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10:29 26th September 2008 by
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Bonhams Surfboard auction

Bidders be aware – the SAS Drawing Boards Auction is just under a month away.

On Thursday 23rd October, Bonhams Auctioneers in London is selling 14?eco-surfboards, painted and decorated by contemporary artists and celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney, Tracy Emin, Gavin Turk and graffiti artist Pure Evil.

Made from the greenest possible surfboard materials by the green fingers of Laminations in St. Agnes, Cornwall, these boards are truly unique. Hang it on your wall or take it out at Pipe – either way, it’s a work of art.

The proceeds of this auction will go to Surfers Against Sewage – heroic guardians of Britain’s coastal environment.

Visit the website for more details.

About the boards

Key to the project has been the craftsmanship of St Agnes based surfboard shapers Laminations.These veteran expert shapers have been instrumental in creating the collection. Working with well-respected local shapers meant that SAS could ensure the highest quality finish on each and every one of the works. Laminations pride themselves in their craftsmanship and produce only the highest quality surfboards. Their hugely experienced and skilled craftsmen worked tirelessly in advising on all the Drawing Boards artworks, shaping the blanks for the project, glassing, polishing and finishing each of the 14 surfboards.

Stevie Croft of Laminations says, “Working with more sustainable materials has been just as easy as working with their toxic counterparts. They behave well throughout the manufacturing process and give excellent performance in the water. It’s also a great bonus for us not to be handling such toxic and polluting materials and, as can be seen with the drawing boards collections, these low impact materials produce a beautiful surfboard.”

SAS has ensured that all the surfboards used in the collection have the smallest environmental impact possible. Each board has been made with Biofoam and glassed in Eco-comp UV Resins. These Biofoam blanks and Eco resins cost the same as their 100% petro-chemicals counterparts, but these boards consist of more than 50% organic material. And, weight for weight they are proving stronger than traditional surfboards.

The directors of Bonhams were so impressed with Surfers Against Sewage Drawing Boards collection that they decided to move the artworks to feature as centrepiece of their Urban Art auction on Thursday, 23rd October. The boards will displayed at Bonhams’ New Bond Street gallery for the event and images of the collection will be used on auction invitations and as part of Bonhams publicity – a move that will help raise valuable awareness for SAS campaigns and attract the very best international bidders.
Surfing’s long-standing association with counter-culture movements such as urban art, along with the inclusion of leading street artists Nick Walker, Beejoir, Pure Evil and Eine, means the collection is perfectly placed to feature in perhaps the UK?s most eagerly anticipated urban art sales of the year.

SAS Executive Director, Hugo Tagholm says: “We are delighted that the Drawing Boards collection has its roots in the emerging environmentally friendly surfboard manufacture base that has its home in Cornwall. We?re all eagerly anticipating the Urban Art Auction. Having this increased profile should not only help us achieve the very best fundraising goal but should also help attract new supporters and members to our ongoing campaign to keep the oceans clean.”

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