You wiped out on a heavy wave and your shred stick snapped nearly in half, a fracture too severe to repair. Or maybe your board’s just old and sluggish, full of dents, dings and water.
If you don’t want to send your used-up surfboard to a landfill — where it could be excavated in nearly the same shape by an archaeologist in the year 2217 — what can you do instead?
Peel off your surfboard’s hard candy shell to expose the softer blank inside, then reshape it into a smaller board. Mini Simmons, anyone? Watch how it’s done.
Go even smaller
Handplanes can make even crappy waves fun to ride, and your dearly departed surfboard can become enough handplanes for everyone in your family.
Enjoy recycles broken surfboards into tiny new wave-riding machines, and they’ll take your old wetsuits too.
Make art, not trash
Turn your surfboard into a canvas and paint a piece you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. Prep first by cleaning the surface thoroughly and sanding it lightly so the paint will stick.
Not much of an artist? Try these easy basic stripes.
Sit on it
Grind it up
Enjoy mixes waste foam dust and plastic beach trash into cement to form Buddha statues. And Rerip partnered with a construction company that tested ground boards as concrete filler for patios and parking stops.
Run your stick through a shredder, mix up the pieces in cement and cast an army of gnomes to guard your backyard.
That’s not recycling; this is recycling
Those ideas aren’t really recycling, you say. Call them upcycling or downcycling; what you want to know is how to actually reuse your surfboard.
Unfortunately, that technology isn’t quite ready for prime time. Although you can buy an Ecoboard now, true recycling requires an even greener board to start.
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