With the increase of waste in oceans, it is now the turn of surf to follow the green trend. A way for surfers, directly hit by that pollution, to fight at their own level to preserve oceans. It is this way that ingenious brands have decided to revolutionise surf equipment. An initiative which aims at making them more environmentally-friendly, thanks to natural materials such as wood and cork. In this article, we present you brands which offer a sustainable alternative to surf in an eco-responsible way.
Back to authenticity and naturalness with wooden surf material
Do you remember the first images of surfers back in the 30s ? It was an era when surfers would ride with wooden longboards weighing more than 50 kilos. Surfing has evolved a lot since to offer us shorter and much lighter boards.
Despite the progress made in terms of shape, the field of surf was spared by the vintage trend that appeared a few years ago. This is how many shapers have decided to “surf” on this wave by bringing wooden surfboards up to date. But this time, we got rid of the 50kg boards ! Shapers like Cachalot surfboards, have imagined natural and light boards to surf more ecologically and still efficiently.
Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de freelances et d’entrepreneurs ont décidé de tout quitter pour vivre cette nouvelle aventure mêlant passion et travail. Une nouvelle vie moins stressante, enrichissante et inspirante !
But how to move from a 50kg board to one of 5kg ? Simply with the materials we now use. Before, boards were made with very heavy wood such as cedar, mahogany or koa. Today, board manufacturers moved to some wood that is lighter, very solid and salt-water proof such as paulownia, balsa and bamboo. Other shapers like Donald Brink decided to make very original wooden surfboards from recycled wood pallets. A good way to reduce waste and create a board with a unique and innovating design.
But the use of wood in the field of surf is not just limited to boards. Indeed, wood and surf lovers can opt for sustainable surf accessories such as centreboards, the waxbox or even the wax comb. Accessories that are both aesthetic and very resistant. Indeed, the waxbox is made of ash wood, just like the comb that is stored in the lid. A material that comes from environmentally-friendly forests and which can be easily recycled. Moreover, this wooden box with a design inspired by rocks is ideal to store your wax bread and protect it from the sun and sand. A perfect accessory to preserve your wax in the long term !
© Chloé Fayollas
© Chloé Fayollas
You want to surf more ecologically ? In that case, wood is what you need ! Indeed, it is the way for surf lovers to protect oceans with environmentally-friendly material. But choosing wooden surf equipment is also a means to get back to surf roots with genuine boards while being in the spirit of our times thanks to its refined design. A good way to get back to a Californian and cooler surf !
Cork : a 100% natural material for environmentally-friendly surf equipment
Yep, you understood well, we are indeed going to talk about cork. However, it has nothing to do with cork stoppers 😉.
Cork is a natural material, derived from oak, mostly known to close wine bottles. But did you know that cork is not only used to make stoppers ? Indeed, its features make it a very popular material when it comes to insulation, waterproofness and flexibility. Moreover, cork is 100% recyclable and taken off from oak trees without harming them. These attributes have appealed to shapers eager to create environmentally-friendly boards.
Unfortunately it is not possible to shape a surf board entirely with cork. Indeed, the board would be far too heavy to be able to surf comfortably and efficiently. This is how the innovating brand Notox launched its cork range. After the success of its boards made 100% with flax, it decided to create even more resistant boards thanks to cork properties. To keep respecting the environment, Notox uses mainly recycled products to produce this new range : recyclable polystyrene and flax & cork fibres for the board surface. Thanks to cork used on the surface, Notox boards are easily repairable which is a good way to make them last much longer and thus reduce surf-related waste.
As well as having a very natural and refined design, these boards covered with cork provide a great surf feeling. How come ? Simply because they are 100% waterproof and also because cork reduces vibrations. Furthermore, it provides the surfer with great grip. Would you like to test cork grip before getting yourself a Notox board ? Add to your board a surf pad made 100% of cork. You will no longer need to wax your board before your session !
Today, many brands offer great environmentally-friendly alternatives in the surf world. Unlike what one may think, eco-friendly surf material perfectly matches design and efficiency. So, are you ready to surf in an ecological way ?