Waves: they get greener with eco-friendly surfboards

Is your surfboard environmentally friendly? What is the total carbon footprint of your surf quiver? The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is the new online tool that measures the carbon emissions associated with the production of surfboards.

There are two calculators: a simple and a full version with with over 190 variables. You type in the dimensions, the resin type, the fins and plugs used, the foam, the ding repairs made, etc. In the end, the tool will calculate a final value.

The Surfboard Carbon Calculator is a way of engaging and educating the extreme sports enthusiasts to more eco-friendly practices in daily surfing. You can find it here.

Every year, more than 750,000 surfboards are made with a total carbon footprint of around 220,000 tons of CO2. It’s our duty as surfers to reduce this, as it usually costs between 1-2% of the retail value of a surfboard to carbon offset it, e.g. £4.50 ($7.00 or €5.00) to carbon offset a 6ft PU shortboard.

Carbon offsetting is an amazing way of making already made surfboards green, and can make our sport sustainable. Alessandro Piu, Angus Murray, Lucia Griggi are the first ambassadors of the green surfboard movement.

Decarbonated, the developer this online tool, is an extreme sport based environmental consultancy company run by Rick, a Surf Science Graduate, and Matt, MSc in Environmental Management.