Project blank wetsuit review: The discarded Wheal Kitty mine stack overlooks a number that are reinventing local industries. There is the headquarters of the pioneering naval conservation agency Surfers Against Sewage. Next door is Canteen, a community-minded cafe that brings locals together over £5 meals and long trestle tables. They are frequently ravenous after a surf or beach clean at Trevaunance Cove, a hypersaturated blue on this scorcher of a summer day.
The offices and flagship store of Finisterre, an outdoor apparel company focused on sustainability and functionality, are also nearby. Wetsuits from Wetsuits was originally conceived and funded as a two-year programme that would theoretically end in November, but Banks says it is now a five-year plan that requires backing from the big guns.
“At the end of these two years, it will be about presenting the prototype, the data from our wetsuit testers, and the lab, and saying, this is totally feasible, let’s do this together.” In the grand scheme of the wetsuit industry, we are a minor player. The next phase would be about building enough momentum in the wetsuit industry to put pressure on the supplier to make that change.”