What is your philosophy towards preserving the environment?
The motivation for our philosophies is multi faceted. Mike Olson and I started Mervin MFG. We have been hand building surfboards, skateboards and snowboard ourselves since we were kids, over thirty years. This is a life’s work.
Nature: We both grew up in the pacific northwest region of the USA which is an amazingly beautiful place where the mountains meet the sea. Our parents were avid outdoor enthusiasts; Mikes’ father was a pastor, avid skiier and mariner and my dad was a bio chemistry professor, nordic skier and avid climber. Our childhood weekends and summers were spent outdoors hiking, camping, boating, immersed in nature. We were in our teens in the seventies and exposed to some of the early environmental focused hippy “off the grid” movements. The gas crisis and toxic disasters like Three Mile island nuclear incident and Love Canal toxic chemical all had significant impacts on us and pointed to the finite nature of global resources and consequences of abusing our environment.