want all water sports enthusiasts not only to enjoy the fun and feeling of freedom they can experience on our boards, but also to actively support the protection of the oceans. We at CALA want to be a role model for this," Sebastian Grazzini explains the self-image of his CALA brand. "Working with CALA is exciting for BLOOM because it offers the opportunity to help the watersports industry develop more sustainable products using regenerative materials like algae," adds Ryan Hunt.

About CALA:
CALA was founded in Mexico in 2015 by well-traveled extreme athlete Sebastian Grazzini to bring a comfortably portable SUP board to market with maximum quality and for maximum durability. The mats of the CALA boards are made of sustainable seaweed foam from the BLOOM™ company. Whether on the ocean, lakes or whitewater, CALA offers durable, high-performance inflatable boards with premium designs that can withstand any adventure, no matter how crazy. CALA is committed to marine conservation and supports the Beyond Coral Foundation and the Ocean Concervancy organization, among others. CALA is distributed in Europe by HappyService GmbH. More information and shop at: www.calaboards.de

About BLOOM™:
Meridian, Mississippi-based BLOOM™ is transforming harmful and problematic algae into sustainable materials for consumer products that reduce their carbon footprint while cleaning the air and water. For more information about BLOOM™™ Sustainable Materials, visit www.BloomMaterials.com and follow @bloomfoam.

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23 Nov 2021

Useful buying tips from the SUP pro

As the year draws to a close, it's slowly becoming time to start thinking about Christmas presents and good fitness resolutions for 2022. For all those who like to spend time on rivers, lakes and by the sea, the new trend sport stand-up paddling is perfect, because with the colourful boards, both inexperienced and advanced riders of all ages can go on relaxed tours.

But what are the most important buying criteria of a SUP board, which after all costs several hundred euros and more? Sebastian Grazzini, the mastermind behind the Mexican SUP brand CALA, which is conquering the European market this summer, knows them all
Especially for beginners, he has six useful tips for successfully buying a SUP board:

Tip 1: Pay attention to quality
Of course, it takes some effort to spend several hundred dollars on a piece of sports equipment that you have little or no experience with. But in order for you and often your family and friends to enjoy the board for a long time, you simply have to choose a better quality. However, if you ever regret the purchase, you can easily resell a used board.

Tip 2: Deciding between inflating and towing
Inflatable boards - iSUPs for short - are very popular because they combine many practical features: they have good riding characteristics, require little storage space and are easier to transport than fixed boards. Often a suitable transport backpack is included. They are not very susceptible to bumps and scrapes, but of course there are load limits: A sharp rock could well tear a hole in the PVC skin and sink the board. With a hardboard, of course, there is no such risk. It does weigh more than an iSUP, but it doesn't need to be re-inflated before each use.

Tip 3: Pay attention to dimensions
Boards come in different lengths, widths and thicknesses. For beginners, the following rule of thumb is helpful: The more voluminous the board, the better young and old can play and have fun with it. The longer and thicker the board, the more weight it carries, but it is less maneuverable. The width determines how stable it is on the water and how much balance it takes to stay on the board. The dimensions ultimately determine the board's classification:
Fitness boards tend to be long and wide. All-round SUP boards aim for the compromise between maneuverable and stable. Narrow, long boards are for professionals as they are fast but tend to be wobbly in handling.

Tip 4: Do not underestimate the paddle
Next to the board, the paddle plays the most important role: it should be buoyant in case it ever falls into deeper water. SUP paddles are usually made of aluminum, carbon or fiberglass. Carbon paddles are suitable for beginners as well as for professionals. They are a bit more expensive, but durable and comparatively light. Knob handles fit small hands better, T-shaped handles are suitable for large hands. The more surface area the paddle blade has, the faster but also more strenuous the tour will be.

Tip 5: Buy suitable clothing
When stand-up paddling, it's important to wear the right clothes and protect yourself from the sun. There are practical swimming shirts that dry quickly and protect the skin from the sun. Especially for beginners, who will be falling into the water more often, the clothes should cover the belly, because every time you pull yourself up onto the board, you will otherwise scrape your bare skin over the edge. A wetsuit is not necessary as you are not constantly in the water when stand-up paddling.

Tip 6: Self-realization
This factor forms the basis for buying a SUP, because it's all about meeting your own individual needs: Whether it's a long river trip with friends, a meditative after-work ride on the lake, a maritime excursion with the dog or yoga at sunrise. Just about anything is possible on the right board, and the experience is easy to enjoy once you have a firm grip on the paddle.

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23 Nov 2021

Nordic and New Zealand myths for 2022

The Mexican SUP brand CALA is starting the year 2022 with two new board models: With "Atla", a successful mix of all-round and touring board, as well as "Mana" as a versatile all-round SUP board, beginners and professionals can conquer any water. CALA was founded in Mexico in 2015 and offers durable inflatable high-performance boards in eye-catching design with lightweight carbon paddles. The mats of all CALA boards are made of algae foam. CALA boards are available in Europe, Great Britain and the USA. More info and shop at: www.calaboards.de

As part of the CALA Touring Series, the Atla Board is also suitable for demanding use in the sea and ocean: Thanks to the Point Nose, it cuts through the waves very well. The Atla is designed as a mixture of touring and all-round board. It is relatively short, so it is easy to manoeuvre even in choppy water. The blood-red Viking helmet with the two paddles on the black surfpad awakens courage and a sense of adventure in every surfer's heart. The name of the board is pure promise: In Norse mythology, the beautiful giantess Atla is the goddess of water.

The versatile all-around Mana model allows beginners and advanced SUP enthusiasts to conquer all waters with ease. The enticing wave motifs on the pad and tail are the name of the game with the Mana. The Austronesian term "mana" is best translated as a combination of presence, charisma, prestige, honor and spiritual power: The Māori believe that all people and many elements of nature possess mana.

"The mats on all CALA boards are made from algae foam, which is made from environmentally harmful algae blooms. CALA's commitment to clean water and a healthy underwater environment remains an important company goal in 2022, and one that we are excited to continue and expand upon. Our dream is to make the most sustainable SUP board in the world and we are constantly working on that," Sebastian Grazzini, founder of CALA, explains the future perspective of the brand. So far, CALA has collaborated with the Beyond Coral Foundation and the Ocean Concervancy organization, among others.

Atla Details:

- Rear D-ring for leash
- 2 bungee cord tensioning systems for stowing luggage,
- D-rings for attaching accessories,
- GoPro mount
- Removable middle fin
- 2 removable fins
- Carbon paddle
- Spacious trolley travel backpack with wheels
- Super Double Action Pump for fast inflation
- Safety line
- Repair kit
- Construction: HDX AIR system (safely tested at 20 PSI, recommended pressure 12 to 15 PSI for optimum performance)
- Dimensions: 10 feet 8 inches long, 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick
- Net weight: 9.2 kg
- Load capacity: up to 110 kg

Mana Details:
- Rear D-ring for leash
- Front D-ring for accessories or towing
- Bungee cord tensor system for luggage stowage
- GoPro mount
- Removable middle fin
- 2 removable fins
- Carbon paddle
- Spacious trolley travel backpack with wheels
- Super Double Action Pump for fast inflation
- Safety line
- Repair kit
- Construction: HDX AIR system (safely tested at 20 PSI, recommended pressure 12 to 15 PSI for optimum performance)
- Dimensions: 10 feet 6 inches long, 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick
- Net weight: 9.2 kg
- Capacity: carries up to 110 kg

About CALA:
CALA was founded in Mexico in 2015 by the well-travelled extreme sportsman Sebastian Grazzini out of the motivation to comfortably transport a SUP board in a bag without having to forgo the highest quality and resilience. Whether on the sea, on lakes or in white water - CALA offers durable inflatable high-performance boards in eye-catching design with lightweight carbon paddles that are up to any adventure, no matter how crazy. CALA is committed to marine conservation and supports the Beyond Coral Foundation and the Ocean Concervancy organization, among others. The mats of the CALA boards are made of algae foam from BLOOM. CALA boards are available in Europe, the UK and the USA. For more information and to shop, visit: www.calaboards.de

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About us

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CALA was founded in Mexico in 2015 by the well-traveled extreme athlete Sebastian Grazzini out of the motivation to comfortably transport a SUP board in a bag without having to sacrifice the highest quality and resilience. Whether on the sea, on lakes or in white water - CALA offers durable inflatable high-performance boards in eye-catching design with lightweight carbon paddles that are up to any adventure, no matter how crazy. CALA is committed to marine conservation and supports the Beyond Coral Foundation and the Ocean Concervancy organization, among others. The mats of the CALA boards are made of algae foam from BLOOM. CALA boards are available in Europe, the UK and the USA. Further information and shop at: www.calaboards.de

Company data

Foundation 2015
Area of business Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing / Parasailing / Stand-Up Paddling / Foiling / Wingsurfing