So you would think of surfing as an environmentally sound endeavor right? But the reality is that only as of late has there been a concerted effort industry wide to improve the footprint of surfing. It is overall still a very “dirty” sport in relation to its perception and the reality of the industry practices, especially from the mega companies. Check out this chart courtesy of Envirosurfer.
Of course there have been some notable manufacturers doing the right thing for many years. My good friend Brian Gagliana has been shaping and selling bamboo surfboard kits for years with his brand, Greenlight Surf Supply. Fletcher Chouinard of Patagonia fame(son of founder, Yvon) has been producing a more environmentally sound product from day one at his brand, FCD. World wide there are many wood, balsa and other materials that sort of get lost in the cracks.Guys like Grain Surfboards based out of Maine and many others.
But like most of the world, the big corporations have set the overall tone and it hasn’t really been a good one. And then when they do “go green” they jack up the prices to justify the process even though it is often cheaper to produce. Kinda a sad state of affairs. Companies like Quiksilver, Billabong, Hurley and Body Glove should be doing more and hopefully they will?
Check out the video below to see how one company is dedicated to doing their part. At first glance, I thought this was a little goofy but it seems to be catching on out there in California. I saw this over at KorduroyTv which is an amazing surf lifestyle website geared for the do it “yourselfer.”
The Story of Waste to Waves from Sustainable Surf on Vimeo.
This awesome infographic provided by: http://www.greensurfshop.com Thanks crew at Green surf Shop!!