Riding The Waves Right Into Sustainability!


Taylor Ford

Sustainability 101

July 20, 2021

If you’re interested in delving into surfing, you’re probably gonna need a surfboard... or two... or three.

Professional surfers can EASILY go through 150 surfboards every year! Not to mention that surfers have several boards at one time for different waves and locations. That’s A LOT of boards going into a landfill every year.

Obviously, not everyone is a pro surfer. But with 700,000 to 800,000 surfers worldwide, surfboard consumption is through the roof, and I think it’s time we have a little chat about the surfboard industry.

Originally, surfboards were made from non-toxic materials such as wood. But as the surf industry grew and petroleum entered the market, surfing began to stray from its natural roots.

Nowadays, surfboards are almost exclusively made from petroleum-based materials. Sadly, companies have made few efforts to deviate from this norm... until Firewire came into the mix!

Firewire is taking the initiative to venture off into the world of sustainable surfing with its Timbertek surfboards and algae traction pads. This board comprises sustainably-grown 3mm Paulownia wood deck skins, parabolic Paulownia wood rails, deck sandwich cloth, and entropy bio-resin. Now, this sounds great, but Firewire STILL uses EPS and fiberglass in this board.

Now I know you’re wondering, what the heck is EPS?

EPS is short for expanded polystyrene and is pretty much just the core that the board is built around. 20% of this EPS is recycled, but the fact of the matter is that petroleum is still required.

Obviously, Firewire still has a long way to go to make their boards totally sustainable. Still, it is admirable to see a brand make an effort to deviate from the norms of the industry and acknowledge the importance of sustainability!


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