Sep 162011

We’re making a hollow wooden surfboard for comedian Mark Sampson to use in his Africa Clockwise stand-up comedy show.

Sampson’s latest laughter-packed, solar-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy takes a hilarious look at climate change and the end of the world as we know it. It’s a challenge to go green – and that’s where the hollow wooden surfboard comes in.

Wood offers a natural alternative to synthetic materials and hollow wooden surfboards are long-lasting, eliminating the need for replacement. There’s less chance that a wood surfboard will end up on a landfill site and if it did a substantial part of it would biodegrade.

Other environmental credentials for wood include the fact that wood is not artificially manufactured – it is a natural product that can be replaced. It’s also possible to use recycled wood to make the boards in the first place, with obvious environmental plusses.

Limiting the amount of imported timber used – because this carries high carbon miles – and trying to source locally and sustainably grown timber for the boards is another way in which the environment can be taken into account.

The picture here is the beginning of Sampson’s board: these are scraps of wood that would otherwise be thrown away, but they’re now being used in the making of the board.

The board itself is a 7.4 based on a classic fish shape. The fish is usually a shorter board, but longer versions are not uncommon. The idea is that it will have lots of paddle power, speed and maneuverability and will cruise through flat sections without lagging. And of course it’s going to look beautiful on stage with Sampson.

Sampson’s show is well worth going to see and he recently returned from a successful stint at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The show challenges his audience to ‘Beat the Heat’, with the Noordhoek-based comedian playing the host of a global warming game show. A review by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival publication Cue Review stated: “Mark Sampson seeks to entertain and educate through his brand new stand-up act. Poking fun at the modern consumerist lifestyle and its impact on global warming, Sampson hilariously explores what it means to ‘go green’ in this day and age. Extremely funny.” Check out his Facebook page to keep track of his latest shows.


  2 Responses to “Hollow wood surfboards meet stand-up comedy”

  1. Way to go! Another convert to the cause – can’t wait to see this one finished!

  2. I can’t wait to get my hands (and feet!) on it!
    Art meets function with full green credentials, highly recommended!
    Thank you!
    And another exclamation mark just for the hell of it!

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