Volcom Pipe Pro: green from the inside out

The 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro has been considered a Deep Blue Surfing Event by Sustainable Surf.

The surf contest exceeded the minimum requirements of all five major categories of environmental and social impacts - Waste Diversion, Renewable Energy, Community Outreach, Climate Change and Transportation.

The 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro was the first Hawaiian ASP surfing event to be powered by biodiesel, and to become carbon neutral. The 2014 edition continued this achievement and provided significant support for the local community.

Traffic congestion and vehicle emissions were also further reduced through the use of shuttle services, and the welcomed use of bicycles and skateboards by event staff, competitors and locals alike.

In 2014, overall waste diversion performance improved to 82% with the use of special public bins, in which spectators put their waste into the proper receptacle for recycling, compost, and trash.

Also, the competition used 60% blend of biodiesel, supported environmental and social organizations operating in Oahu's North Shore community, registered a total carbon footprint o 259 metric tons CO2e, and provided shuttle service to guests staying at Turtle Bay.

Sustainable surfing contests should not be an exception. Surfers have the responsibility to think and act green.