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The champion of versatility

From racetracks to football stadiums, from golf courses to ocean waves, from snowboards to yoga blocks, cork helps athletes from around the world to excel to achieve goals never before imagined.

Comfort and safety on sports floors

Thanks to its natural characteristics, boosted by the most innovative technologies, cork is increasingly an option for state-of-the-art sports floors.

In soccer stadiums, cork is used in natural and synthetic lawns, demonstrating its added value as an exceptional material to support sports and athletes, with safety, comfort, hygiene, durability and sustainability.

On natural lawns, due to its high shock absorption capacity, cork is the ideal material to protect players' joints, reducing impacts by up to 40%. A revolutionary technology with expanded cork granulated, AirFbr, had its official debut in Euro 2016 in France. In synthetic lawns, cork infills bring a part of nature to the artificial surfaces. 100% natural, they are a type of sustainable filling that exploits the elasticity of cork and its high resistance to compression, to offer a clean solution, which avoids injuries guaranteeing comfort. The use of cork infills allows a reduction of surface temperature up to 30%.

"Four of the UEFA EURO 2016 stadiums in France featured an innovative natural turf with built-in cork, a solution that reduces impacts up to 40%, protecting players' joints"

The modern floor solutions of agglomerated cork with recycled rubber are increasingly the option of professional sports venues. Gymnasiums, sports centres and stadiums in various continents are fans of these solutions by Corticeira Amorim, which effectively meet the requirements in terms of elasticity, resilience and durability for this type of venues. Based on these attributes and the credibility of the brand, the Amorim Sports Floor range was recently chosen as the official world floor covering for the Reebok CrossFit chain of gyms, and has been installed in over ten countries where the new Reebok sports model is being implemented.

"Cork floors cushion the physical impact of the activity, being ideal for running tracks, fitness and aerobic floors."

The natural characteristics of cork, associated with rubber, provide greater resistance, comfort and safety while practising sports or leisure activities. Applied as final flooring, floors with cork cushion the physical impact of the activity, being ideal for running tracks, fitness and aerobic floors, for example. They also provide an excellent performance in ice rinks and under intensive use of heavy loads, thus they are also appropriate for bodybuilding gyms. The wide range available offers the choice of various application solutions and a diversified range of patterns and design options, according to the decorative needs of each client.

Surfing the greatest challenges with cork

There is no doubt that cork is the choice of the athletes who respond to the greatest challenges. When the challenge was to create a surfboard different from all those made up to now, Mercedes Benz developed, in partnership with Corticeira Amorim, a tow-in board made of cork, capable of achieving the perfect balance between weight, flexibility and velocity.

Specially designed so that Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara could face, with style and safety, the giant waves of Nazaré, this board is one of the highlights of a long partnership in which cork reveals its full potential.

“When you're surfing big waves you need a flexible, impact-resistant board that does not break. I believe these surfboards will serve as a technological benchmark for big wave surfers.”
Garret NcNamara, Surfer

In other water sports, such as windsurfing and stand up paddle, cork is widely used, it is a lightweight, waterproof, resistant and comfortable product.

In extreme sports, cork offers lightness and flexibility, keeping all the excitement and adrenaline. Recently, the Swiss company Anticonf has developed an innovative snowboard that incorporates cork. Distinguished in the 2017 edition of the ISPO BRAND NEW awards, the new snowboard is based on cork as a material that, thanks to its unique sustainability credentials, combines excellent technical and mechanical performance, extreme lightness and greater vibration absorption.

Also the skateboard universe surrenders to the potential of cork, realized in an extreme lightness and flexibility, and high capacity of absorption of vibrations. Combining it with other materials, Archer developed corkboard skateboards as light and impact resistant as they are flexible, capable of ensuring a smooth course, sliding on the asphalt without producing unwanted vibrations.

The versatility of cork reaches a variety of different sports, either due to its shock absorbing capacity, controlled resilience or lightness.

It began by being applied to badminton shuttlecocks and soon became a professional in hockey, cricket and baseball balls, table tennis rackets, golf clubs, darts and even referee's whistles. Used in kayaks, cork has contributed to the achievement of Olympic medals and boards, which cut the waves from the US to Australia, also count for the good results of athletes like Jason Blewitt, Australian longboard champion. Conquest after conquest, cork expands the list of world glory.