The ECOBOARD Project

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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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Sustainability

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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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 Level One ECOBOARDS
Brand Website http://www.pacificislandssurfboards.com
Brand Description Hollow wooden boards made from salvaged wood from the beach, scrap wood from portable mills, dead and down from our forests, and logs salvaged from lakes

Sustainability

Surfboard Sustainability Level One ECOBOARDS using qualifying resins and blanks.
  • Total VOCs per board from glue – .30 grams
  • VOCs from the epoxy – 0 (Epoxy is not considered a hazardous waste after curing)
  • Other than the plastic fin boxes and plugs this is about as green as you can get!

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The materials include –  salvaged wood from the beach, scrap wood from portable mills (that would otherwise be burnt), dead and down from our forests, and logs salvaged from lakes.

Hollow wooden surfboards can last a lifetime – something you could hand down to your grandkids! These boards are comparable to cedar strip kayaks and canoes – you can see these boats lasting 80 years plus that are still being used!

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The combination of fibreglass and wood will support 5/8 ” of deflection (bend the board over a half an inch!) and 309 pounds per square inch before failure!

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Contact Name Pacific Island Surfboards
Contact Phone (250)722-3219
Contact Email info@pacificislandssurfboards.com
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How Should ECOBOARD Orders Come In? Direct or if you are in the town of Victoria British Columbia –HtO surf shop