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
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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Sustainability

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
Website http://www.appletresurfboards.com
Brand Description Due to surf the small surf on offer in the Netherlands, Appletree design boards that surf well in small conditions. Other brands might say they design a board for “summer” or “gutless” surf, but a gutless day in California or Australia is still considered a good day in the North Sea. So these boards often still don’t work. Appletree specialise in making surfboards for their own, much loved North Sea. But they work equally well in bigger, more powerful surf.

With the kiteboards it’s a little different. When the wind is up, the waves can reach respectable heights. The North Sea is famous and respected for heavy storm conditions. For centuries the best sailors in the world came from the Netherlands and still do. Likewise, some of the best Kitesurfers in the world have their roots firmly in Dutch ground. Appletree’s range of wave kiteboards work in all conditions, from small waves and flat water, to big stormy conditions where control and trust in your equipment is vital.

“As a two brother team, we started producing our first surfboards around 2005 and our first wave kiteboards a few years later. During the first ten years we refined shapes and came up with our own production method that is unique in the world. In 2016 we moved to a bigger production facility and launched our best performing boards to date in Hex Fusioncore and Fusion core. Meanwhile we keep surfing, kitesurfing and working on new shapes for your next board.” -Wieger and Jorrit Buurma

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Appletree Surfboards use Sicomin Epoxy Systems plant-based resin.

The company use XPS foam that is locally produced. Offcuts from the machine-shaping are collected and recycled, with larger offcuts used for packaging of the boards.

Appletree’s aim is to make kiteboards that last longer than any other boards on the market.

Contact

Contact Name Wieger Buurma
Contact Phone (062) 845-2416
Contact Email wieger@appletreesurfboards.com
Instagram @appletreesurfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Online or through European dealer network.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.dsdintel.com
Brand Description Intelligent Board & Kite Designs. Innovative Products Guiding you into the future….

Dano See has been a big part of the Aussie (and international) kiting scene since day one. Some newer to the sport may not realize the hand he played in bringing the bridled kites you’re using to the market or several innovations on bars and throughout the products we use that have been integrated to the leading brands’ products including Slingshot, Cabrinha and BWS (who Dano has worked with throughout the years). Failing that you may have been to the Mambo and come across some of Dano’s antics around Merimbula.

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

DI uses Sicomin Epoxy Systems plant-based resin.

Contact

Contact Name Karl Vannerem
Contact Phone (047) 362-1254
Contact Email karl@fb2.be
Instagram @dsdintel
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Online or through dealer network.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.boardlab.de
Brand Description BoardLab offers workshops to build your own kiteboards and other surfboards. They also offer custom built kiteboards.

Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

BoardLab uses Paulownia wood cores and Entropy resin on specific boards.
They aim to minimize carbon fibre and glass fibre, while optimizing their processes to reduce waste and energy consumption.

Contact

Contact Name Gerrit Hendricks
Contact Phone 49 151 6143 0486
Contact Email  gerrit@boardlab.de
Instagram boardlab.de
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Email Gerrit!!!

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.11380.es
Brand Description Started in 1996, Flycat started out making windsurf boards and were the first Spanish board builder to produce kitesurf boards. Offering kitesurf boards for all conditions, the company uses a range of materials combined with Sicomin plant-based resins.

Flycat also offer a range of surfboards and SUPs.

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Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

 

Flycat uses Sicomin Epoxy Systems plant-based resin and replaces PVC and cloth with wood in some board models.

Contact

Contact Name Dany Vallejo
Contact Phone (303) 464-0268
Contact Email 11380@11380.es
Instagram @11380tarifa
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Directly – phone or in person.