By Jo Moseley
Photo: Vince Weavers
As beach cleaners and coastal paddlers, we will all have picked up old fishing nets on our trips. It is exciting, therefore, to learn about Ghost Fin’s commitment to turning this waste into paddleboarding fins. Founded by Vince Weavers, Co-founder of lifestyle brand Ebb and Flo Living in Cleethorpes, Ghost Fin’s goal is to be the UK’s first board fin made solely from end-of-life fishing nets, ocean plastics and discarded (ghost) fishing nets.
According to the award-winning charity Ghost Fishing UK, dedicated to removing abandoned marine gear with specialist volunteer divers, over 14 million tonnes of marine debris are added to oceans worldwide each year, and 10% to 20% of this is fishing gear. You can see the scale of this problem and why Vince and Ghost Fin are committed to finding a solution.
The initial prototype of the fin, known as Finnegan, was finalised in early 2022 and tested by Vince. In December 2022, the first batch of 25 fins went into production. Fifteen passionate ambassadors will trial and test these fins prior to general commercial and retail sales. As you can imagine, creating the fin takes time, energy and finance. To support the fin development, the company have launched a range of T-shirts, jewellery and a beanie made from recycled polyester.
Go to www.ghostfin.com and Instagram @ghost_fin to learn more and sign up for the latest news on Finnegan’s journey!