Rich & Derek,
Not sure if you guys remember me, but I built a couple wood SUP boards back in April and you gave me a pretty sweet deal on your Sup Eco Cork Deck Pads.
I am sitting down today to write my promised reviews of the product—I hope you didn’t think I had forgotten. I wanted to get some real use out of them to help write a better, more honest review of the pads—and I’ve loved them!
I wanted to thank you again for setting that up—the pads have been awesome.
You’ve got a great product, I tell everyone who listens my story of putting these boards together and the amazing support I got from Solace and Wave Tribe.
It was a pleasuring to have both of you respond to my email back in April, it’s been a pleasuring paddling with your pads, and I hope to keep spreading the word for your brands!
Have a great week & cheers!
To order one today click here
Ventana Surfboards & Supplies recently launched in Santa Cruz. They’re an eco-conscious, craftsman-focused surf company doing pop-up shops in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area. They also have some amazing, reclaimed wood surfboards, handplanes and surf supplies featured on their website: http:/ventanasurfboards.com.
One of their coolest products is the unique, Save-A-Surf tool. It has four integrated fin screws (FCS and Futures), an Allen wrench secured with tiny magnets, a leash cord, a wax comb and a scraper. This all-in-one tool is perfect for saving your session. It’s a usable piece of art designed and produced in Santa Cruz by master craftsman Martijn Stiphout. They are laser cut to exact specifications, hand oiled and assembled by Ventana.
Their latest run is made with sustainably grown, Honduras Mahogany. The wood is offcut from the production of guitar necks by the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. The back of each tool is laser etched with name of the wood and their logo. The Santa Cruz Guitar Company has created custom guitars for some of the top names in the music industry: Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Dick Dale, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash and hundreds of others. The leash cords are made from left over paracord from the creation of Ventana Khordz mugs, and they’re super strong.
Wave Tribe team wants to introduce YOU to this Eco Rad List we’ve humbly put together, honoring more than two decades of ‘living green’.
1989 –FIRST ever known use of the word ‘Eco-friendly’.
Yup, sure enough, 25 years ago.
We remember that year very well.
The first signs of the negative impact of global warming, recycling, and CFC’s from aerosol and fridges were the talk of the moment.
Trending: Harmful aerosols…Recycling aluminum cans, plastic…remember?
LOTS has been going on since then…A wide variety of ‘green’ businesses and products began surfacing and blooming.
Especially, in the last decade, eco market has been exponentially growing, every year. Pretty cool.
In honor of those 25 years of ‘eco-friendly’ power.
We’ve casually been stumbling upon these eye-catching green products randomly, while doing our normal day-to-day work online.
These products or services, have caught our attention for their positive-generating energy and vision.
Small to medium businesses wanting to ‘break the mold’ in fun, creative, out-of-the-box ways.
Biodegradable sunglasses! How rad is that? 100% cotton. Crazy stuff 🙂
Organic sunblock. Organic Ingredients such as: coconut oil, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, beeswax, tea tree oil and zinc oxide. We want this now!
Eco friendly yoga mat and cork block. 100% recyclable and reusable yoga mats.
Eco friendly surfboards. Shapes designed by our world class shaper Frank McWilliams and Nicaraguan balsa wood.
You’ve got to check these guys out, they even use organic cotton cloths while working!
The Cruel Sea.
Vintage style canvas surf board bags, 1940’s Singer machine sewn. Have we mentioned the word Awesome, yet?
Surf board bags canvas (recycled?)
Upcycled skateboard decks made with sea trash!
Rad product, and even-radder cause. Please take a minute to look at these guys’ bio, everybody, it’s well worth it. Double shaka!
Run with the Tribe.
Conscious couture by Alana Rose Abbott. We love the name!
These eco rad organic garments are hand dyed and entirely hand-stitched. This girl rocks.
Surfboard bag that turns into hammock. Need we say more!? 🙂
SUP yoga school.
Yoga on the water?! Yup. Stephanie, owner and operator at Suptopia, will show you how. Check out her website for more of her amesomess.
We want to let you know we haven’t used or reviewed these products/services yet, but we would MOST definitely want to in the near future, and vouch for them 99.9999%.
So, that said. Tribe Family, if you feel the need to give us your feedback, please feel free to do so, tell us what you think, we’ll be happy to acknowledge your opinions and update our info.
Btw, we will update info and add to this list every month or so.
Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.
Wait, let’s let that sink in . . .
Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides.
Insecticides (or chemicals that cause major harm to you and the planet) are the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health.
That same cotton and those gnarly chemicals might be touching your skin right this very moment.
Dude, what about your undies?
Furthermore, all those chemicals filter into the land, into underground freshwater reserves, our rivers, our lakes and our oceans and (here it comes) our surf breaks.
Ever wonder what that smell was while you were surfing after the rain?
Think about the influence these chemical have on the water we drink and surf in—not cool!
So, your mission is to switch to organic Ts and other fabric when possible.
Do you know how good organic cotton feels?
WT is stoked to offer a whole new line of organic cotton T’s with.
Check out our ORGANIC T’s.
The purpose of this experiment was to find out which brand of surf wax provides the most amount of friction.
The hypothesis predicted that the brand, Sticky Bumps, would provide the most friction but this was not so.
Surf wax is applied to a surfboard’s surface of fiberglass.
It’s very sticky, but hard.
The surfer’s feet press into the wax and it creates friction.
Without surf wax, it would be extremely hard for a surfer to stay o the board without slipping around.
To test if the hypothesis is true or not, an apparatus was built that would lift one end of an artificial surfboard up.
An area on this artificial surfboard was covered with surfboard resin.
The area that was resined is where the wax would be applied.
A sled was built to represent a surfer’s feet and on it was placed a 30-pound weight.
The entire sled was placed on the waxed area of the artificial surfboard. When the artificial surfboard was lifted, the sled would move.
The angle at which the artificial surfboard was at when the sled moved was recorded.
This was done twenty times for each of the three brands of surf wax.
After averaging the trials for each brand of surf wax, it was found that . . .
Well, now you do!
You can read more about that here or stay on this page for some cork stoke!
Cork comes from a LIVE tree.
No dudes and dudettes, they don’t kill the tree to extract the cork.
Zen eco surf master lesson number one.
The material has been used for thousands of years, but what has made it famous is its application in wine bottles.
Viva la cork!
The cork is cut off the tree, cleaned, boiled and baked.
No chemicals are used and the end result is a biodegradable product.
Cork is a renewable resource and its harvesting is a truly sustainable example of agroforestry (this kind of agro is okay).
Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, healthy and sustainable land systems.
Producing plastic on the other hand—well, you can imagine, extracting plastic from oil is a dirty process.
Why does cork make a great pad?
It’s light and soft, no hard ridges on your pad to cut your knees.
Cork does not absorb water, it repels it—that means your surfboard tail remains light and agile for those sick turns.
Cork is a natural fire retardant, so your board won’t catch fire because you rip so hard!
So, we have come to the part of the email where, if you want, you can get a new cork deck pad. (Do it).
They are rad. Now you know why!
Click this link, place in cart, and hit checkout.
It’s that easy!
Wave Tribe Travel Bag Gets Upgraded – After a few years of research and development we decided to build in some new features into our generation five Global Board Bags.
We have added a new interior pocket that makes room for your wax, leash and fins.
The new pocket also allows for maximum organization as each pocket has it’s own closure system.
But the real big news is the change we have made to the rear and nose sections of the bag.
After numerous international surf trips of research and development we’ve engineered a new insert section.
Dude, this is so rad.
We’ve added an extra half inch of removable protective foam to make sure that your nose and tail remain ding free.
So check it, now you’ve got 13mm of foam in the bag + an additional 13mm inside where it matters most.
We made a video for you to review the upgrades—you’ll be stoked for sure.
Manufacturing in Asia isn’t as bad as most believe—really, that is not some green wash gibberish.
I’ve met the people working the machines and sowing our product, they are much like you and me—searching for opportunity, working to get ahead in life, facing the realities and challenge of providing for their families. Traveling opens your eyes to the richness and diversity of foreign cultures. But yea—there are lots of problems too.
Most of all it’s the transportation footprint that keeps me up at night. It’s 10,069 kilometers from Asia to California. That’s a long way from point A to point B. I don’t like the fact that the ocean is being used either, the ocean was made for surfing, not for transporting.
I first thought about manufacturing our eco surf products in California when the ‘buy local campaign’ started to gain momentum in organic food circles. There is no reason we shouldn’t attempt to apply the same ‘buy local’ vision for all of our surf consumables—this is what has made the Etsy movement so appealing—real people making real products right in our backyard.
We are just starting to explore these options at Wave Tribe—but more than explore we are acting. Wave Tribe is proud to report that we are now producing several of our bag styles in California and it sure feels great to support local businesses and substantially decrease our transportation footprint by more than 10,000 kilometers. But what feels even better is to know that our bags are being made in partnership with fellow surfers, people who share a similar vision and stoke fro life.
We designed this awesome rack for our retail partners to help them spread the Wave Tribe message and to assist them with point of purchase merchandizing.