If there’s one thing that just won’t go away no matter how hard we seemingly try, it’s the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans. While everybody from GStar to Adidas has announced changes to their supply chains or entirely new product lineups made from waste sourced from oceans, few are as passionate about keeping our oceans and beaches clean than surfers.

With a background in architecture and a passion for the ocean, surfer François Jaubert decided to take matters into his own hands and upcycled his own cardboard waste into a modern shortboard surfboard design that rivals those made from traditional environment–harming foam surfboard designs.

In total, 90% of his board is made from reused materials while the final 10% is used on the fiberglass and resin to make the otherwise weak material waterproof and rideable.



As for how well it rides? Well, see for yourself:

The board was crafted as a part of the Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest created through a partnership between the Surfrider Foundation and Vissla.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.