Surfing the waves at school

STUDENTS have been taking part in the only after-school club in the country making special surfboards.

The Queensway school in Worle has five pupils who are making recycled hollow wooden surfboards as part of the new period six sessions, which starts at 3pm at the end of the school day.

Year seven and eight students will donate future boards to local primary schools, while years nine, 10 and 11 make them for their own use.

Design and technology teacher Darren Skelton said: “My hobby is making surfboards and I love surfing after growing up in South Africa, so am now helping students to learn how to make them.

“I want to make woodworking more accessible and modern. Once the surfboards are finished we are hoping to go to North Devon and test their boards.”


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Modern surfboards retail at about �400 and are made from petroleum based foam, but they only last about two years with regular use.

However, Darren’s boards are made out of recycled wood, are environmentally friendly and can last for 100 years.

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