08 • 02 • 2019

5th Annual Vissla | Surfrider Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest

Surfrider has once again partnered up with Surf Industry Coastal Defender, Vissla, for the 5th Annual Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest to ‘convert waste into want’ and raise awareness of plastic pollution. Check out the 2019 video below!

Vissla and Surfrider are teaming up to challenge the wave-conscious to upcycle an old or found object -that might otherwise be trash- into a functional wave riding craft (i.e. surfboards, handplanes, paipos, fins, alaias, skim boards, boats, etc.). All contestants must enter a video or three to six photographs showing their project from start to finish via Instagram with the hashtag #CreatorsContest and country of residence by September 9, 2019. Judging will be based on innovation, functionality, creativity, design, and aesthetics.

Finalists will be selected and asked to send in their projects for verification and final voting. Finalists will be announced at the final event on October 18, 2019 at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California, awarded exclusive prizes and invited to an event gallery show to have their final creation on display. 

For more information and contest rules, visit

Learn about Surfrider's plastic pollution initiative and how you can rise above plastics, here

And, check out the Vissla Made for Surfrider To Protect and Surf featuring limited edition collection shirts, boardshorts and a hat here!!