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.
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.
Haven't dropped an Insta for a while but after today's events, I knew this was a worthy photo to be certain. I watched from across the street as my place of occupation burned to the ground in what seemed to be an instant. It's a horrifying feeling to watch a fire of that magnitude burn beyond our control. Relieved to say that everybody made it out mostly unscathed from what I understand and fortunately I was not directly in harms way on this go around #humbled #chemicalfire
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.