As we become more and more environmentally conscious, surfboard shapers have been struggling with how toxic the raw materials, chemicals and environment really are, not to mention all the waste that goes into landfill from foam & fiberglass off cuts to used sandpaper.
But Dean Edwards, a shaper for over 48 years had a vision that took him over 10 years to complete. A board made entirely from reused foam and fiberglass.
Dean explains……. “Nearly the entire board is made from waste. Obviously, the foam is all off-cuts, which normally end up in the dumpster. The fins were made out of plywood and fiberglass scrap. The sandpaper was all previously used. The scraps were collected over the course of 10 years. There are over 1000 cuts; 90 foam pieces in the checkerboard section alone. It took over 2 years to glue-up the blank. There was no template, no rocker. It was all free-hand shaped. The only new material in the construction process was the resin.”
“I’m pretty isolated here on the Big Island, but I know that other people are building interesting boards. I had seen the “Sunrise Surfboard” that Jim Phillips made in 2009, which helped me clarify my vision. Jim’s work is incredible and I just wanted to build something that might encourage or hopefully inspire others to build interesting boards from re-purposed materials.”
“One thing that I’d like to reiterate, is that there are so many ways to reduce the waste we create in our industry. The Bonefish is an example of something that would have ended up in a landfill. With a little consideration, we can help reduce our waste output. That is my challenge to other surfboard shapers.”
Although making a board by this method is not commercially viable, it may make us realise that there are other alternatives available to the industry that may justify looking into further. If you have come up with a way to reuse -reduce-recycle; please let us know in the comments section.