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.

Contact

Contact Name
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 make Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.mauricecole.com
Brand Description MC’s PROCESS IS SIMPLE.
DESIGN BY MIND. CUT BY MACHINE. SHAPE BY HAND. FINISH WITH LOVE.

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Surfboard Sustainability
Commitments
Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.

 

Contact

Contact Name Maurice Cole
Contact Phone
Contact Email INFO@MAURICECOLE.COM
 Social Media
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? http://www.mauricecole.com/contact/

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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?

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.notox.fr/
Brand Description    Providing surfers with boards that truly match their values, while making them the most accessible possible, is the aim Notox has been pursuing since 2009. Inventor of eco-built surfboards (based on vacuum bagged flax, cork, recycled polystyrene, bio-epoxy), Notox has kept challenging their processes to produce ever-more responsible and sustainable boards.

In early 2009, they first built a safe, healthy and eco-friendly workshop meeting the highest standards on :
• Air quality
• Noise reduction
• Toxicity
• Security and work comfort
• Sorting of waste

To us, performance is a goal considered equally important as environmental ethics.
• Better vibrations absorption
• Great dynamics
• Lighter weight
• Easier handling

Notox boards produce waste for less than the half their weight, 75% of which is recyclable.

Materials are sourced in France and Portugal, less than 700km away from the Notox factory, resulting in a substantially decrease carbon footprint. These materials come from an organic natural origin or from recycling and provide no toxicity for people and nature.

We seek to leverage costs as much as possible to remain within an affordable scope of price for the majority of surfers, while ensuring the best quality of materials.
And to make our boards even more accessible, we recently developed an entry level board fully covered with raw cork: no more dings, no more wax, fully reparable and definitely stress-free.

 

Sustainability

ECOBOARD Audit Results A LCA audit showed that for building a flax board of 3kg, Notox generates 4kg of waste ( all included: sanding dust, fabrics, EPS, Cork, etc.). Then, 75% of these wastes are sorted and sent to recycling (through a network of partners). That means less than 1kg of wastes is needed for building a flax board.

Notox’s last range of cork boards has even less waste, with only 500g (mainly cork dust impregnated with resin) generated for building a 3.5kg board

For their sustainability efforts, NOTOX was awarded EuroSIMA ECORIDE GOLD in 2012 (https://www.eurosima.com/nos-actions/ecoride/).

Audit date  02/15/2018
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Notox uses recycled EPS foam (either from MARKO ENVIROFOAM or local manufacturer), which is then CNC machined and hand finished.
Depending on the specific board technology, Notox laminates the blanks with raw flax fabrics (neither bleached nor treated) or combined with raw cork (produced from recycled cork waste).
The boards are glassed and assembled using bio-epoxy either from SICOMIN (GP56) or ENTROPY (CLR or SUPER SAP ONE). The boards are vacuum bagged in order to strongly press the fabrics or cork against the core (for better strength and performance).

 

 

Contact

Contact Name Pierre Pomiers
Contact Phone (055) 952-3153
Contact Email pierre.pomiers@notox.fr
Instagram @notoxsurf
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Email direct.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website https://www.surftech.com/
Brand Description Surftech is a global community of surfers, shapers, designers, and craftsmen who are connected through surfing and the pursuit of perfection.

For over 25 years we have been pioneering new technologies and introducing them to surfers around the world. We take immense pride in every board we make, celebrate the millions of waves around the world that have been ridden and look forward to being a part of the lineup for years to come. – Surftech

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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.

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

The audit identified that Surftech 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 07/20/2017

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 Social Media @surftechusa
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?  See retailers/dealer online.

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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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Sustainability

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.

ECOBOARD Audit Results  

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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Qualified to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website  http://www.treehouseshapes.com.au
Brand Description Treehouse was established in 2006 as a brand primarily focussing on building stronger, more sustainable custom surfboards of all shapes and sizes. In 2012 they created the School of Shape so that customers could also have the experience of hand shaping their own surfboard. Now Australia’s premier shaping school, their students also have the option of utilising more sustainable materials in the boards they design and shape.

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.

Locally produced eps cores containing 10% recycled content. All offcuts are recycled.
Entropy plant-based epoxy
Optional timber deck laminate (locally plantation grown hoop-pine)
Optional flax fibre reinforcement layers to replace fibreglass

 

Contact

Contact Name  Dave Porter
Contact Phone  +61 (0)415925739
Contact Email  dave@treehouseshapes.com.au
 Social Media @treehouseshapes
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Email dave@treehouseshapes.com.au or call +61 (0)415925739

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website  http://haydenshapes.com
Brand Description Haydenshapes Surfboards is a modern performance surfboard brand founded in 1997 in Sydney, Australia, by Hayden Cox at the age of 15. Inspired by design, technology, innovation and simple/clean aesthetic, Haydenshapes is sold in over 70 countries worldwide with offices and custom manufacturing operations in USA and Australia.

The Haydenshapes model range is made up of a collection of shapes and designs that feature innovative and functional design attributes for high performance surfing. Hayden’s design philosophy centers on modern construction, using the latest performance enhancing materials as well as his penchant for a unique and sophisticated overall look and aesthetic.

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

 

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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?  All contact details are on our website.