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

  • ECOBOARD Shaper Series 13: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…

    ECOBOARD Shaper Series 13: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…

    An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away… How a brother duo created a bustling team building boards for a better tomorrow. All out of an apple orchard.   By Kailani Wetherell for Sustainable Surf, 29 May 2024. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away…and with Appletree boards, you’re riding sustainably each…

  • ECOBOARD Shaper Highlight 009:

    ECOBOARD Shaper Highlight 009:

    Ecoboard Shaper Highlight 009: Breaking Barriers, Shaping Waves: An Earth-Conscious Journey with ECObyRy by Kailani Wetherell for Sustainable Surf. 21 March 2024. We had the pleasure of getting to sit down and talk with Ryan Harris of Ryan Harris Shapes, a leading ECOBOARD builder based in the South Bay, Los Angeles. As a pioneer of…

  • Finding a Spot in the Lineup: Empowering Women in the Surf Industry with Kassia Meador of  KASSIA+SURF

    Finding a Spot in the Lineup: Empowering Women in the Surf Industry with Kassia Meador of  KASSIA+SURF

    Finding a Spot in the Lineup: Empowering Women in the Surf Industry with Kassia Meador of  KASSIA+SURF by Kailani Wetherell for Sustainable Surf. 14 March 2024. “Being a woman in the surf world meant at one time being a minority in the lineup and not being thought of when it came to surf goods that…