Always advocating for a cleaner surf industry, Rerip also hosts local events and awareness campaigns for surf and environmental education.
For nearly a decade, Rerip has collected thousands of unwanted surfboards, fins, and wetsuits through its partnerships with surf shops, dedicated volunteers, and surf manufacturers up and down the coast of California.
Once collected, boards are inventoried depending on their current state. Unrideable and broken boards are used by artists and do-it-yourselfers to create unique art pieces. Rideable boards are repaired to be surfed again. Some boards are resold; and many are given away to schools, non-profits, and people in need.
Rerip collects any board in any condition. Artists and organizations near and far seek these boards to repurpose them into art pieces, showers, bedframes, benches, fences, displays or signage. Everything from fins and broken bits to complete boards have been salvaged and reused. There are many mixed media works and fine art paintings created out of something that would have otherwise been buried in the dump.
REUSE FOR SURFING
Many boards given to the program are in great shape. Rerip works with local ding repair craftsman at Coconut Peets to make sure the boards are watertight. Many of the boards are given away to non-profit organizations, schools, groms or people in need. Some of these boards are resold for nominal prices. The monies are used to sustain the program.
EXPERIMENTS IN DOWNCYCLING
With most reuse endeavors, there is still some waste. Rerip has experimented with putting broken boards into concrete for non structural uses, like patios and parking stoppers. They have also used virgin foam dust as filler in concrete for kitchen counter tops and bars.