Last Friday, surfboard glassing factory Global Glassing in Oceanside, Ca. went up in flames in a chemical fire. One of the surfboard manufacturing industry’s go-to glassers in Southern California, the $500,000 in damage is sure to be a boon for the holiday surfboard industry.

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Surfboard manufacturing is an already under-appreciated industry, and when laurels are given they are typically to the shapers and not the glassers. The glassing process uses many toxic and flammable chemicals, which were the cause of the fire.

According to Fox 5 San Diego, a crew was using acetone when it flashed, causing the immediate area to quickly go up in flames. Another worker tried to extinguish the flames, failing and suffering burns to his face in the process. Within several minutes, the entire building was engulfed.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Global Glassing out with the extensive damages. Many surf industry stalwarts like Rob Machado, Taylor Steele and others have been posting on Instagram to drum up support.

Please help out these unsung heroes of surfboard manufacturing so they can get back to work and put food on their tables for their families over the holidays. Help out at the GoFundMe campaign here.

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