A few days ago I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Kevin Whilden who, along with Michael Stewart, created a non-profit called Sustainable Surf. Kevin is a smart man–the kind of guy who knows what he is talking about. He gave me a rundown of what Sustainable Surf does along with a very enlightening lesson in Cuban permaculture.
While Sustainable surf doesn’t physically make ecoboards, they play a very important role in the sustainable surfboard game. They educate both surfers and shapers on how to make an ecoboard, and they verify that surfboards are made according to their ECOBOARD Benchmark.
Sustainable Surf runs three main projects right now. They include Deep Blue Surfing, which partners with events and contests like the Volcom Pipe Pro and the Vans Triple Crown to help with environmental logistics. This year’s Triple Crown is running completely on bio diesel for the first time ever. There’s also the The ECOBOARD Project, which has created a new standard for products being used to make surfboards. It’s a universal standard that helps consumers choose eco-conscious products. So far, Firewire, …Lost and Channel Islands are all taking part in The ECOBOARD Project. Finally, there is Waste To Waves (there is also a wonderful documentary about this one) which collects styrofoam from surf shops and turns it into new surfboard blanks.