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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 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://www.brinksurf.com
Brand Description Unique handmade surfboards that are essentially simple in design, yet obscure in their appearance. Every shape is laden with attention to detail in the functional elements of these creative boards Donald shapes. The boards are an extension of ones feet and built according the surfers stance.

Designed to surf both left and right, applying changes necessary for the way one stands. His asymmetric concepts promote a more free and forgiving flavor according to the limitations of the foot, ankles pivot and weight distributions in a surfers ride.

His fascination for surfboards and passion for design is contagious, creating a welcome invitation toward the innovative craft he builds. It’s an entire hands on process that is simple and real, which keeps the beauty of design and craftsmanship his way of life.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks

 

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Contact Name  Donald Brink
Contact Phone
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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In?  Contact us directly to order your board.

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Website  http://www.jabalisurfboards.com/
Brand Description Jabali Surfboards is a Belgium-based shaper that designs, crafts, and rides handmade wooden wave- and kitesurfboards. Through their personalized design and build approach, they create unique artisan boards that meet the rider’s demands.


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ECOBOARD Audit Results Jabali’s manufacturing site was remotely 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.

 

Audit date 04/25/2018
Brand Sustainability Jabali is approved to build both Level One and Gold Level ECOBOARDS.

Sustainably grown balsa wood is used as base material to build both hollow and wood-shell-foam-core surfboards. The core of the latter consists of ecofriendly or recycled foam. Boards are glassed using epoxy with 35% bio-carbon content in fully cured resin.

 

Boards are glassed using epoxy with 35% bio-carbon content in fully cured resin.
Jabali Surfboards continuously works on reducing environmental impact by making boards more durable, reducing waste and using more sustainable materials.
Usable wood and glass offcuts are used in future board builds for extra reinforcements, leash loops, (glassed on) fins and repairs. Any other wood is used to light the stove and heat the house.

Jabali also visits surf-schools, clubs and festivals to promote more sustainable surfboards, share experiences and educate people.

Contact

Contact Name Job Verpoorte
Contact Phone +32470193712
Contact Email info@jabalisurfboards
Social Media https://www.facebook.com/JabaliBoards/        @jabalisurfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Webshop and direct sale. Ring, drop a message via website, social media or email.

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Approved to make Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website  http://www.wawawave.com
Brand Description Inspired by the intuited hydrodynamic genius of the ancient Hawaiian board builders,  Wawa Surfboards craft eco-friendly boards using hands, heads and hearts.

“Quality, respect for our roots and a belief in the sanctity of nature are cornerstones in all we design, build and ride.” – Wawa Wooden Surfboards

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Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.

STRINGERS: Locally harvested Karoo Agave or Sisal, as well as locally grown

BLANKS: Erythrina or CoralCORE: Recycled EPS & PU blanks + Recyclable EPS (Produced locally)

RESIN: Entropy Bio Epoxy Resin

CLOTH: Juta or Hessian + Hempcloth + Cork + Ply

Eco+ with each one of Wawa’s boards:
– Wooden leash plugs (locally harvested wood)
– Stringers in each blank is made by us, using locally harvested Karoo Agave or Sisal
– Wawa natural surf wax

Wawa’s latest range of surfboards are made out of EPS with only wood (ply and cork) that are sealed in several layers of oil. No resin and no fiberglass!

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Contact Name Cobus Joubert
Contact Phone  (027) 823-7231
Contact Email Surfboards@wawawave.com
 Social Media  Wawa_Wooden_Surfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Email, website and in person!

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website www.arbosurfboards.blogspot.co.uk
Brand Description ARBO makes bespoke hollow wooden surfboards and run build-your-own courses in Europe and the UK.
Although they sometimes do other interesting projects like recycled cork boards, no glass-all wood, cork-wood sandwich paipos, handplanes, skateboards, about 80% of the boards they build are paulownia skins over a poplar plywood skeleton, sealed and reinforced with a layer of 4oz. fibreglass and entropy epoxy resin.Shapes are postmodern and always tailored to their customers – a group who mainly participate in surfing as a holiday or weekend activity. Designs reflect that and most of the time ARBO’s boards have a little bit of extra volume, but always according to the surfers ability, weight, surf area and surfing style.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Sustainability is embedded with ARBO’s brand and identity. Boards are made using a range of more sustainable materials including:

  • Sustainably sourced, plantation grown paulownia for skins and rails – with offcuts reused for skateboards, handplanes and paipos.
  • A sustainably sourced european poplar skeletons.
  • Entropy resin with a laminating technique that has near zero wastage.
  • Recycled XPS insulation foam as finbox reinforcements.
  • Green energy sourced from ecotricity.
  • Recycled cardboard packaging from local surfshops.

“The key to a sustainable surfboard is to make it last. Our hope is that a customer will look after a personalised, bespoke board differently than a generic off-the-shelf product and value it higher.
A big part of our philosophy is keeping things small… e.g. we have the smallest possible workshop to reduce heating. our company car runs on lpg, is euro5 emissions certified and is as small as possible. Instead of inviting lots of people to our place in cornwall to build their boards, we come to their place and set up temporary workshops at co-working projects. Better having one person travelling to meet the people where they live than 5 people travelling to meet us down here in cornwall…

We do not advertise our boards as ‘ecoboards’, ‘sustainable’, ‘green’, etc. but encourage our customers instead or additionally to put their focus on changes in lifestyle choices and habits.
Advertising is kept to a minimum and without not-product related ‘brand-image’ lifestyle marketing.
We believe in making more eco-friendly surfboards but think that other things in a surfers life will have a much bigger impact – just like Sustainable Surf” – Paul Reisberg, ARBO

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Contact Name Paul Reisberg
Contact Phone (077) 907-9511
Contact Email paulitspaul@gmx.net
Social Media https://www.facebook.com/arbosurf/@arbosurfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Surfboards are sold directly. enquiries about build-your-own workshops via email to paulitspaul@gmx.net

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.BlueFinRaceBoards.com
Brand Description BlueFin Stand Up Paddleboards are hand-crafted, high performance SUP race boards with the look and style of classic balsa big wave surfboards

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

BlueFin’s boards have a light EPS core with a composite sandwich skin of Entropy Super Sap resin, carbon fiber, ⅛” balsa, and fiberglass.

Wastes and offcuts are reused and recycled wherever possible, and shop lighting is 90% LED.

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Contact Name John Geier
Contact Phone (303) 464-0268
Contact Email John.Geier@icloud.com
Instagram BlueFin_SUP
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Contact us directly, by phone, website, Facebook, or instagram

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS and Gold Level ECOBOARDS
Website https://www.sliverecosurfboards.com
Brand Description Combining their passion for surfing and woodwork, Canary Islands-based, Sliver Eco Surfboards is dedicated to building high-performance surfboards and accessories, using recycled and ecological materials.

“Between volcanoes, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, we are constantly researching and developing new ways and technics to build ecological surfboards and accessories. Based in the island of Lanzarote we found the inspiration to create products, mainly made by wood, in balance with the environment in a place where, we believe, the world began.”

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ECOBOARD Audit Results Sliver has been 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 Level One and Gold Level ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Sliver uses Entropy Super Sap plant-based resin and Paulownia wood from sustainably managed plantations located in East Asia. The use of this sturdy wood, reduced quantities of fiberglass and the use of bio-epoxy resins, results in an environmentally preferable, sturdy, lightweight surfboard with an innovative design and performance.

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Contact Name Sergio Costa
Contact Phone (446) 294-1602
Contact Email sergio.guest@gmail.com
Social Media https://www.facebook.com/Sliverhandcrafted/  @sliverecosurfboards
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Via Sliver’s website: https://www.sliverecosurfboards.com

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Approved to build Level One ECOBOARDS
Website http://www.woodoo.si
Brand Description Woodoo is a wakeboard and wakeskate company from Slovenia that make more sustainable boards. The company uses local paulownia wood, Entropy Resins plant-based epoxy, basalt and hemp fibres. They use their own bio-technology for rails called CeluRails.

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Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using Qualified Materials.

Woodoo uses Entropy plant-based resing and ocally grown paulownia from SiCore. The compnay ralso uses basalt fibres to replace fibreglass, and hemp fibres for additional strength. Standard rails on wakeboards are made from ABS; Woodoo uses CeluRails – made from waste paper.

All waste is recycled and waste wood is used for additional heating. 75% of electricity used by Woodoo is from renewable sources.

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Contact Name Urban Zajdela
Contact Phone (386) 404-3271
Contact Email urban.zajdela@gmail.com
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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? From the Woodoo website