In recent months you may have noticed the fantastic initiatives taking place in and around Bude,
Our amazing lifeguards started The Plastic Movement, we have Martin Dorey who founded the '2 minute beach clean' movement, the cleaner sea project was initiated here, the widemouth task force and so many more passionate people working hard to put the spotlight on the critical situation we've put ourselves in, and doing whatever they can to highlight it to the general public.
We recently met Neil Hembrow who runs the BeachCare programme of Keep Britain tidy, they help to fund a lot of small organizations. Neil informed us of how he and others had collected these 6oo bodyboards from only 3 beaches in the space of 1 month, Neil said “Usually these broken boards will end up in landfill. They are manufactured in China, shipped over 5000 miles, distributed to stores and surfed for 10 minutes before breaking and going to landfill. It's such an incredible waste”. Shocking it may be, but its a reality we here at Zuma Jay have witnessed over time. We've been here since the mid 70's, before cheap polystyrene was so widely used in surfing, Back then we sold and rented traditional wooden bodyboards. We still sell our wooden bodyboards manufactured on our shores in Cornwall today. Over 30 years ago to keep up with the evolving bodyboard and boogie board market we moved towards polyethylene boards that don't snap, and they're still going strong, with the Zuma Jay name on it. we guarantee it, see for yourself! They are super durable and will last a lifetime!
The 600 bodyboards that have been collected won't be going to landfill to pollute further. BeachCare will be reusing the Bodyboards for an educational challenge project for South Devon's University Technical College (UTC) before sending the boards onto a play scheme in Bristol for recycling. These boards are just the tip of a very damming ice berg, awareness is key.
Next time you head off on your summer holidays, don't get caught by the cheap bodyboards. A product such as these that costs so little, won't last, doesn’t give you a proper wave riding experience, but more importantly they can be unsafe for adults and children in the water. A quality board not only catches awesome waves, but keeps you safe and shouldn't need to go to landfill. If you would like any further information on what to watch out for when buying any surfing equipment then get hold of us here at the shop. Check out what the guys are up to at Keep Britain Tidy, give them a follow on your preferred social media platform too.
If you think you have a solution for recycling the bodyboards in the future get in-touch with the BeachCare programme via Keep Britain Tide or though their social media sites.
Flick over to BBC1 tonight locally for the Spotlight report on the story from 6:30pm, or catch it on the iPlayer from tomorrow.