This proposition aims to combat throw-away culture within the surf industry, with the creation of a two-part/collapsible surfboard system which reuses the two broken halves of a snapped surfboard. It is common knowledge that the material components which make up a surfboard are derived from crude oils and are processed in such a way which makes them nearly impossible to recycle.
This solution aims to encourage behavioural change and challenge conventional thinking through the process of transformative repair. Restoring the surfboard’s function, while retaining the original character of the board and its sentimental value to the rider.
The open source solution aims to perpetuate this change by sharing plans which can be implemented by surfboard repairers. Central to this system is the latching strap pull tie-down, housed by a 3D printed waterproof case. The mechanism enables the tensioning of each half of the board allowing for the conversion of a snapped surfboard into a collapsible travel board.