THE old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” couldn't be truer for an accountant and landscape gardener who have become surf inventors.
Friends Andrew McMaster and Ryan “Milza” Miller, of Tweed Heads, have invented a temporary surfboard repair product called Board Bog.
The natural water-tight product has been on the market for about six months and is on the verge of taking the surfing world by storm.
Mr McMaster said the idea for the product came when an airline damaged Milza's surf board on a trip to Victoria about five years ago.
“He didn't know until he was about to hit the water,” he said.
“So it was miss the surf or bog it up.”
That event set the research and development process in motion.
“Milza would be outside at the barbecue – smoke everywhere, beer in one hand and saucepan in the other,” Mr McMaster said.
Milza said the end result was an ultra hard, organic Bluetack-like product.
“It has an indefinite life, you can leave it on forever if you like,” he said.
“If everyone carries it, no one will ever have to surf with a damaged board or miss out on the surf again.”
The product retails for $5 and has received interest from countries as far afield as Israel.
“It is stocked in 250 stores in Australia alone,” Milza said.
“We're being contacted from overseas – the French Reunion Island, New Zealand, Chilli, Fiji, Brazil and we have a big distributor in Japan who has just signed with us as well.”
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