ECOBOARDS now perform at the highest level — More sustainable materials are reaching maturity
Any surfboard can be made with more sustainable materials, without impacting performance, price, or durability. Numerous pro surf comps (and 100s of heats) have been won by surfers riding ECOBOARDS, from small wave Huntington Beach to the slabbing barrels of Pipeline and Teahupoo:
- 2016 Billabong Pro at Teahupoo (Kelly Slater)
- 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro (Kelly Slater)
- 2015 Vans US Open (Joanne DeFay)
- 2015 Fiji Pro (Sally Fitzgibbons)
- 2014 Vans Word Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach (Michel Bourez)
For board builders, it’s simple: just sign up and choose a Qualified Material from our listWe’ve done the research to make it easy for surfers and shapers. The use of a qualified blank or resin makes a board eligible to carry the “Verified ECOBOARD” label. This ensures the board has a significantly reduced environmental impact. How do we know – we did the science! Check out the ECOBOARD Lifecycle Study.
Of course for those looking to go above and beyond and use even more sustainable materials – go for our Gold Level label. Sure it’s not quite as ‘simple’, but you’ll receive even greater recognition and the surf community will love you (double shakas all round)!
For surfers, it’s EVEN simpler: just choose a board from an ECOBOARD Builder
From small volume artisan builders to the biggest global surfboard brands, there are many board builders that have committed to making ECOBOARDS. Either look for their boards in your local shop, or make a custom order.
Sustainable Blanks and Resin
The heart of an ECOBOARD is the blank and resin. These materials comprise the majority of the environmental impact of a surfboard. Just choosing one sustainable material will produce a significant benefit to the environment.
The use of one Qualified Material makes a surfboard eligible for Level One ECOBOARD qualification. The top sustainability performers can qualify Gold Level Ecoboard status.
Innovation is just getting started
In the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the innovation in more sustainable materials and construction techniques. We believe that leading-edge manufacturers will soon make ECOBOARDS that have superior performance in every type of wave, for every type of surfer. It won’t be long before we wonder why it took so long to stop using 1950’s petrochemical technology to make the boards we love.
Other surfboard materials
Materials such as fiberglass, stringers, fin and leash plugs all have a minimal contribution to the environmental footprint of a surfboard. There are many sustainable alternatives, and we highly recommend their use, however these are not requirements of the ECOBOARD Project. Natural fiber materials such as flax or hemp, veneers from wood or bamboo, and recycled plastic plugs can all improve durability and sustainability of an ECOBOARD.
ECOBOARD Scenarios for Level One
- Qualified resin + any other blank (either polyurethane or EPS)
- Qualified blank + any other resin
- Qualified blank + qualified resin
- Wooden alternative structure + any other resin
It really is easy for manufacturers to get started using one of the many Qualified Materials. The first step is to join the ECOBOARD Project. We’ll be in touch to help you to finish the sign-up process and start sharing your sustainability story with the surf community.