OK, I am on a surfboard kick here, probably do the Cardiff Green Festival and finding all these great reuse ideas. When I was living at the beach, I started collecting broken and abandoned surfboards to reuse them to make a fence. Somebody ripped them off, (I was pissed) so as a way of getting over it, I started the whole reuse surfboard kick and ran across another person, Chris Anderson from Australia who is constructing a Surfboard Graveyard on Garie Beach. He also applied for the Guiness World records for the most amount of broken surfboards on a beach.
Even though there is no accurate data on how many broken (snapped surfboards) there are in a year, he does have a survey going on on the blog.
The 1000 Surfboard Graveyard project is about a guy that is on a mission to collect 1000 surfboards to make a graveyard, promote the reuse of surfboards and blog about it. The objective is to reuse the 47-63 Million surfboards in circulation today. Most are not recycled.
If you are wondering about how sustainable is your surfing, check out his carbon calculator of surfing. Roughly ¾ million surfboards are made a year with a carbon footprint of around 220,000 tons
Here are 200 broken surfboards
Kudos to Australian Chris Anderson and his project. Keep it up and we can’t wait to see the finished graveyard.