Front Page of the Local Newspaper

Here is the article and photo that was on the front page of one of the local newspapers (Tweed Echo).

Recycling surfboards a swell idea
Written by Tania Phillips
Thursday, 22 April 2010

Surfriders Foundation Gold Coast-Tweed branch president Adam Feichtmann, front, and Chris Payne, president of Kirra Boardriders, background, at Currumbin Alley where the board swap will take place. Photo Jeff ‘Bored’ Dawson

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and the Gold Coast-Tweed Branch of the Surfriders Foundation believe that extends to surf boards too.
Branch president Adam Feichtmann has come up with the concept of ‘boardswapping’ based on an idea from his native country.
The southern Californian-born surf activist is encouraging all surfers across the Tweed-Gold Coast region to come along to Currumbin Alley on Saturday, May 1 with any old boards they don’t want and swap them with their mates.
Surfrider Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (CARE)
Adam said the event, from 9am to midday, aims to ‘highlight the beauty of reducing, re-using, and recycling surfboards in a city obsessed with the consumption of new surfboards’.
‘I heard of a similar event in the US six months ago and thought it was a great idea. The idea is simple, if someone has an old board sitting in the house that they are not using they can bring it along and swap it with someone else!’
He said the aim was to help conserve resources and reduce landfill (where old boards may have ended up).
The board swap isn’t restricted to one type of board, with surfers being encouraged to bring along short and long-boards of all types and ages.
Surfers just need to come along and register on the day and they will then be talked through the process and at the end they will have a new board without spending hundreds of dollars or adding to pollution, waste or landfill.
Adam, who ironically sold all his old boards at a garage sale before he moved back out to Australia several months ago, said there had already been a lot of interest in the event from surfers along the Tweed and Gold Coast.

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