SURFBOARD SOCK GIVEAWAY

by Staff Wave tribe June 01, 2018 1 Comment

Wave Tribe

Earthday is upon us this week and I wanted to write something that all of us could connect with—surfboards.

Published by Wave Tribe

The unwanted surfboard . . .

We all love that feeling of new foam under our feet and it’s likely the thing we talk about most with our bros while drinking beer and reminiscing about all those waves we caught down in Costa Rica last season.

I started to reflect on my own quiver and how it has changed over the years.

I have been surfing for over three decades and my surfboard fetish has gone through a myriad of transitions. Yes, I said fetish.

I tend to like trying new designs and have found myself leading a small revolution in the Mini Simmons world—I even wrote a book on the Mini Simmons called Keel Nation.

Speaking of new shapes, a few months back I bought a Vulcan surfboard from the San Diego shaper Dane Hantz. Dan’s boards have won Best High-Performance Shortboard Design at the infamous Boardroom.

As you can imagine, I had to try one.

I have been riding The Archetype which is a planning hull concept. Dan describes his shape:

“The Archetypes ultra low rocker has been slightly raised while the straight rail line and fuller foil and rails still provide the hull speed necessary to slip into the realm of those longboards only days.”

The fat tail is mini-esque, but the rest of it the board feels like a shortboard on steroids. Being a Mini Simmons fanatic, it's hard to get my approval of any shape that vers to far from Bob's original design—the Volacon gets my approval and respect.

Overall, it is a great hybrid design that deserves a go in our semi-consistent mushy waves in Southern California.

I digress, this article isn't about surfboard design, it's an inquiry into what you could do with your estranged surfboards.

Your sled ends up in the hands of someone that will shepherd it into the next northwest swell season.

— Derek Dodds, Wave Tribe Founder

Our Earthday Goal

The goal is not to have that board end up in some landfill in Riverside County where my good friend Bill lives (move to the coast bro)—we do care what happens to the crap you throw out, and how that affects our precious planet.

Ahem . . . this is what happens to that Riverside garbage.

The most intelligent thing to do with your unwanted surfboard is to sell it to someone else that does want it.

This is a classic win-win situation—you get cash to help fund your surf trip to that new wave park in Austin, Texas.

BTW, my bro Anthony just went out there and said that place is sick.

* Photo By The Rube

If you sell it to someone local you even get to keep it in the family. Your sled ends up in the hands of someone that will shepherd it into the next northwest swell season.

As an added plus, you can keep an eye on it in the lineup like a bastard child. Guaranteed that you will also get some waves from the bro you sold it too. Win-win.

1. Sell Your Board on Craigslist

You can make a free listing on craigslist.org to sell your surfboard in the sporting goods section. This is also a great place to find a surfboard.

You could even offer a trade—barter for your new surfboard with the board you want to get rid of. Check with your surf bros too—maybe someone wants that stick you been hoarding all these years but not riding.

Down here at the pawn shop it's a nifty way to shop
Down here at the pawn shop it's another sold
What has been sold, not strictly made of stone
Just remember it's flesh and bone

if you don't recognize those lyrics from Sublime then you should probably just click away right now . . .

Take it down to your local surf shop (or pawn shop) and offer them a small commission for placing your board almost their righteous racks.

2. Donate Your Board

If you can't sell it, you can gift it to a local kid that needs a new board—giving is way underrated.

When you see that kid in the line-up, he and all his friends will let you take all the waves you want because you actually did something good and that karma will pay its dividends when you least expect it.

You can also donate your board to a Big Boys/Girls Club or something like that. We have also been helping a few organizations that do surf therapy and our bros in Baja are always looking for used boards to take the kids surfing.

If you are going the donation route check out Rerip.com which collects any surfboard in any condition.

Many boards donated to Rerip are repaired to be surfed again and other surfboards are given to artists to create awesome art.

3. Repurpose Your Old Board - Make A New One

Another idea is that you could strip the fiberglass off your stick (assuming it’s a longboard-ish type of surfboard) and create a Mini Simmons or single fin.

Shape your first board from the repurposed material—that is an eco rad idea for sure and another win-win for you and the planet.

Use some eco-resin and take it a step further.

4. Make Some Surfboard Furniture or Art

The last idea I have is to make a surfboard table for the backyard, bar or sign for your business. To create a table, glass a few wood legs on that bad-boy and throw some chairs around it for an epic-ly artistic rendition of patio furniture.

Put a bar in the garage by using the surfboard deck as a shelving unit—you can glue it straight to the wall or use some shelving brackets to secure it.

Got a business?

Make a side-walk sign out of your old surfboard by creating a chalkboard from the deck. Home Depot sells chalkboard paint that will transform any surface into a usable chalkboard.

The most important thing to realize is that your old board has some potential afterlife opportunities once it has become unwanted foam and fiberglass.

Find a creative way to prevent it from being buried in the earth. It should not be left for the walking dead to use once the zombies make their comeback—we all know zombies are kooks and nobody wants to see them in the lineup on your old surfboard.

Happy Earthday!

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1 Response

Frank Martinez
Frank Martinez

April 20, 2018

Thanks for the story on Texas. I am from Downey cali which I am working in Waxahachie Texas , I didn’t know about the place until I read your article. I hope to finish project soon. I plan on surfing n land surf park. Thanks again. Remember boardroom at Del Mar. or go to San Clemente surf museum for more info. Surf session $60 an hour plan to catch two or three. I also surfed Michigan off my bucket list

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Size Chart

Surfboard Leashes

You Break It We Replace It in First Year. 

Buy a leash closest to your board size—i.e. for 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. 

All leashes are 7mm thick, competition leashes which are lighter/thinner 5.5 mm. 

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches. Thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pioneer Sizes:

All bags have interior pockets (fins, leash and wax), bags fit industry standards. 

Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. 

Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Surfboard Travel Bag Pockets Fin Wax Leash

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Travel Bags with Wheels - Fits Two Surfboards

New in 2016 is the double travel bag with wheels. Sometimes you want a smaller bag with wheels, now you can have it. All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Wave Tribe Wheelie Surfboard Travel Bags

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Boardbag Material & Hardware - All Bags

Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

Side B is the reflective (rental-car-roof-side) made from Reflective Energy Shield for "Cooler Surfboard Safeguard" protecting your surfboard from the sun's harmful rays made from an alloy-steel mesh weave.

All Sides are guarded by our Japanese Never-Rust-or-Break Nickel Platted Zippers streamline zipper trails and our trademarked Easy Flow Zip System.