Foundation projects

ECOBOARD Project

Kelly Slater with Kevin Whilden and Michael Stewart from Sustainable Surf.org

The Quiksilver Foundation wants to congratulate one of the most unique nonprofit organization that we support – Sustainable Surf – for the major progress that it has made in 2013 on developing it's ECOBOARD Project program, which has recently been endorsed for use by the Surf Industries Manufacturers Association (SIMA).

Sustainable Surf has developed the ECOBOARD Project program to help consumers choose a high-performance sustainable surfboard made with the latest advancements in green chemistry and renewable materials – designed to dramatically reduce the surfboard’s environmental and toxic impact on our shared environment. This program provides the surfing industry with the first, independent 3rd party, consumer facing “eco-label” for surfboards. Their science-based program provides a simple “benchmark” for classes of materials that offer significant environmental and worker health benefits – and it provides a simple path for verification of the use of these more sustainable surfboard construction materials, in specific surfboards.

To that end, the ECOBOARD Project is aimed at working in partnership with the surfboard building industry, to help encourage the transformation from the historical use of more toxic and energy intensive building materials, and towards a complete model of sustainable manufacturing.

Currently – the ECOBOARD Project has already been adopted by the majority of the world’s leading surfboard brands including Channel Islands, Lost, Firewire, Stretch, T.Patterson and many more. You can see the current list 

The Quiksilver Foundation is a proud supporter of the ECOBOARD Project program, and we look forward to seeing even more professional surfers on equipment like this, including Quiksilver Icon Kelly Slater who recently got his own Channel Islands signature model ECOBOARD.

Congrats guys and keep up the great work in 2013!