Are You Ready to Surf A Surfboard Made from Trash?

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You’ve got to hand it to the surfing community for coming up with ways to make “greener” surfboards. We’ve seen a board made from algae and plastic water bottles, and another one created entirely out of discarded cigarette butts. And this time, they’ve upped it a notch by using trash to make a prototype.

Adam Baldwin’s Microraptor, the board made from trash | Instagram

Taking a hint from the famous saying “One man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure”, surf-obsessed school teacher Adam Baldwin gathered seven pieces of building EPS from a local factory, recycled leashes, fin plugs, preloved tail pads, and some cedar stringers to make a trash surfboard. He glued them together with a “secret sauce,” had it sanded, glassed, and soon enough the Microraptor was ready to go.

He based the design of his upcycled board off of a 5’3 by 21’ groveler that he owned. He kept the round-tail but played around with the size a bit and made it 5’6 by 19.’ And out of the 27 boards he has made, he considers this one the best yet.

The trash board before getting sand | Instagram

So it’s made from recycled materials, but can you surf it? Actually, yes. He had managed to make a useable surfboard prototype out of all the scrap materials he found.

“I’ve surfed it twice,” Baldwin said in an interview. “And it went like a rocket.”

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When asked what inspired him to do this, the longtime surfer and shaper said that it has always been his dream. “In an idealistic way I want people to realize that it doesn’t have to be the same old same old,” Baldwin explained.

“The boards I make out of rubbish don’t surf any worse than boards I make out of new materials and make from scratch. Except for the fact it is a long process, I don’t see why it can’t be done on a commercial basis.”

“If the top shapers would make a commitment to do 10 percent initially of their builds out of recycled stuff it would be a relatively easy thing to scale it up and I don’t see why they couldn’t sell it for another 30 percent.”

 

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His advocacy of taking trash and making them to something usable had master shaper Tom Wegener psyched up.

“I had Tom Wegner come and talk to the kids at school and he was frothing on what I’ve been doing,” Baldwin recalls. “He refers to me as the Mad Scientist and told the kids I was one of his heroes for making stuff out of recycled material. My jaw nearly fell on the ground. I would have to do it through someone already big and established.”

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