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Video: Jack Johnson Surfs a Board Made of Recycled Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts seem to be everywhere. With an estimated 4.5 TRILLION cigarettes littered every year, it’s no surprise we come across them so frequently. This isn’t good news for aquatic life as the chemicals found in cigarette butts are toxic to fish and microorganisms. Cigarette butts also contain cellulose acetate, a form of plastic. That means they never fully decompose. Yikes.

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So why do so many people toss them on the ground without a second thought? Well, it’s become a cultural norm and most folks don’t know any better. Surfer and musician Jack Johnson says “It’s something from our past that kinda seems badass, but culture changes and hopefully this will be thought of as super lame now.”

To spark conversation and help drive change, Jack Johnson teamed up with industrial designer Taylor Lane and filmmaker Ben Judkins to make “The Cigarette Surfboard.” The duo creates surfboards made of thousands of littered cigarette butts and then collaborates with surfers to make environmental films. Johnson met the ciggy boys in 2018 at the International Marine Debris Conference. After hearing about their project, Johnson invited them out to Hawaii so he could try out a “ciggy board” for himself. Watch to see Johnson shred the shit out of the unique board.

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VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia
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VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia

VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia

Namibia's Skeleton Coast doesn't have a lot going for it. The desert coast is inhospitable, home to dense fog, less than half an inch of annual rainfall, and over 1000 rusting shipwrecks. The local San people referred to it as "The Land That God Made in Anger," which is both quite poetic and a pretty solid indication that it's not a very nice place. RELATED: This Smooth Surf Edit is Yoga for the Eyes The major draw, besides shipwreck-sightseeing, is Skeleton Bay, home to some of Earth's

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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence
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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

Have you ever been surfing at Pipeline in Hawaii, caught a perfect barrel, and realized that you're not going to make it out of the barrel before it crushes you? No? We haven't either, but it happens. So, in anticipation of a future surf trip during which we'll have developed the skills requisite to get barreled, there's no one we'd rather have prepare us for the perils of a closeout than Nate Florence.  RELATED: WSL Cancels 2020 Season, Makes Tour Format Changes Given how much Nate surfs,

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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE
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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

It’s certainly been a weird time for surfing. The WSL's season was canceled. Who knows when we’ll be able to safely hop on a plane for that dream surf getaway. Not to mention all the beaches throughout the U.S. that have been closed altogether because of the pandemic. These days a little good news wouldn’t be so bad, which is why the Portuguese Surf Film Festival decided to offer their incredible line up of films for free through a virtual event. Sure, it doesn’t beat being on the beaches of