ECOBOARD Builder Resources

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Looking to get started making ECOBOARDS? Sign up here.


Receiving official endorsement from SIMA (the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association)  in 2013, the ECOBOARD Project uses science-based and transparent criteria to evaluate materials that are made with green chemistry, recycled and/or up-cycled content, or renewable materials. With more than 40 registered ECOBOARD Builders, from the world’s largest surfboard brands to artisanal shapers, it’s easy for any board builder to get started making Level One ECOBOARDS.

For those looking to go above and beyond and drive the progression of more sustainable boards there’s ECOBOARD Gold Level designation. Informed by Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD lifecycle study, the ECOBOARD Gold Level rewards the top sustainable surfboards and surfboard producers – those with the greatest environmental impact reduction. 

How to become an ECOBOARD Builder

level one builderBecoming Approved to build ECOBOARDS takes five simple steps:
  1. To get started building  Level One ECOBOARDS sign up here via our straightforward registration process (making Gold Level ECOBOARDS requires some further commitments – see below). We’ll get in touch once we hear from you to complete your unique listing on our site. The more info you give us – the better your listing.
  2. Make sure the materials you are using are included on our Qualified Materials list. Some examples of ECOBOARD Level One constructions include: 
    • Qualifying resin + any non-qualifying core (such as PU)
    • Qualifying core + any non-qualifying resin
    • Qualifying core + qualifying resin
  3. We send you a sheet of ECOBOARD lams (the first sheet is free) – it’s $US1 per lam for following sheets.
  4. You start applying the lam on any qualifying boards moving forward.
  5. You send us interesting pics and updates so that we can promote your brand online and beyond.

How to build Gold Level ECOBOARDS

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To qualify to make  Gold Level ECOBOARDS, board builders must go through a sustainability audit with Sustainable Surf, commit to reducing waste, improving energy use and addressing exposure to toxic materials, and materials specific to the Gold Level designation. A detailed description can be found here.

We are always on the lookout for new materials to become qualified and included in the ECOBOARD Project. Please contact us if you know of a material that could be on this list. Also, please note that only cores and resin can be qualified. All other board building materials have a minimal effect on the total environmental footprint of a surfboard. See the ECOBOARD Lifecycle Study for more details on rationale behind the material choices.

Why become an ECOBOARD builder ?

With more than 25,000 ECOBOARDs built and sold in 2015 – it’s easy to see that the board riding community is looking for more sustainable craft. With a strong media presence, Sustainable Surf is helping to drive the sustainable board agenda.

People want to know that the boards they are purchasing are made with more sustainable materials, by manufacturers that care about their impact on the environment and the people making those boards.

As the first, independent 3rd party consumer-facing “eco-label” for boards, the ECOBOARD Project label is the one of the best ways for a board builder to communicate their commitment to sustainability to their customers.

More than just a labelling program, all active ECOBOARD builders will be featured in at least two articles/posts by Sustainable Surf each year – we want to tell your story – it’s important that you tell your sustainability story to us.

If you feel that you’re ahead of the game, why not consider being audited to makeGold Level ECOBOARDS?

Ordering lams

To order lams, simply send us an email. Each one of our high-quality lams is hand numbered.

We can also work with builders that prefer to print or engrave their logos – contact us to discuss that process.

Sustainability info for board builders

More than just a label – the ECOBOARD Project generates, collects and shares surfboard sustainability information with the surf community. Check back here for simple tips on how to reduce waste and improve energy use (saving money).

We also encourage all board builders to take a look at the results of the ECOBOARD life cycle study.