Five-Star Hotel Encourages Guests to ‘Borrow a Board’ for Eco-Friendly Surf

Guests can enjoy a free two-hour surf session thanks to The Headland’s exciting new initiative in Newquay, Cornwall

Planning your next staycation adventure? A top Cornish hotel is making waves in the surfing world after commissioning its own environmentally friendly boards from a local business, in an effort to combat waste from discarded polystyrene alternatives.

The Headland, which overlooks world famous surf spot Fistral Beach, has joined forces with fellow Newquay business Dick Pearce Bellyboards to offer guests a fun, sustainability-minded way to enjoy the sea.

Veryan Palmer, Director, told The Wordrobe: “We are so pleased to be supporting our guests to join the revolution against the discarded polystyrene boards that litter the Cornish beaches through the summer months, and will be encouraging everyone young and old to borrow a board and head out for some fun on the stunning beaches surrounding the hotel.”

Guests are encouraged to visit the onsite surf school, Surf Sanctuary, to pick up a board for a two-hour wave riding session, with no charge. Jamie Johnstone, joint owner of Dick Pearce Bellyboards, added: “It is great to have the iconic Headland Hotel supporting local businesses, particularly those that are focussing on environmental sustainability and the continuation of Newquay belly board construction.  

We made the boards in the Headland colours and added an eco-marine varnish to keep them in tip top shape for the summer season.” The collaboration is part of a wider multi-agency initiative to use wooden boards rather than cheap polystyrene alternatives, which are routinely discarded at beaches in the town and at nearby Crantock and Holywell Bay.

Guests staying at The Headland Hotel or Cottages can hire a board for free from Surf Sanctuary, located on the lower ground floor level.  The surf school team offer belly board coaching tips to anyone heading out for the first time and lessons can also be booked.

Determined to be as eco-minded as possible, BeachCare’s body board recycling project also involves local volunteers collecting the discarded polystyrene boards and storing them at Newquay Marine Group, where they are stripped into component parts. SWM & Waste Recyling Ltd, based in Barnstaple, then recycles the Expanding Polystyrene Sheets from the body boards thanks to the process set up by Ocean Recovery Project.

Wooden belly boards originated in Hawaii before becoming popular in the UK in the early 20th century. Dick Pearce took over the business from his father Charles, who had begun to make belly boards in his family’s tannery workshop when the popularity of surfing took off in the 1960s.  Jamie and his business partner Andy were introduced to the original manufacturing methods used by Charles – a guarded family secret – after Dick passed away in 2010.

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