A Surfboard Made From Seaweed
6’4 x 21” x 2.3/4” with a weight of 4.2 kilos.
Charlie Cadin from the British Isles has ditched the Polyurethane blanks and switched to a greener option: Seaweed. The invasive species of seaweed pictured below harms the local seagrass and disrupts the ecosystem of the local bay.
Cadin gathered 45 kilograms of the lettuce, dried it out, and ground it into a powder. The powder was then mixed with a few chemicals and turned into a foam-like substance.
According to Cadin:
We did a huge amount of testing with the board, and it worked a lot better than expected. The board is about half a kilo heavier than the equivalent normal board, but that provides more drive in the water. It has a very high volume and is really buoyant as it is full of air. The board paddles really nicely, however the sea lettuce panels had warped a little bit and were uneven.
If it works, it works. If it floats, it surfs.
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