A wooden surfboard for big wave challenges

December 3, 2014 | Environment
BenWoodGo surfboard: made of wood for big waves | Photo: SAS

Surfers Against Sewage has launched a big wave sustainable surfboard project, in Cornwall, England.

The non-governmental organization has teamed up with Ben Skinner and Otter Surfboards to develop a plank that will face United Kingdom's largest waves. The BenWoodGo Challenge shaped "Eco-Gun," a wooden board made of locally sourced Cornish red cedar.

The environment-friendly surfboard will be tested in the biggest, most perfect swell at Cornwall's infamous big wave surf spot - the Cribbar - located off Newquay Headland.

The name "BenWoodGo" was inspired by the epithet "Eddie Would Go", referring to Eddie Aikau, a famous Hawaiian big-wave surfer, only with a twist to reflect the sustainability message of the project.

The goal of the project is to raise awareness to the fact that between 750,000 and one million surfboards produced annually emit approximately 220,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to over one million flights from London to Morocco.

"Surfers should be aware that carbon dioxide emissions and climate change are directly impacting our oceans, our beaches, our wildlife and even the very waves we ride," explain Surfers Against Sewage.

The 9'8'' BenWoodGo surfboard is hollow and constructed like an airplane wing, using a skin-and-frame technique. This keeps the weight down without compromising the strength of the board, essential for a critical big wave situation.