Make waves with bottles of milk
“The Bundoran bubble has you!” exclaims Noah Lane, a renowned Australian surfer now living in Bundoran, County Donegal, and part of the city’s growing surf community. Along with other surf instructors, musician Adam Cross and Gerald Arbuckle of Strabane, Lane is one of three founders of the city’s super cool cafe, Foam “celebrating all the coffee, food and coastal culture.” The opening of the cafe was a way to allow the three friends to live in Bundoran and continue to ride the waves when the Peak, his legendary surf spot, begins to pump.
They also created an innovative way to make a hand-held airplane (a wave-surfing device used by surfers) by recycling waste plastic milk bottles from the cafe, with each airplane reusing 10 milk bottles in a process that involves from cleaning and melting to molding and finishing by hand. , made in a workshop at the back of the cafÃ©.
It all started when the guys approached friends Eoin McNally and Ian Walton from weareothers.com, âmicro entrepreneurialâ designers who collaborate on surf and environmental projects, with the idea of ââmaking something out of waste. McNally and Walton’s experiments, prototyping, and various projects included making organic surf wax, hand-foiled wooden fins, shaping surfboards, and even a VW Transporter conversion into a separate camper van. whole âfor all-season getaways on the west coastâ.
The result is their circularly designed product using milk bottles, melted and molded onto a cork deck pad and finished with a handmade strap mounted on threaded brass inserts that will appeal to everyone from swimmers to sea ââto bodysurfers.
With swimming at sea experiencing such a resurgence due to the pandemic, the use of a hand plane that can ride a wave faster, longer, and with more control is one way to make a swim a little more exciting, especially for those who don’t necessarily want to take the time to learn to surf or bodyboard.
According to Magic Seaweed, these surfers and others like them who are starting small food businesses in the city – conscious young people with similar ethics – are changing the look and taste of Bundoran. And manual boarding is not only fun, but encourages physical health and mental well-being. It gives a whole new meaning to flying.
The planes sell for â¬ 85 on the Foam website, each numbered and signed. # Wastetowaves. moussebundoran.com