The Ecology Center partnered with Vissla + Surfrider to host the Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest Exhibition. Community members, finalists, and surfing enthusiasts gathered in the courtyard to celebrate 14 finalists from all over the world.
Guests enjoyed appetizers prepared in our outdoor kitchen and beverages provided by One Hope Winery and Docent Brewing. The community viewed finalists’ artwork in the newly constructed container gallery (courtesy of Vissla). Three judges, Vissla founder Paul Naude, master shaper / Vissla Creator & Innovator, Donald Brink, and The Ecology Center founder / Vissla Creator & Innovator Evan Marks assessed all of the submissions while paying close attention to, creativity, and use of recycled materials.
In 1st place came Taylor Lane, who built a surfboard made from 10,000 cigarette butts that he collected from the California Coastline.
In 2nd place, François Jaubert. François created a surfboard made from a discarded wood palette, recycled styrofoam, and 19 smaller pieces of wood. The fins were made from cardboard, efties fiberglass, and Lin from Shaperhouse Shop in Biarritz. Finally, the whole board was glassed with biobased epoxy Entropy Resins EU.
In 3rd place was Shane Swindler, who converted an old stand up paddle board into a shortboard and a trailer to carry the shortboard. The trailer was made from a discarded stand up paddle board perimeter, wood from a 1913 building and old aluminum golf cart wheels. The surfboard is made from repurposed EPS core of the stand up paddle board, scrap cork anti-stringer, poly rails, speed hold drilled fins, woven scrap veneer top, scrap veneer bottom, scrap glass on bottom, glass tape rails, no glass on top, the dregs of three different resins and custom leash loop. Finally, the fins, rails, and board shape all came from repurposed/modified/stolen from a microbus by BG Surfboards.
While Taylor, François, and Shane all took home Vissla shopping spree prizes, everyone who participated in the contest is truly a winner. Paul stated, in agreement with Donald and Evan, that every entry into the Creators Contest should be extremely proud of his work, and should share this passion of creativity, innovation, and upcycling with others.
Big thanks to Vissla for hosting this special event in our brand new MAKE Workshop. This workshop space serves as the backdrop for projects and residencies that are designed to blend ecological awareness and craftsmanship for a meaningful partnership with Vissla and support the work they do to make a positive impact on our planet.