You wiped out on a heavy wave and your shred stick snapped nearly in half, a fracture too severe to repair. Or maybe your board’s just old and sluggish, full of dents, dings and water.

If you don’t want to send your used-up surfboard to a landfill — where it could be excavated in nearly the same shape by an archaeologist in the year 2217 — what can you do instead?

Go smaller

Mini Simmons. Photo by Zita Films 360.

Your board could come back as a Mini Simmons. Photo: Courtesy of Zita Films 360

Peel off your surfboard’s hard candy shell to expose the softer blank inside, then reshape it into a smaller board. Mini Simmons, anyone? Watch how it’s done.

Go even smaller

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Handplanes can make even crappy waves fun to ride, and your dearly departed surfboard can become enough handplanes for everyone in your family.

Enjoy recycles broken surfboards into tiny new wave-riding machines, and they’ll take your old wetsuits too.

Make art, not trash

Turn your surfboard into a canvas and paint a piece you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. Prep first by cleaning the surface thoroughly and sanding it lightly so the paint will stick.

Not much of an artist? Try these easy basic stripes.

Sit on it

Surfboard chair spotted at a California festival

Surfboard chair spotted at a California festival. Photo: Cynthia Replogle

Craft a unique piece of furniture by turning your old surfboard into a chair, a bench or even a table. Find more ideas in the 1000 Surfboard Graveyard.

Grind it up

Enjoy the Buddha #1 waste polyurethane foam dust and cement. So stoked.

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Enjoy mixes waste foam dust and plastic beach trash into cement to form Buddha statues. And Rerip partnered with a construction company that tested ground boards as concrete filler for patios and parking stops.

Run your stick through a shredder, mix up the pieces in cement and cast an army of gnomes to guard your backyard.

That’s not recycling; this is recycling


Will mushrooms be part of your next surfboard? Photo: Courtesy of Delo

Those ideas aren’t really recycling, you say. Call them upcycling or downcycling; what you want to know is how to actually reuse your surfboard.

Unfortunately, that technology isn’t quite ready for prime time. Although you can buy an Ecoboard now, true recycling requires an even greener board to start.

Ecovative has grown blanks from mushrooms, and Connora developed a method to recycle carbon fiber laminates.

Recyclable handplanes and snowboards are already here, and it’s only a matter of time until you’ll be able to buy a truly recyclable surfboard.

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