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Here’s Some Fins Made Entirely From Recycled Plastic

There’s five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, more than enough to make a couple rudders for your board. 

hardware // Sep 8, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

See that sub-header, that’s an unfortunate truth in our world. Years of over-consumption and endless production has led us to a waste epidemic. Yeah plastic pollution isn’t as big an issue as global heating, but it is still a problem which can be addressed with a little forethought and ingenuity.

While not quite saving the world, a new fin company known as Shaka Surf are doing what they can to curb plastic pollution; they’re producing their fins from plastic bottlecaps and other pieces of plastic debris that have washed up onshore. The bottlecaps and other waste are made into a composite material which is then used in the fin molds to make the end product; a high-performance fin with a few fruity colour-ways. 

“We’re taking plastics out of the ocean and putting them to better use,” said Taylor of the basis of his company. “I think that most surfers and non-surfers alike appreciate what we do.” Dominick Taylor, the company’s founder said about the fins. 

Designed and developed in Portugal

“To be a surfer is on the one hand a very selfish pursuit,” Dominick continued. “It often means you’re going to let down people close to you because you want to go surf good waves at the drop of a hat. On the other hand, I think most surfers have some level of environmental awareness and will do their best to be good custodians of Mother Earth. So, being a surfer for me is about surfing when there are good waves, and trying to give back a little whenever I can.”

At the moment, Shaka Surf only has two styles of fins in the range: a performance thruster set up, which uses 50 bottle caps and a 9″ single fin that takes 70 bottle caps to make. The log fin comes in your usual screw in set-up, and the thruster set can be made in FCS1, 2 or even Futures. 

They’re also pretty cheap and there’s a further 10 percent off when you whack in a ‘SHAKA10’ code.  

If you want new fins and want to kinda feel good while buying them, then scout a set of recycled plastic fins by clicking here.


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