Yesterday we reported on the news that the Eddie Aikau “Eddie Would Go” Contest had entered it’s waiting period and the contestants are now waiting for a 20 foot swell so the comp can go ahead. Today we bring you news of another big wave event that has entered it’s waiting period and will be held at the UK’s most famous big wave spot – The Cribbar. The #BenWoodGo Challenge is a collaboration between Surfers Against Sewage, Otter Surfboards and Ben Skinner and will see Skindog ride The Cribbar on a Sustainable Surfboard.
The idea behind the #BenWoodGo Challenge is to increase awareness of different materials that surfboards can be made from and how standard surfboard manufacture currently releases 220000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions into the environment. Carbon Dioxide emissions are well documented for having a massive detrimental affect on climate change, which in turn is impinging the waves and beaches we all enjoy.
The waiting period for #BenWoodGo opened on the 2nd of December and the team have until 28th of February to get it done. Ben Skinner will head out and ride The cribbar if and when a big enough swell arrives this winter. The 9’8″ hollow surfboard has been crafted by the Otter Surfboard crew and is made from locally sourced red cedar, keeping the carbon emissions related to the board to an absolute minimum.
Skindog is no stranger out at the Cribbar and has ridden it many times, but never on a sustainable cedar wood surfboard, below this article you will see a video of Skindog, Richie Sills and Dan Chapman surfing the huge wave off of the Towan headland at Newquay. To find out more about the project take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage page here and follow them on Facebook for announcements when the Challenge goes ahead. Have you changed over to a sustainable surfboard yet?