Can your next surfboard help save your waves? The answer was made clear a few months ago at the Sustainable Surf EcoBoard Launch Party, held in downtown San Francisco and hosted by Saatchi and Saatchi. Surfboard manufacturers are realizing that if the waves and beaches are too polluted to surf, then no one will be buying their products. They are starting to use toxic free resins, recycled foam, harvestable wood stringers while not sacrificing the two most important aspects of board production – price and performance.
The evening was a mix of a fundraiser, a surfboard glassing demo, and a panel discussion. The idea was to show attendees that you didn’t have to sacrifice quality to save our seas. After the introduction from the Co-Founders of Sustainable Surf, Mike Stewart and Kevin Whilden, the pro glassers from Entropy Resins and E-Tech Glassing showed off their skills on a Channel Islands surfboard custom-shaped for former World Champ surfer Shaun Tomson. Why do this at a party? To show how non-toxic the bioresins were – you couldn’t smell any fumes, unlike the usual stank coming from many shaping rooms around the world