How Many Wetsuits You Got Gathering Dust in the Garage? - Stab Mag

Live Now: Episode 3 Of Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino


How Many Wetsuits You Got Gathering Dust in the Garage?

Rip Curl wants your old rubber.

style // Jul 6, 2010
Words by Alistair Klinkenberg
Reading Time: 2 minutes

We’re all guilty.

Coming clean, I’ve currently got one short arm 2/2, a 4/3, two 3/2s and a wetsuit vest I never wear. I can’t bring myself to toss them either; the thought of five layers of my rubber (not) rotting in a big hole in the ground is too depressing. So, what to do? Well, the brains at Rip Curl have come up with a solution: you/we, turn them into that soft matting that keeps your groms’ melons in one piece when they fall off the monkey bars.

You know who burns through rubber like no other? Pro surfers; good job CC’s sponsor have come up with a solution.

The venture is a joint between the Curl and Terracycle, which is a world leader in innovative recycling techniques. And it’s a worthy cause. There’s currently approximately 35 million surfers on the planet (according to our un-checked friends at Google), and that figure’s only heading north. Currently the surfing population accounts for around 6.2 tonnes of neoprene heading to landfill each year. Which needs to change. If surfers can’t lead the way in trying to eco-streamline our lives then we really are doomed.

Holy Tornado in last season’s Rippy rubber.

The initiative takes wetsuits from any brand, not just Rip Curl, and is available across the country (full list of participating stores below). Also, one of the coolest things about the initiative is that if you don’t have a Rip Curl shoppe in your local town, then you can roll that rubber up and whack it in the post. It might cost you a couple of bucks, but so does the tip. The bonuses obviously being primarily the lack of clogging of the landfill, but also not having to go to the tip. Which let’s be honest, is a pretty unpleasant experience on all fronts.

So if, like all of us, you’ve got surplus rubber clogging up the garage/van/both, then get in (or send a parcel) to your nearest Rip Curl store. Then, sleep well, safe in the knowledge that your pre-loved neoprene will be protecting the knee caps and skulls of the future.

Rip Curl stores where you can recycle your rubber:

VIC: Torquay, Sorrento (foreshore) 
NSW: Byron Bay, North Wollongong, Narrabeen, Ulladulla 
QLD: Burleigh Heads 
WA: Scarborough


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

This Week, 272 Surfers Will Battle Through 20 Rounds For 18 Remaining Olympic Spots

Your 2024 ISA World Games preview.

Feb 24, 2024

With Two Events Down, What Story Is The CT Leaderboard Telling us?

We plugged past and present Pros, and an official surfing odds setter, for their post-Hawaii…

Feb 24, 2024

John Florence Would Have Submitted A Different Pyzel For Stab In The Dark?

Plus, Jon Pyzel reflects on his Episode 03 cameo and predicts our 2024 SITD champ.

Feb 23, 2024

A Rare Glimpse Of Caity Simmers And Jordy Smith In The Same Freesurf Edit

Watch the #2 and #4 ranked CT surfers share an Indonesian playground with some Stab…

Feb 23, 2024

“The Grom’s In Her Place” — Molly Picklum And Jack Robinson Win 2024 Hurley Pro Sunset

A clean sweep for Australia's gen Z!

Feb 22, 2024

Checking The Mail With Our SSOTY Winners

Gallery: "And the wooden block goes to..."

Feb 21, 2024

Why Did Sawyer Lindblad Get A Paddling Interference Today At Sunset, If Jack Robbo Didn’t In 2019?

A critical analysis of WSL judging past and present. 

Feb 21, 2024

Brisa Hennessy Has The Best Sunset Rizz, Caity + BLSJ Sample New Sticks

Day three recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 21, 2024

Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino, Episode 3

Five boards face off for two Finals spots and Jon Pyzel infiltrates the set to…

Feb 21, 2024

Can We Reverse Engineer The 100-Foot Wave?  

We calculated the buoy reading for the surf to reach triple digits.

Feb 20, 2024

Stab High Site + World Surfing Reserve Playa Hermosa Is Under Threat

What’s happening in Costa Rica?

Feb 20, 2024

Brazil + San Clemente Crumble, Florence Puts The Mandoline To Work

Ewing, Slater and Medina sliced on day two of the Hurley Pro @ Sunset.

Feb 19, 2024

Soupy Sunset Skewers Three Wildcards, Jordy Smith Nicks Top Score Donning A Single Bootie

Day one recap of the Hurley Pro.

Feb 18, 2024

The D-Bah Session Heard Around The Internet

Cue the arrival of Dane Henry.

Feb 17, 2024

What The Super Bowl Taught Us About Filipe, Carissa, And Steph

And how the WSL Finals may cost us even more champions.

Feb 16, 2024

Nathan Florence, Matt Meola, Rob Machado Start All-American Light Beer Company

"It's cheap, it's light, and you can drink it all day if you want. We’re…

Feb 16, 2024

Stab Edit Of The Year 2024: Sierra Kerr In “Pre-Kerrsor”

Plus, we ask Sierra if World Titles belong exclusively to Gen Z now.

Feb 16, 2024

Watch: The Emphatic Progression Of A 21-Year-Old Australian Surf/Skate Talent

Oscar Berry floats lofty rotations, compares boardsports, and reflects on the Melbourne wavepool contest.

Feb 15, 2024