The ECOBOARD Project

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.dmshapes.com
Brand Description
 Dan MacDonald has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile shapers. Dan has traveled the globe extensively, learning from some of the worlds most respected shapers and craftsman. Using this knowledge and experience, Dan has forged his own path with a focus on performance.

Creator of the patented CARBON WRAP® technology combining the benefits of an EPS core, stategically configured Uni – directional carbon fibre and EPOXY resin. Dan maintains a keen eye for function with a passion for classic methodology, premium quality and a post modern fusion of design and materials to create unique craft. DMS surfboards are manufactured on the Gold coast of Australia while inspiring the future of performance driven design globally.

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Surfboard Sustainability DMShapes is approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

In addition working with ATL Composites on the Gold Coast to develop a certified bio-epoxy resin. Along with this DMS is working on changing materials used in production to more environmentally sound options. In their Patented Carbon Wrap Technology they are replacing the Carbon with Basalt and looking into plant based cloth for lamination.

DMS is eliminating harmful chemicals such as acetone for cleaning applications and replacing with alcohol based cleaners and using water based paints as opposed to thinner based acrylic. Carbon filters are also used in lamination rooms to prevent contaminated air exiting the factory.

DMShapes is also using recycled paper packaging.

Contact

Contact Name Daniel MacDonald
Contact Phone (075) 559-5949
Contact Email dan@dmshapes.com
Instagram @dmshapes
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Online via our website: http://www.dmshapes.com/surfboards/

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website https://www.woodsurfco.com/
Brand Description  Wood Surf Co. are taking sustainable surfboard production into their own hands.
This Byron Bay closed loop seed-to-surfboard operation are pushing towards an ethically responsible approach to surfboard building, hand in hand with some of Australia’s best shapers and environmentally progressive individuals.The company makes traditional & performance surfboards, Alaias, Paipos, DIY board building kits, and surf accessories.

 

 

 

Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified resins

With respect to our environment the company emphasis use of sustainably grown local plantation timbers, natural fiber board strengthening weaves, low VOC bio-resins, natural finishing waxes/oils and are working to promote native rainforest regrowth and biodiversity.

Contact

Contact Name Dana Watson
Contact Phone (045) 126-4051
Contact Email info@woodsurfco.com
 Instagram @woodsurfco
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Retail/Wholesale enquiries through our email or on the phone

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.wawhandplanes.com.au
Brand Description WAW make timber handplanes from sustainable plantation Paulownia and reclaimed construction timbers. Their handplanes are designed to be used from beginners through to experts and everyone in-between. With adjustable straps and a hydrodynamic design they fit anyone and work anywhere.

 

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS from ECOBOARD Qualified Materials.

“We use sustainable plantation Paulownia sourced from Coffs harbour NSW, as well reclaimed construction timber. For our velcro straps, we use custom plugs set with entropy resin and a recycled neoprene tube. Our finish is a low VOC water base varnish.

We also plant one native tree here in Australia for every handplane sold, through the CCNF.

Our workshop is built using recycled and discarded materials and our process’ use recycled or recyclable materials wherever possible.”

Contact

Contact Name Rikki Gilbey
Contact Phone (041) 599-3561
Contact Email Rikki@wawhandplanes.com.au
 Instagram @Wawhandplanes
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Website!

ETC

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website https://www.etcsurfboards.com.au/
Brand Description
ETC stands for Epoxy Timber Constructions. The boards have a layer of paulownia sandwiched between layers of fiberglass on the deck. This makes the board incredibly strong and resistant to pressure dings. The process of building these boards involves vacuum bagging which infuses resin deep into the eps core, which also increases strength. The resultant board is lighter yet much stronger than a traditional PU surfboard. “I only build shortboards (up to 7ft) and mainly create designs that suit the predominate surf conditions we get here on the east coast of Australia.” Custom orders are also available.

“I started building this style of board in a bid to get away from the toxic petro-chemicals predominantly being used in the surf industry. Hollow timber boards are great, however I feel they don’t allow the level of performance required for a shortboard. Using composite methods and combining recyclable eps foam, natural paulownia wood and bio-epoxy resins, high performance is still maintained whilst obtaining massive improvements in strength and board longevity.”

“I also build an eco-board that is not in-cased in a layer of fiberglass. Instead, the eps core has a skin of paulownia vacuum bagged to it and is finished in lanolin oil. When the lanolin gets wet it becomes “sticky” so no wax is required. It is about as green as you can get when it comes to eco surfboards”.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Use of sustainably harvested paulownia wood in boards
Use of entropy super-sap epoxy resin.

Off-cuts of paulownia are re-used in decks on new boards. Any other unusable wood is taken on camping trips and used as firewood for cooking.

Use of eps foam: “although its not the best eco material at least it is recyclable – when better materials become available and are financially viable I will endeavor to use them.”

A 6kw solar system helps run the tool. “I only use power tools during the day when my electricity is free (with the exception of vacuum bagging as I only glass at night in falling temperatures).”

Contact

Contact Name Stephen Hann
Contact Phone (043) 220-2400
Contact Email etcboards@gmail.com
Instagram green_stix
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Direct contact either through Instagram or email

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Instagram  @ROCKETACE_SURFBOARDS
Brand Description Rocket Ace boards are 100% hand crafted using environmentally conscious materials such as Sicomin Surf ClearEvo Bio-Epoxy resin and recyclable EPS blanks.

Art is hand painted acrylic paint on foam and resin art/tints. Hand made glass on and fin system compatable fins also available in reclaimed ply timber and other natural materials and bio-epoxy resin. Unique and futuristic surfboard designs and modern twists on retro styles, with customers ranging in age from 10-65yrs of age and from beginners to pros.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified resins.

Using plant-based epoxy resin from Sicomin and  recyclable EPS blanks. Foam off-cuts are recycled locally into waffle feet for concreting. Plans to begin using natural cloths such as flax, and vacuum bagging for strength and saving on resin waste.

Contact

Contact Name Shane Luke
Contact Phone  0415 727 670
Contact Email rocketacesurfboards@gmail.com
 Social Media https://www.facebook.com/RocketAce-Eco-surfboards-332668960125280/
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Contact via FB page, email or call on 0415727670

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website https://treetosurf.com/
Brand Description Tree to Surf is an NZ-based handplane brand – making hand sleds from sustainably sourced and upcycled materials.

Proudly Stocked by Real Surf in Lyall Bay and The Raglan Surf Emporium.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Tree to Surf uses Paulownia offcuts from surfboard builder, Orgainc Dynamic, to make handplanes. Combined with a cedar stringer, the Paulownia is grown in Waikato NZ by Graham Smith from Paulownia NZ. They use recycled wetsuits to make hand straps and bags which are sewn up by local sail maker Linton Sails.

After Tree to Surf shapes the Paulownia into handpplanes, they apply two coats of Entropy Bio resin to make them strong and water tight.

Contact

Contact Name Chris Mark
Contact Phone (027) 444-2624
Contact Email  chris.julie.mm@gmail.com
Instagram treetosurf
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Selected stores and direct from Chris.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website https://www.surfinggreen.com.au/
Brand Description Surfing Green hand-shape timber Alaias, Paipos and handplanes. All boards are made from Australian grown Paulownia timber which is a fast growing, lightweight hardwood. Customers can choose for the boards to be finished in a laminating coat of Entropy bio resin or oiled with 100% natural lanolin oil. Typical customers are wide ranging and include surfers who want to add an extra challenge to their quiver, individuals who like the option of riding both prone and stand up, and board riders who like to have the option of an Alaia or handplane for those small days so they can still get out in the water.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

All materials used for Surfing Green’s timber boards are sustainably sourced as well as the resin or lanolin oil used to finish the boards once shaped. Hand shaped as much as possible to reduce the amount of electricity being used, our Surfing Green boards are as natural as a surfboard can be.

Surfing Green package their boards with as little plastic as possible – degradeable bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, recycled packaging and wood shavings.

Contact

Contact Name Nicola O’Reilly
Contact Phone (075) 446-5094
Contact Email nicola@surfinggreen.com.au
Instagram surfing_green
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Website: www.surfinggreen.com.au, Email: info@surfinggreen.com.au, Phone +61 7 5446 5094

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website https://www.facebook.com/mananasurf/
Brand Description A local shaper in Christchurch, New Zealand – making boards for the average surfer, often with local conditions in mind.

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Manana uses Entropy plant-based resin and Marko recycled EPS foam blanks.

Offcuts are used for craft projects, and stringer shavings are used for compost. Manana has installed solar panels to run the shaping bay.

Contact

Contact Name Sam Manners
Contact Phone (021) 315-2320
Contact Email antipodeansam@hotmail.co.uk
Instagram mananasurfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Direct to the public.