The performance of ECOBOARDS has been validated, with pros like Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez, Lakey Peterson and Johanne Defay riding ECOBOARDS on the World Tour and winning heats and events. While free-surfers like Rob Machado, Dane Gudauskas and Alex Gray, have taken their ECOBOARDS to waves most of us can only dream of.
The following is a sample of some of the athletes that won events riding verified ECOBOARDS in 2017:
- Sage Erickson won the 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing on a Channel Islands ECOBOARD
- Jordy Smith placed 2nd at the 2017 Hurley Pro at Trestles on a Channel Islands ECOBOARD
- Taylor Jensen won the WSL World Longboard Championships riding Firewire ECOBOARDS
- Connor Baxter won the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games on a Starboard SUP ECOBOARD
- Zane Schweitzer won the 2017 Ultimate Waterman Challenge riding Starboard ECOBOARDS (SUP, shortboard, longboard)
- Finn McGill won the WSL World Junior Championships riding Firewire ECOBOARDS
The Deep Blue Bag
Sometimes you have to create examples of the vision you want to see. When Sustainable Surf came to MAFIA Bags with the idea to create the perfect bag for everyday urban adventures in water-bound cities like San Francisco, they knew the perfect partner to engage: Award-winning designer, avid surfer/kiteboarder and Sustainable Surf ambassador – Yves Behar of Fuseproject
Sustainable Surf wanted a bag packed with useful features, that could enhance and enable people’s connection to the ocean playground that surrounds the San Francisco Bay area. Yves Behar designed a one-of-a-kind bag full of unique and functional features, that also carries his trademark sculptural design aesthetic. And with your help, MAFIA will be creating the first run of bags, using recycled boat/kiteboard sails and climbing rope. Made right there, by the bay in San Francisco.
All profits from the Deep Blue Bag were used to amplify and expand Sustainable Surf’s award-winning Waste to Waves program. Keeping plastic out of our oceans by reimaging waste as a resource, instead of a problem. Crafted from retired boat sails, upcycled wetsuits and climbing ropes from Yosemite’s El Capitan, each unique bag also saves 10 square feet of material from the landfill.The Deep Blue Bag shows how waste materials can be made into a super-rad backpack that supports the urban surfing professional lifestyle.
The Deep Blue Bag was launched on Kickstarter, and was fully funded in five days after receiving coverage from WIRED Magazine, Dwell Magazine, and many other publications. MAFIA Bags donates all profits from the Deep Blue Bag to Sustainable Surf.
Foam, Wetsuits and Sails
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 2017.
In 2017 we also expanded our wetsuit, sail and kite collection network along West Coast USA. Working with our partner Suga Mats, wetsuits are given a new life as upcycled yoga mats. Sails are sent to MAFIA Bags to be turned into upcycled backpacks, totes and duffles - including the Deep Blue Bag.
Volcom Pipe Pro - 100% BIO-Powered
The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro continues to set the bar for a sustainable surf contest world-wide. It became the first major contest to be powered entirely on renewable energy. It used 100% biodiesel sourced from Pacific Biodiesel, and solar photovoltaic electricity from roof-top panels on the Volcom houses at Pipeline.
Each Deep Blue Event has a transparent sustainability report that gives quantitative performance data and suggestions for further improves. Please see the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro sustainability report.