Guide to sustainable surfing
Most of us are aware that petroleum-based products – including plastics, neoprene & resins - aren't good for the environment. But when you stop and think about it, just about everything a surfer needs to do his or her thing is made from petroleum-based products; boards, wetsuits, deck grips, leashes, even wax!
So what’s stopping us from becoming more eco-friendly and sustainable while doing something we love to do?
Maybe you weren't aware there are products available that don't use any, or anywhere near as much, petroleum and petrochemicals in their manufacture.
Photo: Surfrider GCT president Jordyn with some of the growing range of eco-friendly surfing products
EcoStoke aims to make surfers more aware about some of these alternative products, and the potential benefits they have over the industry-standard makes & models. This market sector is evolving quickly, so if you know of a product we don't have included in our pages please let us know about it.
See these links below for alternatives to the standard petrochemical surfing products:
Deck Grips & Leg Ropes
Eventually we will also have a Product Directory to let you know who’s making these alternative products and where you can buy them from. So keep coming back to this page or keep an eye out for Surfrider GCT Facebook updates & news.
Beware the “greenwash”
Surfrider is aware that there are many grey areas in terms of products claiming to be “eco-friendly”, including such issues as; what constitutes a certifiably “organic” product, cradle to cradle energy & carbon assessments, and full production cycle benefit comparisons between some alternative and standard products.
While Surfrider stands by the environmental benefits of the alternative products outlined in these pages, we don’t have the resources to be a full-on research centre (although we do enjoy testing as many products as we can!). So to some degree we rely on the good faith of the product manufacturers and suppliers.
EcoStoke’s main aim is to inform surfers about the alternatives available so you can consider the environment when making product choices. We urge you all to do your own research when making these decisions, and of course let us know what you find out there.