The ECOBOARD Project

You might have guessed it by now – we’ve partnered with Stab to make this year’s Stab in the Dark an ECOBOARD-focused affair. Watch this space for more as things unfold, but here are a couple of teasers from Stab:

https://stabmag.com/news/now-announcing-your-stab-in-the-dark-surfer/

https://stabmag.com/news/stab-in-the-dark/

We cannot wait to see Mick Fanning surfing and testing the high-performance ECOBOARD sleds later this year!

For now, here’s a little more detail on why the ten board quiver is all blacked out in 2018:

  1. Firstly, no polyurethane.
  2. Secondly, the materials had to meet Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD criteria
  3. And thirdly, the boards needed some sort of tech; whether that be carbon fibre strips, inegra wrapped tails or a funkier core was up to the individual shaper.

The only problem is that these technologies are instantly recognisable. And since many shapers have a patent on their preferred techs, their boards would no longer meet our indistinguishable criteria. We toyed with painting on black ‘stringers’, or covering the boards in a coloured resin, but through correspondence with all our shapers the simplest and most aesthetic solution was a simple coat or two of black paint over the board.

We’re so excited to see brands like NSP – Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards continuously pushing the needle on #sustainable production. We introduced the team at NSP to our friends at Harmless Harvest and love that these two great brands have come together to create transparency in the supply chain and turn a waste product like #coconut husk into a high-performance material.

Check out the full story here.

Starboard – a SUP and windsurf brand with 25 years of innovative board building and design –
reaches Sustainable Surf’s Gold Level status for their Carbon Balsa technology board range.

It’s no small task – requiring multiple audits of source materials, building facilities and processes,
and for a brand as large as Starboard, commitment to helping the environment on a company-
wide level.

Starboard’s Carbon Balsa technology makes them the 1 st SUP Brand to mass-produce a Gold Level
ECOBOARD SUP. Gold Level is awarded for using sustainable materials, sourced from responsible
supply chains, with improved manufacturing processes.  Working closely with Sustainable Surf,
Starboard developed several eco-conscious innovations from scrutinizing the materials used and
how they build their boards.

“One of the most satisfying parts of my work is the challenge to redesign our products to lower
the environmental impact and achieve higher performance. Sustainable Surf is setting the goal
posts for the industry to not only fast track, but to showcase how quickly and easily it can be to
change the way we build better boards for the planet.” Ollie O’Reilly – SUP Product Manager.

“The team at Sustainable Surf continue to be impressed and inspired by Starboard’s holistic
commitment to sustainability and ocean-health. Our mission to protect and preserve ocean
health starts with people and brands making better choices everyday – just like the ECOBOARD
SUPs  produced by Starboard, especially their new range of Gold Level models. We look forward
to seeing the next round of eco-innovations from the team at Starboard.” Brett Giddings –
Sustainable Surf.

Sustainable Surf ocean-health ambassador Ruben Lenten launches first Gold Level kiteboard ECOBOARD in partnership with Lieuwe.

 

 

 

When your career depends on both a healthy ocean and having the highest performing surfboard under  your feet, it’s important that sustainability plays a part in choosing the right boards. And while we could rap about this all day (and night), above and below the water… why not hear it right here, direct from Jordy Smith, Lakey Peterson and the crew at Channel Islands.

We are excited to welcome Airush Kiteboarding as the newest brand to join The ECOBOARD project. This innovative kiteboarding manufacturer focuses on environmental and sustainability projects as one of its key ideologies. This step reflects the growth of the ECOBOARD Project into new markets and to a wider global audience and ocean-minded community.

According to Brand Director Clinton Filen, “We are very excited to be part of the ECOBOARD project, as a key part of our broader initiatives to fundamentally change the way we engage with our environment. Our ultimate goal is be environmentally ‘net positive’ and support as much of our industry and broad community to do the same.”

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“We’re stoked to be working with Airush, our largest Kiteboard partner, and helping them to shift their board range to plant-based epoxy resins,” says Michael Stewart, Co-founder, Sustainable Surf. “Their commitment to sustainability throughout their entire product range, and to measure and offset their carbon emissions, sets a new benchmark in kiteboarding. We look forward to working with the entire kiteboarding community to develop ECOBOARDS and accelerate our ocean-health movement.”

By pioneering the kiteboarding industry and shifting 100% of their global surf and Foil board production to now use ECOBOARD-approved plant-based, low/zero VOC epoxy resin, Airush’s actions will result in a smaller carbon footprint across their board ranges and reduce the overall impact of their products.

This is done in conjunction with a focus on details such as plant-based resin in their Fin systems and removing the traditional plastic components from board packaging such as bubble wrap and outer dust protection bags.

Airush has also taken this path with Kites, where Kitebags in the majority of their new ranges are manufactured from 100% recycled polyester, developed in alignment with Waste 2 Wear along with a unique kite upcycle program in conjunction with Mafia Bags, where old kites can be converted into unique backpacks and travel bags via Sustainable Surf’s Waste to Waves program.

These focuses on product are combined with an unconventional approach to Carbon offsetting by Airush, coined “One Ton for the Planet”. For every board or kite sold, Airush ultimately offsets one ton of carbon through their support of a mangrove replanting program in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park. (Worldview international foundation http://www.thorheyerdahlclimatepark.org/). In Airush’s 2016/17 Carbon Footprint report, the outcome of 4380 trees being planted results in a projected 4380 Tons of Carbon being absorbed, an estimated 10 times above projected emissions for the same period.

As Starboard Group CEO Svein Rasmussen highlights: “These are some of the first steps for us, and we continue to focus on stepping up our environmental and sustainability focus, without sacrificing our commitment to performance.

Some of these changes are not easy; in this case we had to setup our production in a completely different supplier, Cobra International, due to their clear commitment to take the environmental steps forward.

All of this is only possible with the incredible support of our development team and partners such as Sustainable Surf, Cobra International and the Starboard group.”

Do you shred so bad (or good) you bust your stick?
And whether it’s an ECOBOARD or not, don’t just stick in the trash can, because we teamed up with our pals at The Inertia to show ways to keep your old board out of the garbage heap. Whether it’s turned into art like Walter Blair Tom does, or into another surf craft by Enjoy Handplanes – there are plenty of creative ways to put some life back into your busted shred stick.

5 Alternatives to a Trash Can for Your Broken Shred Sled