Who we are and what we do

Mission: The ECOBOARD Project by Sustainable Surf helps the board-riding community to build, buy, and ride high-performance sustainable boards. Much more than just the ‘ECOBOARD label’ found on boards from the world’s best surf brands, the ECOBOARD Project educates and engages individuals about the environmental impacts of their lifestyle through the lens of their surfboard.

What’s an ECOBOARD?

An ECOBOARD is a high-performance sustainable board. ECOBOARDS have the same technical performance attributes as any modern water-sport board, while having reduced environmental and toxic impacts – through the use of more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

When you see a board displaying the ECOBOARD Level One or Gold Level label we have verified that it has one or more of the following attributes:

  • A measurably reduced carbon footprint
  • Renewable, recycled and/or up-cycled material inputs
  • Uses materials and processes that reduce toxicity during manufacturing
  • Reduces waste during manufacturing

ECOBOARD certification levels

Level One

ECOBOARD Level One makes it easy for any board builder to get started making ECOBOARDS. By using one Qualified Material (core or resin), a board will have a significant reduction in environmental footprint without affecting performance, durability, or quality.

A Qualified Material must meet at least one of the following requirements:

Gold Level

To qualify as a material specific to the Gold Level designation, a material must meet the following requirements:

Featured Blog Posts

  • California Surfboard Shop Shapes Sustainable Boards

    California Surfboard Shop Shapes Sustainable Boards

    California Live’s Ross Thomas visits a sustainable surfboard company that is doing their part to go green while riding waves and protecting the ocean. […]

  • What’s an ECOBOARD? By Stab Mag

    What’s an ECOBOARD? By Stab Mag

    Like straws or single-use plastics, the current materials used in surfboard construction will have to go the way of the dodo. Which is why for Stab’s most recent Stab in the Dark, Mick Fanning rode 11 boards that met Sustainable Surf’s ECOBOARD standards. […]

  • Outside TV: Jordy and Lakey ride ECOBOARDS

    Outside TV: Jordy and Lakey ride ECOBOARDS

    When your career depends on both a healthy ocean and having the highest performing surfboard under  your feet, it’s important that sustainability plays a part in choosing the right boards. And while we could rap about this all day (and night), above and below the water… why not hear it right here, direct from Jordy Smith, Lakey Peterson…