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A new surfboard evolution exhibition in Cornwall, England


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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 June, 2005 : - - A unique exhibition in Cornwall is looking at how surfboards developed from natural wood into one of the most toxic pieces of sports equipment on earth, and perhaps more importantly, what can be done to change this in the future.

Every year over three quarters of a million surfboards are made worldwide, most of them containing petrochemicals.  Now, lead by the Eden Project at Boldeva, there’s a new wave of thinking in surfboard design.

“Full Circle – surfboard evolution” opens on July 1st at Eden with a display of rare and historic surfboards that date from the late 1800s to the present day.

“The exhibition shows the amazing changes in surfboard design over the decades, from the time when they were handmade pieces of wood to the current standard of lightweight fibreglass and foam that everyone accepts, but few of us think of the environmental impact,” said director of The Surfing Museum, Peter Robinson.

“Full Circle will show visitors what we can do to change this, but also give everyone a taste of Britain’s rich surf history that dates back to the time of Captain James Cook. who first saw surfing in Hawaii in the late 1700s”

The boards on display will include a rare Hawaiian koa wood plank, home made hollow wooden longboards from the West Country, classic British surfboards from the 1960s through to the ‘80s – and Eden’s groundbreaking new balsa ‘eco board’.

The eco surfboard was built by Cornish craftsmen using balsa grown at Eden, and has been laminated using natural hemp cloth and vegetable oils – it’s believed to be the world’s first fully biodegradable composite board – you could literally throw it on the compost heap when you’ve finished riding it!

“We see our eco surfboard, and the Full Circle exhibition, as an iconic challenge to industry,” said Eden’s Chris Hines. “It’s a challenge to the surf industry to keeping working in this direction, and because of surfing’s mass appeal, to manufacturers in general to make their products in a sustainable way.”

“Full Circle – surfboard evolution” opens at the Eden Project on July 1st and runs through until August 31st.  For more information log on to or

The Surfing Museum is also open on Brighton seafront with its exhibition of British surf history until September 4th.


“Full Circle – surfboard evolution” is the first exhibition in Britain to look at the change in design surfboards over the last 100 years and their environmental impact.
Opening on July 1st, it will also be the first display of British surfing history ever held in Cornwall.

The Surfing Museum is a not for profit organisation and has opened Britain’s first full time surfing museum on the south coast at Brighton.

The museum director and Full Circle exhibition organiser is Peter Robinson, a 44 year old award winning ITV News reporter and dedicated surfer.

The man behind the eco surfboard is Eden’s Chris Hines, the man who founded Surfers Against Sewage

For further interviews, filming or photo opportunities please contact Peter Robinson on 07887 758324 or email or try Chris Hines on 01726 811911 or email

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