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SURFRIDER ECO CHALLENGE
Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wooden surfboard enthusiasts to gather at Coolum Beach.

Want a chance to meet likeminded wood surfboard enthusiasts such as yourself? Feel the urge to show off that beautifully crafted quiver and interested in seeing what others have created? Golden Days Surfrider Eco Challenge offers this opportunity.

With the support of local surfing industry giants, Surfing Queensland, Tommy Wegener, Codfish, and Surfing Green this day is an opportunity for the wood surfboard and sustainable surfboard community to get out and enjoy sharing their love for all things wood. Surfrider Foundation is excited to be bringing a surf event to Coolum Beach, as part of Golden Days Surfrider Eco Challenge on Sunday November 18, from 8am-5.30pm.

Whether you have crafted and built your own wooden board or simply have a wood surfboard of any age and style you would like to share with other splinter enthusiasts, you will be at home at this event. Every board has a story and this is an opportunity for individuals to come together and bask in the glory of wood and all that it represents.

Local sustainable surf company Surfing Green is well and truly behind this event, with owner Dave O'Reilly welcoming the opportunity for the beauty, functionality and most of all sustainability of timber surfboards to be in the spotlight and showcased at this diverse festival. "Timber surfboards are often appreciated as a flashback to a bygone era, but we are seeing the popularity of timber surfboards only increasing as sustainable materials are used more and more often to create functional, high performance boards as well as traditional wooden longboards," Mr O'Reilly states.

President of the local Surfrider Foundation branch, Sally Atkinson, feels that this event is both an opportunity to celebrate coastal communities, as well as bringing wooden surfboards out for everyone to enjoy, irrelevant of age or experience.

"It's not only good for the environment, by promoting a more eco-friendly material, but it's about people from all walks of life coming together," Ms Atkinson said.

So whether your wooden surfboard has been personally handcrafted or if it has sat gathering dust in the rafters for the past while, you are encouraged to come along and lay it out for all to admire. Surfers and timber craftsmen alike can have a chat about the various methods of board building including techniques and materials, learn from others and help inspire others to get started.

"Spreading the word through a noncompetitive, noncommercial forum such as this one helps showcase the wealth of knowledge out there in this area of board building and how anyone can make their own timber board," says Dave O'Reilly.

"In the spirit of the eco surf challenge day, we'd love to see as many people as possible come along and share some knowledge and stoke while demonstrating that sustainable boards such as these have done and will continue to stand the test of time."

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