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What To Do With Old Surfboards

Updated: May 7

What happens when your trusty surfboard has seen better days? Today, let's look at some creative options for what to do with old surfboards, ensuring they continue to bring the stoke for everyone.


What To Do With Old Surfboards

What To Do With Old Surfboards


1. Repurpose Into Art

Transform your old surfboard into a piece of art that reflects your love for the ocean. Whether it's painting a mural on the board, adding mosaic tiles, or turning it into a unique sculpture, the possibilities are endless. Hang it on your wall as a reminder of your surfing adventures or give it away as a gift for one of your surfing amigos birthday!


What To Do With Old Surfboards

2. Create Functional Furniture

Give your old surfboard a new lease on life by repurposing it into functional furniture. With a little ingenuity, you can turn it into a coffee table, bench, or even a headboard for your bed. This is a great choice if you want to add a touch of coastal charm to your home decor.


3. Donate or Sell

If your surfboard is still in decent condition, consider donating it to a local surfer, surf shop or community organization. It could become someone else's first board, who may not be able to afford one at the time and ignite a passion for surfing. Or, you can sell it to a fellow surfer who may be looking for an affordable option to get started in the sport. Throw it on Offer-Up and see if you can get any messages. After all, what surfer isn't constantly looking for a new blade.


4. Upcycle Into Functional Gear

Get creative with upcycling your old surfboard into functional gear for your next beach outing. Cut it into pieces to make fins for bodyboarding or skimboarding. You can also repurpose the foam core into flotation devices or waterproof storage containers for your beach essentials. It's a sustainable way to extend the life of your surfboard while adding convenience to your beach adventures.


5. Turn Into a Decorative Display

Embrace the surf culture aesthetic by turning your old surfboard into a decorative display piece. Lean it against a wall in your home or outdoor patio to create a laid-back vibe. Add string lights, shells, or other coastal pieces to enhance the ambiance and bring a touch of Scorpion Bay's coastal charm into your space. If you've got enough old boards, make a cool fence out of them, or add them to corners of your fence to give it some beach character.


6. Repairs and Modifications

If your surfboard is salvageable with minor repairs or modifications, consider investing in refurbishment. Patch up any dings or cracks, replace worn-out fins, or reshape the board to suit your evolving surfing style. Have an old longboard? Maybe consider cutting it up and having someone glass it into something smaller for you to play around with on some fun days in Baja!


7. Recycling

As a last resort, explore recycling options for your old surfboard. Many surfboard manufacturers offer recycling programs to responsibly dispose of old boards and repurpose the materials into new products. By choosing recycling, you're contributing to a more sustainable future for the surfing community and the planet. See if your local shop has this option!


For more tips on surfboard selection and beach essentials, check out our guides on "How to Choose a Surfboard" and "Must-Haves for the Beach."


See you in Baja, yeeww!

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