Earlier this year we reported on a Kickstarter campaign by a company called Five Oceans who were raising money to bring a unique and totally sustainable surfboard fin to market. These fins are called ecoFin and we are pleased to tell you that the team have managed to secure the funding there were seeking and the ecoFin will be launched in March 2016.
The ecoFin is a surfboard fin that is made from plastic waste gathered from our oceans
and is 15% lighter than other comparable fins. ecoFins are designed to fit all current fin systems and will work in waves up to double overhead and on all board designs. According to the ecoFin founders, the last few weeks were an “intense and very enriching experience where the positive outcomes outweigh the challenge work behind.” It sounds as though the last few weeks were certainly nerve wracking but in the end the team secured nearly $8000 AUD over their funding target.
The next phase of the operation is to get the first run of ecoFins out to the backers who have supported the campaign, whilst at the same time continuing to research and develop other high performance innovations using recycled materials to be implemented into a other lifestyle products.
For any of you who missed the kickstarter campaign, the ecoFin is still available to pre order and below this article you can find a 30 minute documentary of the story behind ecoFin, narrated by the surf pioneer and icon Rusty Miller, who was the first person to surf Uluwatu in Bali. What other items could you suggest to manufacture from marine waste and will you be keen to try ecoFins for yourself?