Environmentally Friendly Surfboards vs Styrofoam Blanks

Alex Gray no hesitation on his ecoboard

Sustainable surfing is our responsibility as wave riders today. And if you’re one of the millions of people out there that enjoys getting in the water you know how important it is to help keep our natural environment unspoiled. Recently the same old surfboard has been redesigned for better performance and a less toxic impact. Those polyurethane slathered boards are bad for sea life and increase our already carbon-polluted oceans.

Polyurethane and Styrofoam boards still dominate the lineup today but recently there have been attempts to create ecoboards that are not only high-performance but also environmentally friendly. Shapers are rethinking those polyester resins offering a new alternative ecoboards, which will surely be the future of the industry.

Eco Friendly and ready to rip

Eco Friendly and ready to rip

Green Surfboards Manufactures

Entrophy Resins are a UV stable biobased epoxy system for composite, coating and adhesive applications. Specifically designed for superior performance and sustainable surfing these resins are made for strength and ease of use. Powered by plants, Entrophy resins are made with Super Sap technology to replace petro-chemicals.

Grean Foam was co-founded by industry expert Joey Santley. This surf veteran knows that making sustainable surfboards is our environmental responsibility so he’s forging ahead with his business partner Steve Cox to create the world’s only recycled polyurethane surfboard blanks. These cores won’t end up in landfills when you break them.

Sustainable Surf The ecoboard project requires sustainable surfing manufacturers to include a minimum of 40% recycled foam or biological content (soy) in the board and the resin must be produced from at least 15% bio-based materials to boast the label. You can grab one from Volcom.

Clark Foam sent a shock wave into the lives of surfboard shapers everywhere. With the release of this super solid urethane material, blanks were getting harder to shape but boards were getting sturdier. So much so that Clark quickly began producing about 1,200 blanks a day and ended up supplying 90% of the US market.

Bees Knees Surf Wax won’t leak petrochemicals in to the water. Many surf waxes are made with a petroleum byproduct called paraffin that falls of your board into our delicate ocean ecosystem. Replace yours today with a biodegradable alternative – it’s the bees knees!

Kealii Mamala pulling into a fun one at Pipe on his Lib Tech Puddle Jumper

Kealii Mamala pulling into a fun one at Pipe on his Lib Tech

Lib Tech makes a more durable board with closed cell foam that won’t absorb water and won’t end up in a landfill. Made from a recycled foam core (up to 50% content in the blank), there are also no solvents, no ozone depleting blowing agents, no additives and no boron used in making these bitchin’ boards. Best of all they aren’t even calling these surfboards, only Lib could come up with the phrase waterboards!!

For surfers, protecting the environment often comes second to performance and durability. But you can count on good company if you are looking for ecofriendly surfing gear. Those riding the green wave of sustainable surfing include Greg Long, Torry Meister, Shaun Tomson, Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, Mark Price, Ryan Ashton, Jim Moriarty and so many more!

Marshall Alberga enjoying a great Matt Biolos Eco Design

Marshall Alberga enjoying a great Matt Biolos Eco Design

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Brittany Artwohl
Brittany is an Arizona native, a female skateboarder and music junkie for the past 13 years.

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