Free Shipping On All Orders Over $50 - 805.874.2335 - Share The Stoke

Organic Wax & The Green Machining Of The Surf Industry

by Derek Dodds April 24, 2011

I use a lot of wax, I surf as much as I can and it seems like I am always 'de-waxing' this or that board in the battle to keep my sleds in tune.

Several brands have launched green formulas in the last 3 years, including 'us' at Wave Tribe.

We partnered with a USA company that was already making green wax and then we commissioned an artist to make up some beautiful wax packaging.

A percentage of each sale goes to help support the surf artist Olivier Longuest and a small wax company in the USA that makes our wax on wood stoves in New Jersey. 

This is my vision for all of Wave Tribe's products, I would like it to help support creativity and ecology at a more human level and make it the core of the surf industry.

Ok, so back to the wax story. The alternatives to classical or petrochemical waxes claim to be organic, natural, or green—mainly free from petrochemical ingredients.

A chemical screening of the most notorious green waxes was done by Rescoll, a French laboratory based in Bordeaux, France. The following brands were analyzed: MATUNAS, GREENFIX, TERRAWAX, RAMSON, FAMOUS GREEN LABEL, STICKY BUMP SOY WAX.

Half of the tested waxes were found to contain ingredients from petrochemical origin.

I am not going to list who they were but let's say they were some of the more popular brands. I am a bit skeptical of the research because it was funded by a french wax company, perhaps they were simply trying to reveal the 'truth' in the eco wax wars, but in a way it's like a pharmaceutical company funding research on erections for a new Viagra alternative.

I'd like to see us (the surf industry) work together towards better accountability, not just call each other out and put down a competitor's brand.

I look up to companies like FCS and Prolite with awe, I admire what they have built and I am impressed by their product ranges and quite often I get inspiration from these companies.

Many companies try to surf on the green stream and its promises of growth by offering new products with environmentally friendly features.

Unfortunately, these green claims are often based on a 'so-called environmental quality' that remains unverified. Nonetheless, I applaud any movement in the green direction. Let's just be careful not to trash each other.

When OAM came out with a cork traction pad (we invented ours over a year before they did) I felt disappointed that other companies were seemingly copying our ideas (they ordered two pads from us five months before they released their version).

But the more I thought about it the better I felt because I realized that Wave Tribe is not only making an impact on the industry but that other bigger companies are following our innovations—that is a damn good feeling.

We contacted OAM to congratulate them and to offer supported and to propose collaboration. Chris Hodgman from OAM wrote us a few days later and said in an email, "We will work on throwing something up on the site saying that Wave Tribe and OAM pushing for earth friendly products" but unfortunately that was the last we heard from them after several attempts to follow up.

I'd like to see more companies work together, but maybe that is my illusion, I'm not giving up on it damn it!

I'd like to think Wave Tribe has helped push the industry with its eco heart and integrity, with its innovation and stewardship.

Yea, we need to make some money too, but that isn't the impetus for what we are doing—but we do like new surfboards and surf trips.

 




Derek Dodds
Derek Dodds

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Eco

The Coming Bee-Pocalypse?
The Coming Bee-Pocalypse?

by Derek Dodds September 10, 2016

Our growing concerns about the Zika, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne viruses have led to the institution of mosquito control programs in many town and cities in the U.S. One effective means of eliminating adult mosquitoes is aerial spraying with an organophosphate pesticide called Naled. Unfortunately, there’s been collateral damage to many beneficial insects; the honeybee is one of them.

Continue Reading →

Sea Turtles Guardians of the Sea
Sea Turtles Guardians of the Sea

by Derek Dodds August 21, 2016

The image of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), or honu, can be found everywhere in surf style and communities. The green sea turtle is the only indigenous reptile to the Hawaiian Islands and is a revered symbol of the ocean interwoven with much of the islands’ folklore.

Continue Reading →

Does Buying More Gear Lead To Happiness?
Does Buying More Gear Lead To Happiness?

by Derek Dodds August 12, 2016

There are an estimated 23 million surfers worldwide and in 2010 they spent 6.2 billion dollars on gear. That's a lot of dough dude. Bhutan, a mainly Buddhist country in South Asia has an annual budget of 14 million  in comparison.

Continue Reading →

Wave Tribe Social Proof
Size Chart

Surfboard Leashes

You Break It We Replace It in First Year. 

Buy a leash closest to your board size—i.e. for 6'4 surfboard you need a 6' leash. 

All leashes are 7mm thick, competition leashes which are lighter/thinner 5.5 mm. 

Pioneer Day Boardbags - Fits One Surfboard

All boardbags have +2 inches. Thus a 6'6 board fit's perfectly in a 6'6 boardbag. All Pioneer bags have expandable fin gussets, so you can keep your fins on your board in the bag—or you can roll with glass-on fins.

Pioneer Sizes:

All bags have interior pockets (fins, leash and wax), bags fit industry standards. 

Our 8'6, 9'6 and 10' bags have fin slots and round noses. 

Pioneer bags also have an exterior pocket and zip all the way to the nose.

Travel Bags - Fits Two Surfboards

All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Surfboard Travel Bag Pockets Fin Wax Leash

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Travel Bags with Wheels - Fits Two Surfboards

New in 2016 is the double travel bag with wheels. Sometimes you want a smaller bag with wheels, now you can have it. All Global boardbags have +2 inches, so if you buy a 6'2 boardbag, the real length is 6'4—thus you have a bit of room to play. 

Global Travel Bag Sizes:

Travel boardbags are 6'-8' inches deep to accommodate two boards—though you can travel with one in these bags without a problem—there are two interior pockets for leash, wax, and fins.

Wave Tribe Wheelie Surfboard Travel Bags

Travel boardbags have two padded boards separators and two pockets for your gear. 

* Travel boardbags also have 13mm + 13mm of extra padding in the nose and tail.

Boardbag Material & Hardware - All Bags

Side A of the bag is made from a strong density Rugged Eco Hemp exterior which is one tough fiber and naturally built to last with high impact padding protection with Rebound Foam Dynamics including open-to-nose technology.

Side B is the reflective (rental-car-roof-side) made from Reflective Energy Shield for "Cooler Surfboard Safeguard" protecting your surfboard from the sun's harmful rays made from an alloy-steel mesh weave.

All Sides are guarded by our Japanese Never-Rust-or-Break Nickel Platted Zippers streamline zipper trails and our trademarked Easy Flow Zip System.