The ECOBOARD Project

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.firewiresurfboards.com
Brand Description Firewire makes a diverse range of boards in EPS/bio-epoxy combinations. With shapes influenced by some of the world’s best, including Slater Designs, Tomo, Pyzel, Rob Machado, Nev, Mannkine and Wingnut, there’s a board for every wave.

“Firewire believes that the combination of EPS/Epoxy and other high tech materials is where the future of surfboard technology lies. Our goal has always been to combine high performance surfing with increased durability resulting in a more sustainable surfboard that increases the fun factor for everyone who rides them. After multiple WSL event wins over the years, and more recently, Kelly’s endorsement of our company by way of his majority stake in Firewire, we believe in our proven track record for innovative designs and technology. The future under your feet.”– Mark Price, CEO

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ECOBOARD Audit Results Firewire’s Thailand manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf. The company has effective processes to ensure Qualified Materials are used in boards using both ECOBOARD Gold Level and Level One labels.

Comprehensive records of the audit results are held by Sustainable Surf.

Audit date 07/21/2016
Brand Sustainability Firewire is approved to build both Level One and Gold Level ECOBOARDS.

The company builds performance surfboards and accessories through innovative design, materials and construction methods. They have a strong emphasis on limiting their impact on the environment and also giving back to the global surf community through the support of various environmental and humanitarian organizations including Surfrider Foundation, Parley, Surfers Against Sewerage, Surfaid and Share the Stoke.

Firewire’s TIMBERTEK models have always used ECOBOARD Project Qualified Materials; combining sustainably grown Paulownia wood deck skins and bio-resin throughout.

In 2014 Firewire converted their entire production to Entropy Super Sap bio-resin, and thereby qualified every Firewire board for the Ecoboard Project.

In addition, the Paulownia wood used in the Timbertek boards is sourced from a certified, sustainable resource, and also includes a 20% recycled content EPS core, and 30% bio content Entropy epoxy resin.

Energy Firewire is focused on energy efficiency. The Thailand site is currently exploring options for renewable energy with a longterm plan to install solar panels.
Waste Waste control measures are in place throughout the factory. Resin is very carefully mixed and monitored. Waste EPS is captured and sent for recycling into a range of products. Firewire is also exploring options to recycle waste EPS into high value building materials.
Packaging Firewire uses BAST recycled content/recyclable packaging for most board ranges. Alternatives are being explored for other packaging used.
Health and safety Worker health and safety (WHS) is at a high standard. The site proactively promotes and enforces WHS. Examples include providing appropriate personal protective equipment, emergency response stations, and mandating helmet use for motorcycle and scooter riders entering the site.

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Contact Name Firewire Surfboards
Contact Phone (760) 893-8702
Contact Email http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/contact/
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Go to your closest surf shop currently stocking Firewire, Slater Designs and Tomo boards.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.cisurfboards.com
Brand Description Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through four decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.

“The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world’s greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion” – Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper

CI is a privately held organization focused on rider-driven product and manufacturing the best possible equipment available. Located in a state-of-the-art facility just blocks from Rincon Del Mar, the CI HQ represents a foundation for developing, testing, and building boards while providing jobs in Santa Barbara for many years to come.

 

 

Sustainability

ECOBOARD Audit Results Channel Islands’ California-based manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf.

The audit identified that Channel Islands Surfboards has appropriate systems in place to ensure that boards ‘carrying the ECOBOARD label meet the ECOBOARD Project requirements. The organization has industry-leading processes and procedures to ensure boards are made to the ECOBOARD specification, appropriate protections are in place for staff regarding occupational health and safety risks, and broader environmental impacts are considered and form an integral part of the brand.

Comprehensive records of the audit results are held by Sustainable Surf.

Audit date 10/25/2016, 04/06/2018
Brand Sustainability Channel Islands is approved to build both Level One and Gold Level ECOBOARDS.

The company builds high-performance surfboards and accessories ridden by some of the world’s best surfers. Many Channel Islands Team Riders are riding ECOBOARDS including: Lakey Peterson, Alex Gray, Connor Coffin and Dane Gudauskas.

Channel Islands is one of the leading suppliers of ECOBOARDS and currently offers a bio-resin and/or foam build option in custom shapes.

The brand’s recently introduced SpineTek range has a strong focus on sustainability and their Mini ECOBOARD is the first Gold Level production board built in the USA.

Channel Islands played a key role in helping to develop Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD Project lifecycle study. Key points of manufacturing data were provided and Channel Island’s staff helped to test the data and the study results.

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Contact Phone 877-787-3124
Contact Email info@cisurfboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Visit a dealer to look for an ECOBOARD in the racks, or make your custom order. Online orders also allow for custom selection of an ECOBOARD construction.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.star-board.com/
Brand Description

Starboard was founded in 1993 by Norwegian windsurfing world champion Svein Rasmussen, and is a top global brand across SUP, windsurf, kiteboard and surfboard design. The brand introduced an innovative molded wood sandwich technology from its early day’s base in New Caledonian, propelling Starboard to become the windsurfing world leader by 2001 and further winning the PWA constructors championships 9 times the last 10 years.

As one of the most respected paddle board manufacturers in the world, Starboard has pioneered groundbreaking designs like the Whopper, Hypernut  and Allstar,  while the  iconic Carbon sandwich technology set the benchmark in great craftsmanship. Starboard is leading the current SUP racers brand ranking with Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde and Matt Nottage, all on production boards. World champions  Sean Pointer , Izzy Gomes  and The  Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer lead a team of more than 300  riders world wide motivating the Thailand based HQ to be on the cutting edge of  development.

Starboard (and all related “Tiki” brands) targets to become Carbon Neutral by the end of 2018 , by implementing a number of eco innovations in its global operations. thus setting a new standard for what can be achieved  in a short time.

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Surfboard Sustainability
Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualifying Resins and blanks.

 

Brand Sustainability  In a pioneering first for a global SUP and windsurf board company, all 2017 Starboard models will be eligible to carry the ECOBOARD Project label, as a result of shifting 100% of their global production to now use approved plant-based, low/zero VOCs, epoxy resin systems. Along with a host of other shifts towards more sustainable materials and processes, Starboard’s actions will result in a smaller carbon footprint across their 2017 board range, and ultimately a healthier ocean for everyone.

Starboard’s commitment to reducing impacts from all major components of their 2017 model boards goes beyond just the boards themselves – as all their composite SUP fins , and all composite paddle blades, will also be infused with an approved bio epoxy resin. Additionally, all their plastic fins will gradually shift during 2017 to 100% bio-based plastics, enabling the use of stronger and more durable materials with a lower carbon footprint. Production on 2017 models started in June, and boards will be shipping in July.

Additionally Starboard will be shifting all packaging to more sustainable materials (including removing the  traditional  dust protector bag ). Starboard will also be shifting away from styrofoam-based protective packaging and instead using reinforced cardboard for added strength and more shock absorption protection than currently sourced packaging materials.

“We are just really getting started on our brand’s sustainability pathway related to all of our products,  say’s Svein Rasmusen, founder and CEO of Starboard. “But we’ve been stoked to work with Sustainable Surf to reduce the carbon footprint of all our composite boards by switching to bio-based epoxy resins, reducing overall paint use / VOCs, and sourcing better packaging materials. We also have lots of other R&D in process for better performing materials related to traction pads, fins, inserts, paddles  that use recycled materials and plant-based plastics. And I can’t wait to see our “Concept Starboard” at our international dealers meeting in San Diego on the 25th of September ( http://www.world-dealer-meeting.com<http://www.world-dealer-meeting.com/>) , which will showcase the use of as many of these new materials and processes as possible.

 

The big idea is to drive ourselves, and the whole industry forward, by creating a realistic model for what could be achievable over the next 3 years to produce a eco-revolution in high performance manufacturing.Reinforcing their commitment to thinking globally but also acting locally, Starboard is partnering with several organizations on their home turf in South East Asia to support sustainability initiatives focused on cleaning up plastic pollution from beaches and waterways (Trash Hero http://trashhero.org/ ),  fighting climate change (Worldview international foundation  http://www.thorheyerdahlclimatepark.org/ ) and recycling styrofoam ( Polyfoam http://www.polyfoam.co.th/home.html )  among others.

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 Social Media  @starboardsup
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Starting in the 2017 model year, 100% of Starboard SUPs and windsurf boards are ECOBOARDS. Buy through a local dealer, which you can find here: http://star-board-sup.com/2016/shop/

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://airush.com/
Brand Description Airush fuses their passion for innovation with the demands of the most discerning riders. The focus on creating the perfect kiteboarding experience through testing and innovative technical design, while always maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship.

“As outdoor athletes we engage deeply with our environment and we understand that it is the duty of all of us to actively seek a way of life that does less harm to the environment and leads to a sustainable lifestyle. At Airush we have increasingly focused on our environmental footprint over the last few years, and this will continue to be at the core of all that we do as a brand.” – Airush

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Surfboard Sustainability
Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualifying Resins.

 

Brand Sustainability  Airush’s first step in terms of environmental responsibility has always been to build only the highest quality products possible, so that they can last for years. This was first evident five years ago when Airush became the first company in the industry to offer a full two year breakage warranty on freeride twintips. And they are now offering the Airush Load Frame, which effectively doubles the performance lifespan of the kite.

Airush has also been working with companies such as Entropy and Sicomin to help to introduce plant-based, reduced carbon footprint resins to mass production processes, and have been sharing as much of their knowledge with the industry as possible.

This philosophy is championed in their Team Series Reefer, which showcases Airush’s desire to connect more strongly with the environment, along with the value of pushing riding boundaries.

With strong ties to sustainability-leader Starboard, Airush is also seeking to reduce carbon footprints, leave a positive impact on communities where they operate and work with the kitesurfing community to share best practice.

ECOBOARD Audit Results Airush’s Thailand-based manufacturing partner was audited by Sustainable Surf.

The audit identified that Airush has comprehensive systems in place to ensure that boards ‘carrying’ the ECOBOARD label meet the ECOBOARD Project requirements. Their partner has sector-leading processes and procedures that ensure boards are made to the ECOBOARD specification, appropriate protections are in place for staff regarding occupational health and safety risks, and broader environmental impacts are considered and managed.

Comprehensive records of the audit results are held by Sustainable Surf.

Audit date 06/28/2016

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 Social Media  @airushkites
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?

NSP

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.nspsurfboards.com
Brand Description Through the forces of Nature, Science and Passion, NSP develops technically advanced surf and SUP boards that deliver durability and performance at fair prices.

“At NSP, we go a step beyond in the design, technology and manufacturing techniques used in all our boards. When you buy an NSP surf or SUP board, you can be sure that only the best research, development, design, manufacturing and customer support goes into everything we do – our goal is to ensure your experience with NSP, both on and off the water, is the best it can possible be.” – NSP

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Surfboard Sustainability
Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualifying Resins.

 

Brand Sustainability  NSP’s aim is to constantly look for new ideas and technologies to reduce their impact on the ocean as they build new surf and SUP boards, and accessories.

NSP has been using coco-mat fibre in their boards for several years, resulting in reduced use of fibreglass and the shift to a readily renewable organic material. In 2017, Sustainable Surf partnered with Harmless Harvest coconut water and identified the opportunity to use coconut husk fibre waste as a fibre-glass replacement.

The Fair-For-Life Certified, responsibly-sourced fibre from Harmless Harvest is now being used in NSP’s Cocomat fibre boards as a result of this new partnership initiated by Sustainable Surf.

NSP uses plant-based epoxy resin from Sicomin and water-based dye pigments, resulting in a low-toxicity, zero-VOC manufacturing process.

NSP is also the first surf and SUP manufacturer to incorporate shape-molded SecureCell EPS foam into their board ranges. This significantly reduces foam waste.

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NSP’s Thailand-based manufacturing partner, COBRA International is audited annually by Sustainable Surf. COBRA also publishes an external Sustainability Report.

The audit identified that NSP has comprehensive systems in place to ensure that boards ‘carrying’ the ECOBOARD label meet the ECOBOARD Project requirements. Their partner has sector-leading processes and procedures that ensure boards are made to the ECOBOARD specification, appropriate protections are in place for staff regarding occupational health and safety risks, and broader environmental impacts are considered and managed.

Comprehensive records of the audit results are held by Sustainable Surf.

Audit date 06/28/2016

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 Social Media www.instagram.com/nspsurfnsup/
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?  See retailers/dealer online.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.pacificislandssurfboards.com
Brand Description Hollow wooden boards made from salvaged wood from the beach, scrap wood from portable mills, dead and down from our forests, and logs salvaged from lakes

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.
  • Total VOCs per board from glue – .30 grams
  • VOCs from the epoxy – 0 (Epoxy is not considered a hazardous waste after curing)
  • Other than the plastic fin boxes and plugs this is about as green as you can get!

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The materials include –  salvaged wood from the beach, scrap wood from portable mills (that would otherwise be burnt), dead and down from our forests, and logs salvaged from lakes.

Hollow wooden surfboards can last a lifetime – something you could hand down to your grandkids! These boards are comparable to cedar strip kayaks and canoes – you can see these boats lasting 80 years plus that are still being used!

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The combination of fibreglass and wood will support 5/8 ” of deflection (bend the board over a half an inch!) and 309 pounds per square inch before failure!

Contact

Contact Name Pacific Island Surfboards
Contact Phone (250)722-3219
Contact Email info@pacificislandssurfboards.com
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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Direct or if you are in the town of Victoria British Columbia –HtO surf shop