Posts Tagged ‘green’

The Importance Of Sustainable Surfing

Friday, August 26th, 2011
Surfing: our sport must respect Nature

Surfing: our sport must respect Nature

 

The planet is facing ever increasing environmental pressures, not least when it comes down to our oceans. From sewage pollution to marine litter, coastal development to climate change, as a group of like-minded individuals we are all often faced with these issues first-hand when using our precious chosen beaches.

 

Surfers Against Sewage brings us all together as people who love, enjoy and use the sea, not to mention those who are perhaps the most inclined to do something to help protect our coastal areas, in fact any area, from environmental damage. But what is the big picture and how can we adapt our lifestyles to make a positive difference no matter how small?

 

The Sustainable Guide to Surfing is a thought-provoking, challenging and sometimes bleak assessment of the challenges that face our environment and how we, as surfers, contribute to them. But it also outlines how well-placed the surfing community is to influence positive action to tackle these issues and influence the masses to adopt an increasingly sustainable way of living.

 

Download a PDF of the report, here.

 

The act of surfing itself is extremely low impact. We use a natural, renewable energy wave. We can carry on surfing without adversely impacting the environment. But we need to check our associated lifestyle around surfing to ensure we can enjoy clean waves tomorrow and beyond.

 

The guide identifies a basic call to arms for surfers, one that harks back to the maverick, pioneer spirit that so often set apart surfers as a resourceful group of individuals intent on getting away from the mainstream and defining themselves in their own terms. Source: SurferToday

Is Your Surfboard Eco-Friendly?

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Waves: they get greener with eco-friendly surfboards

Waves: they get greener with eco-friendly surfboards

 

Is your surfboard environmentally friendly? What is the total carbon footprint of your surf quiver? The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is the new online tool that measures the carbon emissions associated with the production of surfboards.

 

There are two calculators: a simple and a full version with with over 190 variables. You type in the dimensions, the resin type, the fins and plugs used, the foam, the ding repairs made, etc. In the end, the tool will calculate a final value.

 

The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is a way of engaging and educating the extreme sports enthusiasts to more eco-friendly practices in daily surfing. You can find it here.

 

Every year, more than 750,000 surfboards are made with a total carbon footprint of around 220,000 tons of CO2. It’s our duty as surfers to reduce this, as it usually costs between 1-2% of the retail value of a surfboard to carbon offset it, e.g. £4.50 ($7.00 or €5.00) to carbon offset a 6ft PU Shortboard.

 

Carbon offsetting is an amazing way of making already made surfboards green, and can make our sport sustainable. Alessandro Piu, Angus Murray, Lucia Griggi are the first ambassadors of the green surfboard movement.

 

Decarbonated, the developer this online tool, is an extreme sport based environmental consultancy company run by Rick, a Surf Science Graduate, and Matt, MSc in Environmental Management. Source: SurferToday

Recycled Beer Can Surfboard

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A recycled beer can surfboard that actually can be used to enjoy the pleasure of riding waves. When Richard Quinn Morrison started out the “Enviro Surf Art Series” concept, he never thought how far he would go.

 

That’s why this 6′2″ Fish beer channeled bottom surfboard is so unique. The surf artist survived a car crash and returned to creation with a “new creative hunger and vision to push the boundaries of what he thinks is art and what is not”.

 

Recycled beer can surfboard

Recycled beer can surfboard

 

 

Morrison uses the most unthinkable techniques to create strange, innovative and stunning artwork. At the same time, he surfs his waves in sunny California.

 

Empty beer cans are useless, but when “embedded” in a surfboard they get a total new vision. At the same time, they invite you to enjoy and share a laugh with your surf friends right after a nice surf session.

 

The sculpture uses two wood stringers and quite a few beer cans (72!), from six brands, collected by friends at a local bar. Then, FCS fins are added and surf’s up. The recycled beer can surfboard will be tested in real surfing scenario, in the next weeks.

 

Remember a basic rule: don’t drink while surfing or you’ll be fined. Source: SurferToday

Surf Wax Is Far From Being Green

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Be sure to know what your surf wax is really made from

Be sure to know what your surf wax is really made from

 

Surf wax is far away from being green and eco-friendly. An independent French laboratory has studied surfboard waxes that claim to be green and the results cause concern.

 

In the last three years, the wax brands launched green formulas that claim to be organic and natural, which means free from petrochemical ingredients.

 

Rescoll developed a chemical screening of the surf wax companies: Matunas, Greenfix, Terrawax, Ranson, Famous Green Label and Sticky Bumps Soy Wax. The results are outstanding.

 

Half of the tested waxes are mainly constituted by ingredients from petrochemical origin (Matunas, Terra Wax, Ransom), two waxes are mainly constituted by ingredients from natural origin (Sticky Bumps Soy Wax, Famous Green Label) and only one is exclusively constituted by ingredients from natural origin (GreenFix).

 

This analysis underlines that major organic constituents of this wax are from petrochemical origin, for instance paraffins and mineral oils. So, there’s a lot to be done to improve the ecological footprint of today’s surf waxes and if you claim to be green, you have to honor your client’s choice. Source: SurferToday

Hotel Built From Beach Trash

Friday, March 18th, 2011
This is an awesome idea to raise awareness about our coasts

This is an awesome idea to raise awareness about our coasts

 

A hotel made of trash collected in the beaches of Europe has been built and installed by the prestigious artist HA Schult, in the central Callao Square, in Madrid, Spain. The “Corona Extra Save the Beach Hotel” is built with twelve tons of trash and offer visitors an experience with a strong environmental commitment.

 

HA Schult is famous for his work “Trash Men”, a piece that is composed of thousands of life-sized human figures completely made of trash. This pioneering project wants to make people aware of the need to take care of the beaches of Europe. Helena Christense, top model, has slept in the iconic hotel.

 

A voting is carried out each year to choose the beach that needs the most clean up. In 2010, Corona Extra cleaned, with the help of volunteers, the Bay of Portmán beach, in Murcia, and in 2009, the beach selected by the Internet users was Capocotta, very close to Rome.

 

The project counts on the help of the international organization Blue Flag. Source: SurferToday

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