SOLANA BEACH — Visitors from as far away as Utah and others close enough to walk were on hand for the fourth annual Future of Surfing held Sept. 25 at Fletcher Cove Park.
The four-hour event was designed to advance sustainability in surfing, highlight evolving ideas and environmentally focused practices in the surf industry and give back to the community.
Proceeds once again benefited the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard program. The fundraiser included food, entertainment, a raffle, art demonstrations and a used surfboard sale.
Attendees who donated a used board that could still be ridden received a coupon redeemable for products such as surf blanks, art, shoes, clothing and other items from event sponsors.
Rerip, founded by Meghan Dambacher of Solana Beach and Lisa Carpenter, began as a website for people to buy and sell used surf, snow and skate gear. With the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Rerip,” the company strives to keep boards out of landfills while finding new ways to reduce waste and harmful practices.
One good example of that goal is Enjoy Handplanes, a six-month-old company making its first appearance at the Future of Surfing this year.
Founded by Leucadia resident Ed Lewis and Kipp Denslow of La Costa, the company makes hand planes for body surfing using either old foam from broken boards or ruined blanks from manufacturing for the board and neoprene from used wetsuits to make the handles.
Enjoy Handplanes has a customer list that spans the globe. All hand planes are shipped in recycled boxes. Business cards are handwritten on used corrugated boxes shaped like body boards.