The ECOBOARD Project

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Qualifying boards
Ecoboard  Level One, Ecoboard Gold Level
Brand Website  http://e3surfcraft.com/
Brand Description In their California-based factory E3 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.”

E3 glass boards in Qualified Materials for some of the best shapers, including Lost, Maurice Cole and Roberts. Separate from their OEM glassing service, E3 also feature their craftsmen’s house-brands:

 

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Audit date XX/XX/2016
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E3 Surf Craft 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 Mother-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.
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Ecoboard  Level One and Ecoboard Gold Level
Brand Website http://www.firewiresurfboards.com
Brand Description “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 approved materials are used in boards using both Ecoboard labels.
Audit date 07/21/2016
Surfboard Sustainability Firewire is dedicated to building high performance surfboards and accessories through innovative design, materials and construction methods. They strive to do so with the lowest possible impact on the environment while also giving back to the global surf community through support of various environmental and humanitarian organizations.

Firewire embraced the ECOBOARD program from day one with the introduction of our TIMBERTEK models. The combination of sustainably grown Paulownia wood deck skins and bio-resin throughout, qualified TIMBERTEK for ECOBOARD verification.

In July of 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 has a strong focus on energy efficiency. The Thailand site is currently exploring options for renewable energy.
Waste Waste is minimal for a surfboard manufacturing process. An onsite EPS recycling program is in place.
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 very high standard. The site proactively promotes and enforces WHS – examples 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 Mark.Price@firewiresurfboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Order from a dealer.

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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 taking the lead on 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.
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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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Qualifying boards Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.superbranded.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 Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.

 

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

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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Level One
Brand Website http://www.star-board.com/
Brand Description

Starboard was founded in 1993 by Norwegian windsurfing world champion Svein Rasmussen, and is a top global brand across SUP, windsurf, kiteboard and surfboard design. The brand introduced an innovative molded wood sandwich technology from its early day’s base in New Caledonian, propelling Starboard to become the windsurfing world leader by 2001 and further winning the PWA constructors championships 9 times the last 10 years.

As one of the most respected paddle board manufacturers in the world, Starboard has pioneered groundbreaking designs like the Whopper, Hypernut  and Allstar,  while the  iconic Carbon sandwich technology set the benchmark in great craftsmanship. Starboard is leading the current SUP racers brand ranking with Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Fiona Wylde and Matt Nottage, all on production boards. World champions  Sean Pointer , Izzy Gomes  and The  Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer lead a team of more than 300  riders world wide motivating the Thailand based HQ to be on the cutting edge of  development.

Starboard (and all related “Tiki” brands) targets to become Carbon Neutral by the end of 2018 , by implementing a number of eco innovations in its global operations. thus setting a new standard for what can be achieved  in a short time.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

 

Company Sustainability Efforts  In a pioneering first for a global SUP and windsurf board company, all 2017 Starboard models will be eligible to carry the ECOBOARD Project label, as a result of shifting 100% of their global production to now use approved plant-based, low/zero VOCs, epoxy resin systems. Along with a host of other shifts towards more sustainable materials and processes, Starboard’s actions will result in a smaller carbon footprint across their 2017 board range, and ultimately a healthier ocean for everyone.

Starboard’s commitment to reducing impacts from all major components of their 2017 model boards goes beyond just the boards themselves – as all their composite SUP fins , and all composite paddle blades, will also be infused with an approved bio epoxy resin. Additionally, all their plastic fins will gradually shift during 2017 to 100% bio-based plastics, enabling the use of stronger and more durable materials with a lower carbon footprint. Production on 2017 models started in June, and boards will be shipping in July.

Additionally Starboard will be shifting all packaging to more sustainable materials (including removing the  traditional  dust protector bag ). Starboard will also be shifting away from styrofoam-based protective packaging and instead using reinforced cardboard for added strength and more shock absorption protection than currently sourced packaging materials.

“We are just really getting started on our brand’s sustainability pathway related to all of our products,  say’s Svein Rasmusen, founder and CEO of Starboard. “But we’ve been stoked to work with Sustainable Surf to reduce the carbon footprint of all our composite boards by switching to bio-based epoxy resins, reducing overall paint use / VOCs, and sourcing better packaging materials. We also have lots of other R&D in process for better performing materials related to traction pads, fins, inserts, paddles  that use recycled materials and plant-based plastics. And I can’t wait to see our “Concept Starboard” at our international dealers meeting in San Diego on the 25th of September ( http://www.world-dealer-meeting.com<http://www.world-dealer-meeting.com/>) , which will showcase the use of as many of these new materials and processes as possible. The big idea is to drive ourselves, and the whole industry forward, by creating a realistic model for what could be achievable over the next 3 years to produce a eco-revolution in high performance manufacturing.Reinforcing their commitment to thinking globally but also acting locally, Starboard is partnering with several organizations on their home turf in South East Asia to support sustainability initiatives focused on cleaning up plastic pollution from beaches and waterways (Trash Hero http://trashhero.org/ ),  fighting climate change (Worldview international foundation  http://www.thorheyerdahlclimatepark.org/ ) and recycling styrofoam ( Polyfoam http://www.polyfoam.co.th/home.html )  among others.

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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Level One
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.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

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Contact Phone 877-787-3124
Contact Email info@cisurfboards.com
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Visit a dealer to make your custom order for an ECOBOARD

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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Base Level
Brand Website http://www.sunsetshapers.com/ 
Brand Description

Opened in 2010,  Sunset Shapers is a fully integrated surfboard manufacturing center.  They build boards start to finish with their own in-house design, shaping, art, and glassing facilities.  By providing full service contract glassing they are a resource for hobbyists and local surfboard manufacturers alike.  They also supply blanks, resins, fiberglass, and other materials needed in the building process to local board builders.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Base Level Manufacturer using qualifying resins and blanks

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Contact Name James Mitchell
Contact Phone 415/665-7873
Contact Email james@sunsetshapers.com 
How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Contact directly via website http://www.sunsetshapers.com/contact/

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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Level One
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.

Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

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Contact Name Roberts Surfboards
Contact Phone 805.658.6855
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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Level One
Brand Website http://www.purakai.com/
Brand Description
PuraKai is an eco-friendly clothing and high performance surf craft manufacturer owned and operated by eco-minded surfers. The Ocean is Our Playground so we feel as “makers” it’s our responsibility to protect it.
PuraKai clothing, surfboards and stand up paddle boards are made locally using organic, recycled and bio-based materials. Their goal is to create products in way that balances the need for consumption with the negative effects on the natural world and oceans.

As members of 1% For the Planet they’ve committed to return a minimum of 1% of revenue to support Ocean Conservation.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

Every board is made with an eps foam core containing 25% recycled content and glassed with bio based epoxy resin.

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Qualifying boards Ecoboard Level One
Brand Website  http://pukassurf.com
Brand Description

Pukas Surf is a family driven company based in the Basque Country and has built a reputation for making quality high-performance surfboards and custom bikinis. Mixing a global view and a local knowledge, the group has been able to feed their surf addiction since they first handshaped a surfboard in 1973.

Along the way came the surf shops, the surf contests, the friends and the parties, the surf Factory, the professional Pukas surfers, the good and the bad, the surf schools and the stokedness; Surfing at its finest. Pukas is surf and always will be.

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Surfboard Sustainability Ecoboard Level One boards using qualifying resins and blanks

 

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