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Back to the sea

Ella Foote meets Tom Kay, the man behind the world’s first fully recyclable wetsuit
A fully recyclable wetsuit prototype has been created and testing has begun
Photo Credit: Bruno Teves Visuals

“At the beginning it was about making a product that was needed, that should last a long time and made in the right way,” says Finisterre founder Tom Kay. “I wanted to build a brand that had conviction and passion about it.” I am sat with Tom on a picnic bench outside the Finisterre flagship store in St Agnes, Cornwall. What started in a flat above a surf shop has turned into eight stores across the UK as well as office and workshop units in a converted tin mine. The mine, Wheal Kitty, is home to a small community of surf style small businesses, including Surfers Against Sewage. The village feel and relaxed surf vibe of the industry hub is inspired: if I was local I would be asking for a hot desk adjacent to the sewing machine and fabric samples.

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Our Adventure issue brings you a selection of swimming stories from around the globe to inspire your own adventures, big and small. We start with the biggest adventure of them all – a quadruple English Channel crossing. Sarah Thomas talks to us about her return to marathon swimming after cancer and her goal of becoming the first person to complete that 84-mile four-way English Channel swim. Simon Murie recounts his overland journey to Kazakhstan, swimming with his family along the way. Kate Gillwood travels to the Hebrides for a wild swimming trip. And in our Gear section we select the best kit for your own swimming adventure trip. And as always, we bring you swim tips, training advice, destination and event reports, stunning swim photography and the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your swims. Swim wild and free!