From waste to wave:

surf­boards from re­cy­cled plas­tic

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - ENVIRONMENTAL -

For al­most 70 years Land Rover has trans­ported peo­ple across the world’s tough­est ter­rain, but it is now mak­ing its first foray into the ocean with the ‘ Waste to Wave’ surf­board, cre­ated us­ing re­cy­cled plas­tic de­rived from early clay de­sign mod­els.

The surf­board was cre­ated in part­ner­ship with Skunk Works Surf Co, a surf com­pany with a fo­cus on min­imis­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and tested by the English Women’s Open Surf­ing Cham­pion surfer, Lucy Camp­bell off the coast of North­ern Ire­land. It was hand- built to the ex­act di­men­sions (5’7 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16) re­quired by Camp­bell, who is cur­rently com­pet­ing on the global cir­cuit. It has car­bon fi­bre rails from the nose and a car­bon strip from the tail for ad­di­tional strength while al­low­ing flex to push through high­in­ten­sity ma­noeu­vres. Polyurethane is used by Jaguar Land Rover in the man­u­fac­ture of life- size clay mod­els which are mod­elled by hand at the very be­gin­ning of the car de­sign process. The poly­mer forms the ‘skeleton’ of the mod­els, which is nor­mally de­stroyed once a car is launched, while the clay is re­cy­cled and reused on- site. Now, is re­cov­er­ing the plas­tic which is sliced into blocks ready for a sec­ond life as surf­boards or pad­dle­boards.

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