It was decided earlier this year that Surfer vs Planet will become an annual release after it's first edition last year which had over 3000 downloads and plenty of positive feedback. Each edition will highlight some of the latest environmental innovations from the surfing world, to inspire sustainable practices across global surf culture. We hope this inspires?? Snapshot of some of the latest trends and innovations?? Without further ado...
- Timber Surfboards - Mix of Materials (?) - Natural Cork - The Softboard Market - Recycling - Think Different - Community - Boost Your Idea - Accountability - Credits
The original eco-surfboard. Prior to the 1950s, timber was the dominant material used for surfboards. Are we slowly going full circle and realising its potential as the most suitable material for a surfboard, given it's durability, low environmental impact, and natural beauty.
It all started with an academic research thesis on the subject of Surfing and Sustainability that was completed in 2018. This research highlighted that the surfing world can do much better with it's environmental and social impact; from it's pinnacle as a competitive sport, all the way down to it's prominence as a fun weekend activity at the beach. We've given talks, facilitated workshops, mentored students and provided research and written content. Our latest project, Surfer vs Planet, is a free digital guide to inspire surfers and those working in the surf industry to become more environmentally aware.
There's more in the pipeline and we're excited to be forging partnerships with key players in the surfing world to safeguard our natural environment and ensure surfing is something everyone can enjoy. Everyone involved at Wave Changer is a volunteer; which means we are driven by a genuine passion and motivation to facilitate positive change.