UK surfers join eco wetsuit initiative

by Published Thu 30 Apr 2009 18:59
Pro-surfer Jayce Robinson supports green wetsuit initiative

The UK's first-ever national 'Wetsuit Amnesty' is to launch this weekend as surfers do their bit to protect the environment.

Organisers Rip Curl are spearheading the event from their European flagship Pro store in Newquay, Cornwall.

Unused wetsuits have already begun arriving at the surf store in advance of this weekend’s event which will kick off at 6pm on Saturday with live music and the free giveaway of Project Resurrection Flip Flops in return for wetsuits brought in throughout day.

Cornwall’s local surfers have been preparing for the Wetsuit Amnesty by digging out their old rubber, including Rip Curl surfer and Eco Ambassador Tom Lowe, who said: “As a surfer, I’ve always recycled and tried to do what I can for the environment, everyone in Cornwall must have an old wetsuit, probably an old florescent one”

Pro surfer Jayce Robinson has also been dusting off his unused wetsuits and added: “It’s great to have a worthwhile use for these old suits, generally if my old suits are still usable I pass them onto other surfers, but these have definitely had it so they'll make some great slaps.

“It’s great that someone is taking the lead and is so committed to the environment".

As well as surfers and wetsuit owners nationwide, Facebook’s online community has also been mobilized via Rip Curl’s Wetsuit Amnesty event page, with group members posting positive comments about the initiative and pledging to attend the event in support of the outfitter’s environmental initiatives.

Rip Curl’s UK Marketing Manager James Hendy said: “It’s fantastic to see everyone backing this event and getting actively involved with sustainable products. We’re really proud to produce the largest range of ecological products in the surf sports industry and it’s great that we can share that with so many people directly, giving the results straight back to them.”

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