Surfing clean, it can be learnt !
When you’re surfer, necessarily you get this instinct of preservation towards his environment. More than a playground, the ocean is a living space that must be protected. Although it’s common to rub plastic rubbish and other on the beach or as the peak, there was a time when it didn’t exist. Truthful! If we can’t solve this problem easily, we can reverse the trend with more responsible practices.
1. Choose eco-friendly surfboard brands
Encourage brands that are committed to a greener approach. Surfing can be paradoxical from certain angles. Oil and other polluting components are common in the composition of boards, although many brands are moving towards new and more eco-friendly practices, including the use of partially recycled resins. Some brands stand out and offer greener boards. Notox has designed a range made from cork, uses 100% recycled foam buns and produces boards with a fiberglass lamination. Lib Tech offers famous models such as the Puddle Jumper Lost in an ultra solid construction for a higher life expectancy, with an eco-design approach in the choice of its materials. The new French brand Nomads Surfing is also launching the marketing of surfboards and eco-friendly accessories.
2. Buy used surfboards
The opportunity, how to give a second life to the material. Offer yourself a new board is also discover new sensations. No way to deprive yourself ! A lot of used boards available on Akewatu website are waiting for one thing: go back to the water! A compulsive need that all surfers also know! The occasion is a way to consume more responsibly while renewing its quiver.
3. Maintain his equipment:
Simple but not always obvious. When you come out of a 3-hour session and our arms are shaking under the slightest movement, rinsing off your suit can be seen as a chore. But these 2 minutes of effort will allow you to significantly extend the life of your neoprene. Same fight when you put it on or take it off. No need to push your elasticity to the extreme by shooting like a bitch. She will be more than grateful to you.
Your surfboard got an impact? Repair it quickly or close the breach directly to prevent infiltration that may eventually damage your board. Keep a scotch tip nearby or a “solarez” resin tube for express repairs. You can go back to the water within 10 minutes. Except extreme cases, such as tearing a drift box or breaking the board in half. Optimism is a quality, but all the same.
4. Chase the waves with others, favoring car pooling
Finding the right spot can lead you to chaining the miles. And you must not be the only surfer in your area to skim the beaches. Do not hesitate to choose carpool. Many Facebook groups and websites have been created for this purpose. In addition to meeting new people, you will save money.
5. Opt for organic accessories:
During your life surfer, you will consume kilos of wax. So, both choose a biodegradable brand, using natural ingredients, none-polluting for the marine environment. GreenFix, SimWax, Terra Wax, here are 100% biodegradable products.
It will be your best friend when it comes to UV protection. Great sun or overcast, it is essential to prevent skin diseases. In order to protect the marine environment, opt for organic marks. The impact on the water quality of sunscreens based on synthetic products is well established. Witness the recent law banning certain sunscreens on the Hawaiian archipelago. The French brand EQ is a great option to go surfing safely, without polluting.
6. Be attentive to your environment:
No need to fly over the infamous plastic continent to realize the extent of ocean pollution. I am sure just by looking at your spot, you will be able to realize it. There is no unnecessary action. The simple act of picking up the waste that is on your way, between the peak and the car park, helps protect the ocean.
Still in this process, waste collection operations are organized by none profit associations such as Surfrider Foundation or EllesSurf throughout France.
Article written by Antoine Marchadour.