In The Press
Surfers Path Magazine: Global Boardbag Review
ESPN: Pioneer Boardbag Product Review
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Wave Lengths Magazine: Recycled Leash Review
Greenroom Voice: Brand Review
Greenroom Review Highlights:
DEEP: Boardbag & Deckpad Review
Surfers Path Magazine: Leash Review
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Wave Lengths Magazine: Surfboard Racks Review
Surfers Path Magazine: Boardbag Review
Outside Magazine Review Highlights:
Surfing British Columbia Surf
We're lucky to be able to surf on some of the most pristine coastlines in the world, but these days it's pretty hard to forget that oil is still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico and that people are still campaigning to have the tanker ban lifted on the West Coast.
If you want change you have to start at home, though, so it's been encouraging to see some environmentally-minded companies making inroads in the surf industry in the last few years.
Wave Tribe is one of them, and one of the products that we've been digging lately is their recycled surfboard leash. We've had the 6' version on a board for the last few months—it's super solid, and seems pretty much flawless so far.
The specs run down like this: 100% recycled urethane cord, rail saver, double swivel, heavy-duty velcro, reinforced webbing and a small pocket for keys. 6', 6' Comp, 7', 8', 9', and 9' Calf lengths are available. And if you're wondering whether recycled plastic is strong enough for a surfboard leash, Wave Tribe offers a one-year warranty with a promise to replace your leash free—and send you a second one as well—if you manage to snap it within a year of purchase.
All in all, if you're in the market for a new cord, the Wave Tribe ones are definitely worth checking out.
They even have a bit of Canadian content, with the side of the box quoting 'Canadian ripper, Tony': "I'm stoked they didn't use bitch-ass velcro." Well put, Tony, well put.
Surfplug: Wave Tribe Leash Review
When we first looked at the leash we laughed. The art is just down right awesome. Who doesn’t love good comic art?? With quotes like “I’m stoked they didn’t use bitch-ass velcro” and “It’s not about the size..it’s what you do with it!!!” We wondered if it would live up to the hype its cool packaging claimed. This leash happens to be the worlds only recycled surfboard leash! One would think that quality would be compromised because of this, but actually it is the opposite.
The swivels (located on BOTH ends) are top quality and show no sign of give. The cord has just enough stretch. The super stretchy ones always turn into 9 foot leashes. The Wave Tribes 6 foot comp leash holds its original length.
To test the leash, we attached the leash to an 8 foot doyle and all took turns surfing it. If anything will break a leash, it is a heavy doyle. To our surprise, the swivels were still tight after the session. Believe me, we were flicking the board out from under us trying to snap it. Didn’t happen.
Another pet peeve of ours is that many comp leashes have a plastic edge that digs into the side of your ankle. Not the case with the Wave Tribes 6 foot comp leash.
The pricing of this leash is extremely reasonable compared to other eco-friendly product. At just $21.95 this leash has you saving money and the earth!
Wave Tribe’s core principle of replacing toxic and over-produced materials with recycled and organic quality is the foundation of their mission to create a symbiotic relationship between sport and planet.
Sponsoring Lloyd takes Wave Tribe’s eco-message to global levels on the surf circuit. Wave Tribe’s core values reflect the dedication of sustainable surfers, keeping the waters of the world clean for the next great ride.
Deep Magazine: Eco-friendly Surf Products
Although the ever-sensitive ocean is the backdrop of surfing, the sport has never been the most eco-friendly game in town. Using toxic petrochemicals to produce everything from surfboards and wetsuits to clothing and wax, surfing has definitely left a huge footprint on the environment.
The past several years, however, have seen a real boost in the number of companies wishing to reduce that footprint and create products that surfers can use relatively guilt-free. Whether from a natural desire to do the right thing for the ocean environment that has provided so much pleasure or as a cue from successful businesses like now world-famous Patagonia, the "Green Revolution" is in full effect.
One such company that has been created in the warm, green glow of environmental consciousness is Wave Tribe. Started in 2007 by longtime surfer Derek D, Wave Tribe offers a full complement of eco-friendly board bags, socks, leashes and apparel-all designed to minimize dependence on petrochemicals.
The board bags are all made from hemp fabric, with recycled plastic filler material for padding.
Derek, being a world traveler, added elements like a zippered wetsuit enclosure and business card pocket, to add utilitarian versatility to his product. Wave Tribe's apparel is made from organic cotton, and its leashes from recycled plastic. Not wanting to be merely another insensitive apparel company bent on making dollars over making a difference, Wave Tribe seeks to "create a symbiotic relationship between sport and planet."
Surfer Girl Mag: Reviews Surfboard Socks
Wave Tribe surfboard socks got mention in the UK Surf Mag Surfer Girl! We are super stoked to get recognized and mentioned by the editors and we appreciate that the media is standing up to what we are about and giving us a shout out.
In this issue Surfer Girl featured our ecological wave tribe board socks as one of the top products for 2009.
Surfers Path Drags Surfboard Leash Ten Miles
A good surf leash is one of those pieces of gear you forget about until you need it. On the other hand, a bad surf leash never lets you forget -maybe it's constantly hog-tying you when you pop up or maybe the manufacturer skimped on the cuff fabric and Velcro so it's digging into your ankle or not staying on like it should; or maybe it just snaps and you ruin your favorite board. Well, I'm pleased to report the Wave Tribe Recycled Leash is excellent. For the past couple weeks I've been testing it on a variety of boards, even through four days of Hurricane Bertha swell, and it worked great. The urethane cord is made of recycled plastic: and if you have any doubts about its long-term durability, it's backed by a one-year warranty. Plus. I accidentally shut the leash in my truck door and dragged it 10 miles to a nearby beach. The trip probably took a year off its life but the leash still works great.
Bottom line: buying this leash reduces your footprint on earth and it's still every bit as comfortable and strong as any brand name leash I've ever used.
Green Surf International: Green Leashes
Not only does Wave Tribe produce an awesome line of board bags, but they also have a line leashes using recycled urethane rubber to make their chords. They are UV stabilized and designed to return slowly after stretching to nearly eight times original length. They also use recycled plastic materials to create the casings for the new high quality metal swivels used on each end.
The cuff features distinctive webbing and double lined neoprene for a comfortable fit. They also use extra long Velcro to secure the leash to your ankle to insure an adequate amount of Velcro to Velcro contact, even with a 4/3 and booties.
The other end attaches to your board with the included leash rope using Velcro with multiple overlaps and a double thickness rail saver to keep it from folding or twisting under extreme loads, so as not to rip into the tail or rail of your board.
Wave Tribe produces their ankle leashes in lengths of 6, 7, 8 and 9 feet as well as a 9 foot calf leash. We will be using one of their bags and leashes to complete our Greener Board Project and I will report back on the usability and durability of their products, although I’m sure I will be satisfied.
They are currently setting up their distributorships and you should be able to pick a leash up at your local surf shop in the near future, and they are currently available online. Visit www.Wavetribe.com for more information on their products which also include board bags made of hemp, organic cotton and recycled materials, plus their own line of branded organic hemp and cotton clothing.-GSI
I got into the habit some years ago of keeping my current boards in board bags. I’ve got a few boards and have racks in my garage for storage so I don’t need a bag for every board, but I typically ride the same 2 or 3 boards 90% of the time, so they usually live in day bags. The majority of my dings used to come from getting my board in and out of the car or from that damn spring-loaded door at my old office. Seems like I rarely ever ding my boards actually riding them, instead the dings come from the random door smacks and clumsy accidents. The daybag helps keep them free from harm.
I got a 6’6″ Wave Tribe bag a few months ago and have put it into rotation keeping the boys safe from the random evil accidents that happen in the garage. The cool thing about these bags is that they use hemp fabric and recycled foam for the internal padding. Usually a daybag is kind of a no-brainer purchase, they are all pretty much just foam and fabric so there’s not a whole lot to comparison shop on. The fact that these use recycled content and hemp fabric makes them a much more attractive package than the alternatives. I haven’t had any problems with my old daybags, and from the looks of it, this Wave Tribe bag is going to perform equally as well, but it’s nice to know that it’s made using recycled content and a bit more environmentally friendly fabric.
Wave Tribe also makes leashes using recycled urethane and recycled plastic swivels. Leashes are a much more performance based product compared to a daybag. Just the fact that these are made using recycled content doesn’t make them equal to the competition, the performance needs to be up to par also, which it definitely is with their product.
If your leash breaks while you’re at a heavy spot or somewhere with a rocky shoreline you’ve got a lot more to worry about than just replacing your leash. You board will likely suffer some damage and you’ve got the swim in to contend with. The Wave Tribe leash cuff is super comfy and feels nice and secure with a good solid velcro connection. I haven’t used it yet in solid surf, but the construction looks pretty bombproof so I have faith it’ll hold up. I have a 7′ leash, as they didn’t have the 6′comp leash that I usually like to use. They just came out with the second generation of leashes which offers the 6′ comp as well as updated cuff branding so I’m stoked to try one of those out.
The thing that I really like about these products is the fact that there are now alternatives. All things being equal, I’d much prefer a product that uses recycled content versus one that doesn’t, as long as the performance is there, which for Wave Tribe products it seems to be.
If you are in the market for a new bag or leash, definitely check out Wave Tribe’s product.
I put the leash through it’s paces trying to contain 14 pounds of fury for a walk around the ‘hood'.
Green Surf International: Reviews Wave Tribe Surfboard Bags
Wave Tribe is a new company with a line of eco board bags and leashes. Their board bags are made of high quality organic hemp and cotton, and the padding used is made from recycled plastic bottles. They make a board sock as well as both a highly padded, multi-board travel bag and a padded lighter weight zippered day bag.
Their first? bag is a lightweight day bag with all the necessary features surfers want. There is extra padding in the nose and tail to help minimize the risk of those pesky dings that are so hard to permanently repair once they’ve started. The bag also has convenient slots inside to store your leash and fins, and an external zippered pouch for your wetsuit. The bag is very well constructed with heavy duty stitching and Delran no rust zippers. The outside of the bag is made with a natural hemp weave and there is plenty of padding derived from a recycled plastic product. There is also organic cotton used in the construction of various parts of the bag. They produce this bag in three sizes; 6’6”, 7’6” and 9’6”.
The Pioneer is their travel bag with a rated two board capacity, three if you pack well due to the extra wide cut of their design, and has a padded divider separating the boards. Like their other bags, there is extra padding where it counts as well as a Velcro internal pouch for your fins, wax, sunscreen, keys, lunch, etc…, an external zippered pocket for your suit and an external card window for easy identification. There travel bags have hemp and organic cotton blend fabric with a heavy natural looking weave on the exterior, as well as a reflective material on one side made of recycled materials. The only materials used in the construction of this bag are hemp, organic cotton and recycled plastics, aside from the new Delran zippers. They make this bag in two sizes, a 6’8” and a 7’6”.
We will be using one of their bags and leashes (see review) to complete our Greener Board Project and I will report back on the usability and durability of their products, although I’m sure I will be satisfied. My last bag, from a large company which shall remain nameless, only lasted a year before both external zippers failed and the materials began to break down. Just upon physical inspection I can confidently say that this is a superior product.
Their bags cost just a little more, but the use of sustainable materials, and a product with a longer life, more than make up for it. Next time you need a new bag I suggest you give Wave Tribe board bags a good look. They are currently setting up their distributorships and you should be able to pick one up at your local surf shop in the near future, and they are currently available online. Visit www.wavetribe.com for more information on their products which also include leashes made of recycled materials and their own line of branded organic hemp and cotton clothing.
Green Surf International: Eco Surfboard Socks
Wave Tribe also produces a line of board socks made of surplus fabrics they source. Consider it pre-consumer recycling. They are made of a heavy duty cotton weave fabric and sown in strips the length of the bags with heavily stitched inverted hems for a cool tattered effect. That, with the printed fabric, makes for a really cool looking and well constructed sock. What a great idea to used materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill or recycled into raw materials using both electricity and the use of chemicals.
The socks produced by Wave Tribe are of the highest quality in the industry. I could see no obvious faults in the design or construction of their sock and bags and have no problem giving them my full endorsement. Besides offering a cool line of products, Wave Tribe is run by a group of highly motivated and earth conscious surfers who place high demands on their products because they use them every day.