It is really challenging to work on producing sustainable products. You take two steps forward and one step backwards, but it is really rewarding if you find a way to generate the same feeling and strength of a normal board with the latest technologies based on natural resources. The first tests showed that the board feels quite different on the water due to new flex characteristics that provide more control while riding waves. The weight of the eco board is more or less the same of any other conventional board. Nowadays a windsurf board has an average carbon emission of 100 kg/CO2 over its lifetime, from raw materials and production to packaging, electricity, shipping and disposal. The new eco board with the L.C.F (low carbon footprint) technology is going to have approximately 86 kg/CO2 over its lifetime with still a lot of room for improvement, especially regarding the disposal.
The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint for any board production and offer it for the same price as a conventional one. In terms of business, it is probably not the most efficient way to make money because the costs of production are still more expensive. If more and more brands in the surf industry choose this path of developing products favourable to Mother Nature, the cost will be cheaper, which would be a really positive sign for our environment and our wallets.
One of the world’s most respected marine biologists, Dr. Sylvia Earl, once said, “You have the power of choice but it doesn’t help if you don’t use it.” It’s not my intention to tell you what is right or wrong and buying an eco board won’t solve our huge pollution problem alone, but I like the idea that windsurfing as a sport can have a positive impact for our environment. We might be still far away from that, but every change starts with one step in the right direction. I think it’s worth it to try, because we only have one planet with wind and waves.
“ I like the idea that windsurfing as a sport can have a positive impact for our environment. ”