The performance of ECOBOARDS has now been proven beyond any doubt. Following Michel Bourez winning at Sunset Beach in 2x overhead surf in late 2014 on a Firewire ECOBOARD, Joanne Defay won at the 2015 Vans US Open on a Channel Islands ECOBOARD. So it’s safe to say that boards built with ECOBOARD Qualified Materials work in all types of waves.
Also, a major milestone occurred at the 2015 Bells Beach contest - Kelly Slater rode a Channel Islands ECOBOARD in competition and won a few heats on it. It’s good to see the champ riding more sustainable equipment. He followed that up with a shock announcement that he was starting a new board company called Slater Design. These boards are to be 100% ECOBOARD certified as they will be made by Firewire Surfboards.
Shapers embrace eco- materials
In May 2015, we worked with surf personality Scott Bass to make the Boardroom Best In Show competition a showcase for some of the best ECOBOARDS on the planet. Based in San Diego, CA, the Boardroom is the largest public exhibition of surfboards, and the Best In Show is a highly coveted prize. This year, the only requirement for entry was that a surfboard met our ECOBOARD Project requirements. This endorsement by the Boardroom shows that ECOBOARDS are breaking out into the mainstream surfboard market.
Waste to Waves started in 2011 collecting styrofoam packaging to be recycled into surfboards with Marko Foam. This continues to operate effectively, with over 10,000 lbs of styrofoam collected in 2015. We have formed a nice partnership with City of Malibu to hold bi-annual foam collections. These month-long events regularly collect a large quantity of waste styrofoam.
Major Events go 'Deep Blue'
In 2015, many of the largest surf contests became Deep Blue Events. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans US Open, and the Volcom Pipe Pro all took major steps forward to become sustainable events.
Each of these events used biodiesel to power the generators, diverted at least 55% of their waste from the landfill, offset the entire carbon footprint, and supported the local community with financial donations to schools and non-profits. These Deep Blue Events are truly world class examples of a sustainable sporting event.
See the full reports for all Deep Blue Events in 2015: