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Surfboard made of waste

Boardshaper Job Verpoorte, who goes by the name "Jabali" in everyday life, actually makes functional surfboards from wood that can go through life as works of art. During the corona virus, he wondered if he could make a surfboard out of "junk", in order to enter the worldwide "surfrider upcycle contest". Surfers care about nature, but all surfboards are non-biodegradable and made of polymers... The last few years, there has even been surf wax on the market that is biodegradable and, for example, cannot damage the reefs and corals. He consulted Frank Vanleenhove and left with a discarded windsurfboard under his arm. It took a lot of sweat, blood and tears to dismantle the hard exterior of the 1998 Fanatic, to remove the mast and foot pegs and to shorten the Styrofoam core for a 5'11" wave surfboard. Then came the rubbish: * balsa scrap wood * Bright 70's curtains, and veneer from camembert packaging to reinforce and decorate the upper deck (see the wooden strip in the middle of the upper deck) * recycled neoprene and a luxury beer crate (straffe hendrik 2017 oak-aged quadruple) for nose and tail protection, * leftover fibreglass and greenpoxy to make the whole thing waterproof. * A plastic beer keg and milk bottle caps to make a fin. It's a wonder that, considering the ingredients, it's about a surfboard... This entry received an honourable mention from the jury of the upcycle contest and the result can be seen in Surfers Paradise in Knokke-Heist. You can find more information about Jabali Surfboards via * * *