Creators & Innovators 2016


This year marks the 2nd annual Vissla + Surfrider Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest, where the organizers challenged the public to take something that might be considered waste and create something that can be used in the ocean. We had the pleasure of gathering the community to celebrate the results of this contest and the finalists' projects on Friday night at Interval Gallery in San Clemente, CA. The gallery was packed, full of curious passers-by, industry legends, Creator & Innovator Donald Brink, and of course, contestants, coming from all over the world -- Brazil, Portugal, Cayman Islands, Australia, South Africa, Northern California, and the list goes on... Vissla has always valued the concept of Upcycling, and it has become one of the foundations on which the company builds itself. Because upcycling means such a great deal to us, we feel extremely grateful to share this concept with people from all over the world, and are humbled by the amount of support and participation in this year's contest.

After much debate, three 16 & Under and 16 Open Division finalists were chosen and showcased at our event on Friday night. Our judges for the night included Creator & Innovator Donald Brink and Vissla founder and president Paul Naude.

* South Africa's David Wernas came in at a very credible third place for his agave and resin re-purposed windsurf board, dubbed "The Acorn". We will have a full interview with David coming soon.

- Official press release from Vissla.

SA's very own Donald Brink & Paul Naude are the masterminds behind this fun and unique competition. all images © Vissla

See some examples produced by the talented & resourceful upcyclers, below. 


16 & Under Division
1st – Ian Irish | Fins made from denim and resin
2nd – Danny Link | Wakeboard made from pallet wood with wine-box fins
3rd – Leon Agurruza | Handplane made from discarded styrofoam bowl

Open Division
1st – François Jaubert | Surfboard made from cardboard and resin
2nd – Fabricio Flores Nunes | Surfboard made from styrofoam offcuts and resin
3rd – David Wernas | Surfboard made from agave and resin

Most Functional – Adam Baldwin | Surfboard made from EPS and PU foam with agave and western red cedar and epoxy resin
Best Use of Materials – Michael Kenney | Handplanes made 100% from discarded plastic

*Disclaimer: theGREENERsurfer is in no way affiliated to Vissla and receives no financial benefits. We just love a great initiative!

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