When I think of token surf spots around the globe, the UK is not the first one that comes to mind. But as it turns out, Britain’s surf history is some three hundred years old. The British Surfing Museum, in collaboration with the Eden Project(a mecca of sustainability in Cornwall), has just opened their exhibit “Full Circle – surfboard evolution,” which will be on display at Eden until the end of August.
The exhibit shows the evolution of surfboard manufacturing and materials, from natural wood planks to the current standard composites which use petrol products and fiberglass and are non-biodegradable and environmentally toxic. The people at the Eden Project have also developed an “eco-surfboard” for the exhibition, using a combination of materials derived from plants. The wood comes from balsa grown on Eden property and coatings are made from hemp and plant-based oils.
posted by sarah rich