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1000 Surfboard Graveyard | Sustainability | Creative Project


Chris Anderson is a designer/ surfer/ media artist and currently studying Graphic Design at The University of Wollongong, Australia. Trendspotting loves Chris’ latest big creative project with a green cause. With “1,000 Surfboard Graveyard” he wants to “raise awareness for the

lifecycle of a surfboard; including carbon emissions, non-renewable resource consumption and disposal into landfill”.

By installing 1,000 broken surfboards in the form of a massive graveyard on Garie Beach on the Australian East coast, Chris wants to remind today’s society of their heavily materialized throw-away attitude. “1,000 Surfboard Graveyard, aims at provoking new ideas, having fun, and generating fresh conversations about the sustainability of high performance surfboards,” he says. On his website, Chris also introduces other surfboard artists and their creative projects.

If you like this idea as much as we do, you can help realise this project by either pledging to the cause or submitting your own broken surfboard (or that of a friend for that matter).


Want to know more about Chris? We conducted a short interview with him to find out what he’s doing when he’s not smashing surfboards.



Trendspotting: Who or what inspires you?

Chris: I am inspired by surfing and people who are chasing what they really want in life.


Trendspotting:  What is the greatest invention of all times and why?

Chris: The internet. It lets people have the world at their fingertips.


Trendspotting: What invention would have been better off if it hadn’t been invented?

Chris: The SlobStopper, it’s a big bib to protect your shirt from coffee spills. YouTube it. (We did and what can I say? He is right! Check it out.)


Trendspotting: What are the three things you don’t leave the house without?

Chris: iPhone, Keys and


Trendspotting: What was the last concert you saw?

Chris: DJ Blackbear & Honeybear at The Little Price in Wollongong, Australia

Trendspotting: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Chris: The ability to breathe underwater!

Trendspotting: What’s your favourite style of food?
Chris: Italian – pizza, pasta and

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Trendspotting: If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?
Chris: David Attenborough, for some crazy animal conversations.

Trendspotting: What would you imagine the world to look like in 15 years from today?
Chris: It’ll be overpopulated, I know that much.

Trendspotting: If you could chose any place to live in the world where would you want to live?
Chris: I’ve grown up on the Wollongong/Kiama part of the Australian coastline so I don’t have a lot to complain about. I’ll live anywhere near fun rideable waves!

Is there anything else you want to share with the world?
Chris: It’s estimated that there’s between 35-55million surfboards in circulation – that’s a carbon footprint of between 9.8 billion KG, CO2e & 15.4 billion KG, CO2e - The vast majority of this which goes straight to landfill.

Trendspotting: Do we want to add something? Yes! Follow 1000 Surfboard Graveyard on Facebook and keep up to date reading the blog.

Most importantly: Help crowd founding this project and/ or submit your broken surfboard!


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