SA Creator Wins International Award


David & The Acorn - © Vissla

Local boy David Wernas has done the greener community super proud. He entered his up-cycled creation into the Vissla competition. What's most impressive is how little additional materials were used to make "The Acorn"

The aptly named acorn was born from an old windsurfer board which had pretty much seen it's day. Or so the previous owner thought when he dropped it off with David at the WaWa factory. From there the experiement began and, in his own words, "I was intrigued by the construction of the board and started by cutting it open to see what was inside. That's when the idea was born."

Awesome or what? Yep, we think so too.

theGREENERsurfer caught up with a very stoked Mr. Wernas to get the full scoop.

TGS: Give our Greener community an insight into the process of your creation?

David Wernas:
The board I built is made using the EPS foam in the core of the windsurfer, covered in an Agave skin. Agave is otherwise known for its use in the Tequila industry, hence its other name tequila plant. The wood i used on the windsurfer is a byproduct of the plant, which only comes out at the end of the plants life. Once the shape was completed and the skin was glued on, the board was glassed with entropy bioresin, arguably the greenest epoxy on the market to date.

Where did your journey into alternative craft building begin?

D.W: I actually did an apprenticeship in Carpentry, and learned to make kitchens, doors, flooring etc. Working construction is tough, and as much as i enjoyed working with my hands, I knew I wouldn't stick around construction sites for too long.
I love surfing, and felt that it was my duty to make a wooden surfboard, using not the conventional surfboard building techniques, but using what I learned while doing carpentry.

TGS: What was it that drew you to sustainability in surfing/surfboards and how did you find the right materials?

D.W: I don't think it's so much about finding the right materials as it is about learning how to work with them. A big part of sustainability and keeping a low carbon footprint in our lifestyle means to work with what we have in our surroundings. It's so much cheaper (in every possible way) to work with locally sourced materials. Especially with the economy doing what it does, importing is just not an option. Agave is great, it's so light and every pole I work with feels and looks different. It's tricky to work with, but all these attributes make is one of the most interesting woods to work with. I don't think I've figured out the best way to use it, but I've come a very long way from the first board i made to the ones I'm making now.

TGS: Where to from here/whats the vision for you?

D.W: The upcycle competition was an awesome experience and I'm stoked I made the finals. I think it's rad that so many people from around the world are trying to life a greener lifestyle and applying that to the surfing industry. Vissla is one of the few companies with an ecological mindset, unfortunately, and our environment could do with a lot more. But the tide is turning, with every upcycle competition and every surfboard that is built using greener technologies/methods. I hope to be able to keep contributing to it!

TGS: Thank you Dave and thanks for your efforts in promoting best practice while playing in the ocean.
D.W: Shot!

See the slides below for the full process from A-Z.

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