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A band of night surfers made their boards and wetsuits glow with what appears to be EL wire and tape. It seems to be a promo film produced by Strongbow Australia. I’d be curious to see their scheme for waterproofing the connections and battery packs!

To mark the start of summer, Strongbow joined forces with legendary surfing filmmaker Jack McCoy (Endless Summer II), Bali Strickland and Eugene Tan (Aquabumps) to capture Australia’s largest glow in the dark surf attempt at Bondi Beach. On summer’s eve, 17 Strongbow surfers descended on Bondi Beach in custom made glow-in-the-dark surfboards and wetsuits as an official “welcome to summer” for Strongbow. Channel 10′s Bondi Rescue lifeguards, Corey Oliver and Andrew Reid, were among the surfers taking part. Hundreds of onlookers lined the beach and the Bondi Icebergs balcony to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.


Tron Bag with EL Wire

Becky Stern

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It will be interesting to see if the Neon is a shark attractant!    This is NOT a good idea

    1. Les Clay says:

      Little did they know that the squeal of the inverter would be a dinner bell for…

  2. Dark Shadows says:

    I have been selling EL wire for about 6 years. I think they are not using EL wire, but some flexible deffracted LED solution, based on the brightness (much brighter than EL wire) and also the short sections.

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