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, Rob Machado, 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

Sustainability

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 dates 11/22/2018, 07/20/2017, 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 significant energy efficiency projects. 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 recycling waste EPS into high value building materials.
Packaging Firewire uses BAST recycled content/recyclable packaging for Timbertek models. Alternatives are actively 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 build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Brand Website  http://e3surfcraft.com/
Brand Description In their California-based factory Earth Technologies custom build hand-crafted and artistic surfcraft that creates stoke in and out of the water.
 “Simply put, we make the raddest shortboards, mid-lengths, longboards, and SUPs, that also keep our Mother Earth stoked by using only the most eco-friendly and sustainable materials and processes.”

Earth Technologies glass boards in Qualified Materials for some of the best shapers, including Lost, Maurice Cole and Roberts.

Earth Technologies also feature their craftsmen’s house-brands:

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Ecoboard Audit Results Earth Technologies manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf. The company has effective processes to ensure approved materials are used in boards using both ECOBOARD labels.
Audit date 9/1/2016
Surfboard Sustainability
Efforts
Earth Technologies operates under 3 Core “E” Principles.
1. Excellency in Craftsmanship. We take great pride in our American Hand-Crafted, California made boards. Our boards are the anti-thesis to disposable Asian “pop-outs” as they are made by the highest skilled craftsmen in the business and made with the best performing materials resulting in “Rad Boards, Made Right..”
 
2. Eco-Sustainability.  We are all Ocean-Lovers. As such, over the years we’ve painstakingly tried and perfected performance board building utilizing only the most eco-friendly materials (EPS recycled blanks, bio epoxy resin, wood veneers) and processes (recycling foam blank cut offs, bio epoxy resins, etc.) featuring our renown Earth Technologies board construction.
 
3. Education. In addition to being surfers, we are also story-tellers. We have made a deliberate attempt through our many communication channels (social media, website, printed board catalogs, etc.) to share with others our unique eco board construction and demonstrate why there need not be a tradeoff between performance and eco-sustainability.
Energy Has measured their energy consumption for the past year. Currently looking for ways to reduce energy consumption.
Waste When using Super Sap resin, waste resin is frequently applied to hand-planes. When using Re-Rez, waste resin is saved and will be returned to Re-Rez.  Clean fiberglass off-cuts are saved and sent to Push Fins. EPS scraps are saved and recycled with Marko Foam.
Packaging  N/A – Boards are generally hand-delivered.
Health and safety Polyester resin is not used by the factory. All employees are strongly encouraged to wear protective clothing to keep epoxy away from skin.

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Contact Name  Ryan Harris
Contact Phone
Contact Email  ryan.etechboards@gmail.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Email Ryan to order a board from one of the house brands, or to arrange a glassing order.

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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.

 

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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://www.stretchboards.com
Brand Description Since 1979 William “Stretch” Riedel has been creating distinctive and innovative custom hand built boards for surfing, sailing, kiting, and tow surfing. Born in Malibu, CA, he was taught to build boards by his father Mike Riedel, a shaper for Velzy Jacobs Surfboards in the 1960’s. His multitude of craftsmanship and wave riding skills eventually landed him in Santa Cruz where a life changing windsurfing accident in 1988 left him with partial paralysis. His enthusiasm for progressive wave riding continues daily with technological advancement, team feedback and a passion for building the best board possible.

Santa Cruz, California
Located blocks from the beach in mid-town Santa Cruz, the factory is prime location for scheming-up unique and alternative construction techniques. Stretch builds each individual board under the same roof in the largest dedicated EPS/EPOXY surfboard factory in Northern California. Combine that with a team of unbelievably talented riders, progressive designs and premium California coastline and you get some of the best wave riding imaginable.

Getting Results
“I begin shaping everyday before sunrise. With headphones on and tool in hand, there’s only one way I get the job done. I personally tend to every board so that my customers receive the same quality and scrutiny as any of my team riders. I never cut corners. All my boards receive 100% attention. That’s how we get results.”

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Surfboard Sustainability Commitments Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks

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Contact Name Stretch Surfboards
Contact Phone (831)479-7309
Contact Email admin@stretchboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Call, email, or visit a dealer.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.ashleylloydsurfboards.com
Instagram @ashleylloydsurfboards
Brand Description Custom surfboards made and designed by Ashley Lloyd Thompson, and glassed in house by husband, Alex Thompson.

Ashley Lloyd Thompson is one of the few women in the world who shapes surfboards.

 In 2002, while balancing the study of music at Santa Barbara City College, running her own surf instruction business, and pursuing professional surfing, Ashley also began the craft of making surfboards. Lloyd Thompson is ever grateful for Danny Tarampi, of the Malibu area, and the Boys from the Wilderness, in Santa Barbara, who guided her through her first steps in foam, fiberglass and resin. In her beginning, Ashley shaped and glassed all of the boards she made, start to finish. In 2005, Lloyd was recognized by brilliant Bing head shaper, Matt Calvani, and signed on as a Bing team rider as well as Bing shaper with her own signature model. Shortly after her move to Santa Cruz, Ashley designed another Bing model, Dear & Yonder, named after the film in which it was featured.

TODAY, with the desire to make surfboards with less of an environmental footprint as well as less toxicity to the makers, Ashley and husband/music partner, Alex Thompson decided to switch over from using conventional polyester resin.  Alex is now glassing their boards in-house, naming the glassing side of their factory “Greennest Glassing“, glassing boards with a plant-based epoxy resin made by Entropy Resins.

PU foam is used, as well as the option of post-consumer EPS.  With great appreciation for traditional longboard surfing, it has been paramount for the Thompsons to achieve a classic feel and glide while treading lighter on the environment. 

 Ashley strives to create joy, balancing her life’s work with shaping, surf instruction, and playing music with Alex in their band, The Shapes. Signing boards, “made with love”, Ashley Lloyd Thompson puts heart into all that she creates.

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Surfboard Sustainability  With the desire to make surfboards with less of an environmental footprint as well as less toxicity to the makers, Ashley and husband/music partnerAlex Thompson decided to switch over from using conventional polyester resin.  Alex is now glassing their boards in-house, naming the glassing side of their factory “Greennest Glassing“, glassing boards with a plant-based ECOBOARD Qualified epoxy resin made by Entropy Resins.

PU foam is used, as well as the option of post-consumer EPS.  With great appreciation for traditional longboard surfing, it has been paramount for the Thompsons to achieve a classic feel and glide while treading lighter on the environment. 

Energy In addition to installing LED lighting and being committed to using a little energy as possible, Ashley Lloyd Surfboards is exploring several energy saving and green energy options with other companies within the complex where they operate.
Waste By having recycled EPS blanks shaped at Marko Foam, shaping waste is able to be recycled – minimizing the amount of waste produced on site. Waste resin is used to make customized signage for each customer. Recycled building materials have been used to fit-out the factory and Ashley Lloyd’s display at the Santa Cruz Boardroom Show.
Packaging Surfboards are packed in reused cartons.
Health and safety Ashley and Alex are both aware of aware of the health and safety considerations relevant to the products they use. By using only epoxy resin on site they have effectively mitigated any VOCs.

Ashley shapes is a full Tyvek suit and respirator.Alex glasses boards wearing a respirator and gloves in a ducted room. As a wife and husband team, both Ashley and Alex actively monitor each other’s use of PPE – ‘Made with Love’.

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Contact Name  Ashely Lloyd
Contact Phone  (831) 566-8759
Contact Email  ashley@ashleylloydsurfboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Via website, email at ashley@ashleylloydsurfboards.com or phone (831) 566-8759

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.lostsurfboards.net
Brand Description …Lost Surfboards by Matt Biolos.

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Surfboard Sustainability Commitments

 

Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks

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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?  Visit your local …Lost dealer, or buy online.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.robertssurf.com/
Brand Description

Roberts Surfboards is a high performance board building company that is helping to define the future of modern surfing. Robert Weiner of Roberts Surfboard’s was awarded Shaper of the Year for 2011 by Surfing Magazine

Founded by Robert Weiner in 1994 with his main goal being to create high caliber, high quality surfboards that will push the envelope of our sport.

Since that time, not only has the sport progressed at a rate no one would have expected, but the company has grown from its roots in Ventura to become one of the most popular labels in California, East Coast USA, Japan and growing around the World.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

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Contact Name Roberts Surfboards
Contact Phone 805.658.6855
Contact Email Send a message HERE
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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Send a message HERE

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Approved to make
ECOBOARD Gold Level
Brand Website http://www.ventanasupplies.com/
Brand Description Ventana Surfboards & Supplies sells hollow reclaimed wooden surfboards,  bodysurfing handplanes, eco apparel and sustainable surf supplies that are loved by adventurers everywhere.

The Ventana team lives and works in Santa Cruz, California where they test their products on some of the most challenging waves on the planet.

Ventana donates at least 5% of profits to ocean conservation. They are an online store and wholesaler with occasional pop-up shops in California.

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Ecoboard Audit Results Ventana’s Santa Cruz-based manufacturing site was audited by Sustainable Surf. The company has effective processes to ensure approved materials are used in Gold Level qualifying boards.
Audit date 08/25/2016
Surfboard Sustainability Ventana’s surfboards are produced from reclaimed, recycled and repurposed materials and finished with Entropy ONE bio-based resin.

Wood is generally locally sourced, up-cycled from waste produced by local organizations – giving each board a unique sustainability story. For example, boards may contain Santa Cruz Guitar Company Indian rosewood, redwood floorboards from a Santa Cruz mansion, Alaskan yellow cedar from Monterey Bay Aquarium benches and walnut offcuts from a cabinet shop in Santa Cruz.

The rails on Ventana’s boards are made of sustainably-sourced oak cork. This not only provides a beautiful aesthetic to each board, it also results in a more robust, impact-resistant structure.

Fins are also handcrafted from reclaimed wood and glassed in Entropy bio-resin.

 

Energy Ventana applies the same ‘no-waste’ principles that are part of their board manufacturing process to energy management on site.

All machinery and lighting is turned off when not in use, and the layout of the production space takes advantage of natural light.

Being a leased property, Ventana has committed to discussing options for green energy purchasing with the current landlords. With two other Ecoboard builders within the complex – this is a great approach.

Waste Waste is almost completely designed out of the Ventana board building process:
  • Offcuts from the surfboards and handplanes, broken saw blades, old drill bits, used resin brushes and the like are saved for use by a featured, local artist, Chris Allen: http://ventana.surf/artist
  • Ventana share offcuts and other reclaimed materials for use in the collab boards built with Locus Surfboards:http://ventana.surf/locus
  • They have used sawdust to make soy wax fire starters and have added it to beach trash bottle candles:http://ventana.surf/candles.
  • They use offcuts from the surfboards in handplanes: http://ventana.surf/handplanes
  • Some reclaimed wood that isn’t used in their surfboards and handplanes is used for apparel hangtags (leash cord key chains) coupled with leftovers from the production of Khordz Mugs made by a partner company: http://ventana.surf/khordz.
  • Offcuts are also used to create other things, like the 2016 Save The Waves awards this year.
Packaging N/A – Boards are generally hand delivered.
Health and safety In addition to eliminating foam, the exclusive use of bio-epoxy results in a low-VOC process. Appropriate personal protective equipment is used on site.

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Contact Name David Dennis
Contact Phone (831)915-4326
Contact Email craftspeople@ventanasurfboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Call, email, or purchase on their website

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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
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