From waste to wave:
surfboards from recycled plastic
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.