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I am not going to hit you with some guilt trip about being green and buying our product—we all know that we should buy organic, use solar and drive a Pirus.

Life isn't about 'shoulds' and I am the last person that will lecture you about how to live your life, I am stilling figuring out how to live mine.

I don't drive a Pirus, I think they are ugly (no offense if you drive one)—but I do try and be aware of small changes I can make in my life to contribute to both a healthier lifestyle and planet.

Here is the fact, every surf product purchased at Wave Tribe reduces the amount of plastic on this planet.

That's a good thing, especially for our oceans that are fighting the plastic battle—just google trash island for more to the story.

So what are we doing different?

Well, it's a small shift that over time could—and will—have a big impact.

You see most surf companies use plastic to produce their products—we use ecological materials like hemp, cork and recycled plastic.

Yea, it's wasn't rocket science to figure that one out, in all honesty we were the first one's to think of it back in 2007—original eco gangster yo.

If you are bored, go grab a cold one and read how I came upon the idea for Wave Tribe on a surf trip to baja—and yes beer and waves influenced my business idea.

I am still drinking beer and taking surf trips to Baja, however now I am doing it with a smaller footprint and that's where you come in, because together we are removing plastic one liter at a time.

With your help we remove over 5,000 liters of plastic from the environment every year—and growing!

Of course the bigger the product the more the reduction—indeed every ounce we save is a step in the right direction.

We estimate that large boardbags reduce your plastic footprint by almost 2 liters and a leash saves about 3 ounces from entering our landfills—that's rad, yea?

So keep up the great work Wave Tribe and know that each purchase moves us closer to a cleaner and greener planet.

Oh, one more thing—please don't forget to check out out heal the oceans campaign and pick an organization from the list to help out.

As Bob Marley said, "The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”

Here is Bob recorded live in concert at Santa Barbara right down the road from Wave Tribe, turn it up and leave it on while you look around our site and let that first song wash over you.

All About Hemp

Why Hemp Boardbag?

We use hemp because it's a great alternative to plastic and it is a fabulous eco textile. Our boardbags have more padding than any boardbags in the industry, even ESPN loved them.
  • Hemp grows naturally without pesticides
  • Hemp is strong and durable
  • Hemp is biodegradable
  • Hemp reduces heat and remains cool
  • Hemp protects against the sun's harmful rays

1. Hemp is Biodegradable.

At the end of its life-cycle hemp would go back into the earth and decompose, it wouldn’t rot in some landfill for the next thousand years like plastic.

2. Hemp keeps your surfboard cooler.

Hemp is great because it lets your bag breathe—keeping your board cooler by letting in the air and providing a breathable environment for your surfboard. You ever try to breath with a plastic bag around your head? Your surfboard deserves to breath too!

3. Hemp protects against the sun's harmful rays.

Hemp keeps your surfboard safe from UV rays because they can't penetrate our hemp weaves. All Wave Tribe boardbags, except the Zen, are made with an alloy mesh on one side to allow for optimized heat control and protection.

Great Padding + YKK Zippers + Durable Breathable Hemp = Awesome Boardbag.

(Check out the video at the bottom if you don't want to read.)

I. Hemp Basics

Production of hemp originated in Central Asia thousands of years ago. Hemp has a long history of being used as a food grain, and as a source of fiber, such as clothing, rope and netting as well as for spiritual, medical, nutritional and industrial purposes.

Hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile crops in the world. For thousands of years hemp seeds, stalks and flowers have been used for nutritious, medical, spiritual and industrial purposes. The seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids (including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient, also found in mother's milk) and vitamin E.

The fibers from the stalks boast an unusually high tensile strength, leading to incredibly high-quality, durable and wearable clothing items. Hemp fiber is one of the softest and most durable fibers produced by any natural product and it perfect for surfboard bags and surf accessories.

Hemp was first cultivated by the Chinese in the 2nd century B.C. At that time, the fibers where used for paper and textile and the seeds for food and in medicines. The Chinese played a significant role improving the growth, harvesting and processing techniques of hemp. Besides its propagation in China, the cultivation and use of hemp has, since the beginnings of recorded history, also been documented by many other great civilizations, including: India, Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, Egypt, and other nations of the Near East; and the Aztec and Mayan civilizations of South America; as well as by native cultures in North America and Europe. Indeed, it might be said that over these thousands of years, hemp has always followed humankind throughout the world.

In the 15th century hemp was introduced in the American colonies. After that time much of the paper and clothing in colonial America was made from hemp, with the textiles being recycled into “rag paper”, known to this day as one of the strongest and most long-lasting papers in the world. During colonial hemp shortages it was a punishable offense for landowners (sometimes by death) for refusing to grow hemp.

Most of the seagoing nations would never have been as successful without the strong fibers with which to craft 90% of sails, plus ropes, rigging, and even the ‘oakum’ that sealed cracks in the boats watertight. In basic terms, if it was not made of wood on a ship, it was made of hemp. Hemp rope and sails were incredibly strong and resisted the salt water damage and mold that were among the common wear and tear experienced in the nautical industry.

Even flags, uniforms and fishing nets were fashioned from the fiber, and all these were above decks. Below, ships’ logs, maps, charts and bibles were printed on hemp paper as it was up to 100 times stronger than traditional papyrus preparations, and many of the lamps that lighted the dark evenings were dependent on hemp oil fuel. In fact, prior to 1883 between 75% and 90% of everything made of or printed on paper was from hemp, and before petrochemical companies most paints, oils, varnishes, and even glues and adhesives were manufactured from hemp.

Use hemp and not plastic.

Hemp is a wonderful alternative to plastic because of these following reasons:

• Hemp grows naturally without pesticides
• Hemp is mold resistant
• Hemp is strong and durable
• Hemp is biodegradable
• Hemp reduces heat and remains cool
• Hemp protects against the sun's harmful rays
• Hemp is straight up COOL

But most importantly, at the end of its life-cycle hemp would go back into the earth and decompose, it wouldn’t rot in some landfill for the next thousand years like plastic.

Hemp and Wave TribeII. Digging Deeper Into Hemp

Ok, those are the basics, let's dig a little deeper. Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC---that's cool!

The main uses of European hemp is in France for cigarette papers. In the ‘new’ hemp producing countries such as the UK, Germany and Netherlands, the main markets are insulation (about 40%) and bio-composites (40%). The main use of bio-composites are for the automotive industries. Other niche applications including the garden markets for non-woven mats. Most seed production happens in Canada. A new (European) decortication* machine located in Alberta is about to begin so they will be making fibers as well.

United States Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The federal government subsidized hemp during the Second World War and U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of hemp as part of that program.

Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber.

Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug.

The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are among the Earth's longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose. The cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive.

Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber.

According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of bio-fuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight, out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides.

Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.

Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp's low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products.

Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. Hemp paper can also be recycled more times than wood-based paper.

Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard. No additional resins are required due to naturally-occurring lignins.

Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, and lots of Wave Tribe surf gear.

Hemp Not TreesIII. Hemp Fun Facts

"Alice in Wonderland" was originally printed on hemp paper. It's author, Lewis Carroll, was a frequent marijuana smoker.

The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt were regularly painted on hemp canvases.

In 1935 116 million pounds (58,000 tons) of hemp seed was used to make paints and varnishes.

Until 1883, 75-90% of all paper in the U.S. was made with hemp.

Hemp seed was the # 1-selling bird feed; 4 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in 1937.

In the mid-to-late 1800's the 2nd & 3rd most commonly used medications were concentrated cannabis extracts and resins (a.k.a. hashish).

A bridge in the south of France dated at 500-700 A.D. was built with a mixture of hemp.

In 1941 Henry Ford built a car with a plastic made from hemp and wheat straw.

Until 1937 70-90% of all rope and twine was made with hemp.

Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations.

In 1850 the U.S. Census reported 8,327 hemp plantation of at least 2000 acres in size. Not counted were thousands of smaller crops.

The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp.

In 1942 the U.S. government strongly encouraged hemp cultivation to help with the war effort, going so far as to produce a film entitled "Hemp For Victory".

The version of the Declaration of Independence released on July 4, 1776 was written on hemp.

There are over 25,000 known uses for hemp.

The heating and compressing of hemp fibers can create building materials superior to wood in strength, quality and cost.

Hemp is heat, mildew, pest, light, and rot resistant.

Hemp fabric is softer, warmer, more water resistant and more durable than cotton. Hemp fabric also uses less chemicals to produce.

Industrial uses of hemp in China date as far back as 10,000 years.

Hemp can be blended with diesel fuel in any ratio or used alone.

Biodiesel fuel is the only alternative fuel that can be used as-is, in any un-modified diesel engine.

The increased use of biodiesel fuels would reduce dependence on foreign sources while increasing national agricultural jobs and revenues.

The flashpoint of petroleum fuel is 125 degrees Fahrenheit while the flashpoint of biodiesel fuels is 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Biodiesel fuels have been used successfully in Europe for over 20 years.

Hemp is cold hardy, able to withstand even NH winters.

Hemp is pest resistant ( except from the 2-legged kind)

Hemp is draught resistant

It is estimated that if 6% of the continental U.S. planted with hemp would provide for all national energy needs.

Hemp has a production rate of up to 10 tons per acre, every 4 months.

1 acre of usable hemp fiber is equal to the usable fiber of 4 acres of trees or 2 acres of cotton.

Trees mature in 50-100 years; hemp matures in as little as 100 days.

The University of Missouri estimates that an average-size metropolitan area production of 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel could generate $8.34million in personal income and 6000 temporary and permanent jobs. (Ref: National Biodiesel Board)

In 1776 a hemp shirt cost .50 cents to $1.00; a cotton shirt cost $100-$200

Biodiesel fuels emit 80% less carbon dioxide & nearly 100% less sulfur dioxide.

Hemp paper can be recycled up to seven (7) times; wood pulp paper can be recycled four (4) times.

Hemp fuels do not destroy the ozone layer or contribute to global warming.

Hemp fuels burn clean; they do not cause acid rain.

Hemp fuel is 10 times less toxic than salt, and as biodegradable as sugar.

Hemp oil is the highest source of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which, among other things, help control cholesterol, arterial blockage and the immune system.

Commonly-known medicinal uses of hemp include: nausea & vomiting; multiple sclerosis/muscle spasm disorders; spinal cord injuries; Chron's disease; Alzheimer's disease; Tourette's syndrome; digestive disorders; glaucoma; asthma; neurodegenerative disorders;

At one time American companies Eli Lily, Squibb and Park Davis produced cannabis extract medicines.

In 1619 Jamestown Colony, Virginia enacted laws ordering farmers to grow hemp. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, Connecticut in 1632 and the Chesapeake Colonies in the mid-1700's.

In England, foreigners were awarded with citizenship if they grew cannabis; those who refused were fined.

From 1631 until the early 1800's, hemp was used as legal money, with which one could buy goods and pay bills.

Hawaii is the first state sine the 1950's to legally plant a hemp crop.

Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

When US sources of "Manila hemp" (not true hemp) was cut off by the Japanese in WWII, the US Army and US Department of Agriculture promoted the "Hemp for Victory" campaign to grow hemp in the US.

Because of its importance for sails (the word "canvass" is rooted in "cannabis") and rope for ships, hemp was a required crop in the American colonies.

Henry Ford experimented with hemp to build car bodies. He wanted to build and fuel cars from farm products.

BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable.

Much of the bird seed sold in the US has hemp seed (it's sterilized before importation), the hulls of which contain about 25% protein.

Hemp oil once greased machines. Most paints, resins, shellacs, and varnishes used to be made out of linseed (from flax) and hemp oils.

Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil.

Kimberly Clark (on the Fortune 500) has a mill in France which produces hemp paper preferred for bibles because it lasts a very long time and doesn't yellow.

Construction products such as medium density fiber board, oriented strand board, and even beams, studs and posts could be made out of hemp. Because of hemp's long fibers, the products will be stronger and/or lighter than those made from wood.

The products that can be made from hemp number over 25,000.

Industrial hemp and marijuana are both classified by taxonomists as Cannabis sativa, a species with hundreds of varieties. C. sativa is a member of the mulberry family. Industrial hemp is bred to maximize fiber, seed and/or oil, while marijuana varieties seek to maximize THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).

While industrial hemp and marijuana may look somewhat alike to an untrained eye, an easily trained eye can easily distinguish the difference.

Industrial hemp has a THC content of between 0.05 and 1%. Marijuana has a THC content of 3% to 20%. To receive a standard psychoactive dose would require a person to power-smoke 10-12 hemp cigarettes over an extremely short period of time. The large volume and high temperature of vapor, gas and smoke would be almost impossible for a person to withstand.

If hemp does pollinate any nearby marijuana, genetically, the result will always be lower-THC marijuana, not higher-THC hemp. If hemp is grown outdoors, marijuana will not be grown close by to avoid producing lower-grade marijuana.

Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more mildew-resistant than cotton.

Fabrics made of at least one-half hemp block the sun's UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.

Many of the varieties of hemp that were grown in North America have been lost. Seed banks weren't maintained. New genetic breeding will be necessary using both foreign and domestic "ditchweed," strains of hemp that went feral after cultivation ended. Various state national guard units often spend their weekends trying to eradicate this hemp, in the mistaken belief they are helping stop drug use.

A 1938 Popular Mechanics described hemp as a "New Billion Dollar Crop." That's back when a billion was real money.

Hemp can be made in to a variety of fabrics, including linen quality.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C. sativa varieties as "marijuana." While it is theoretically possible to get permission from the government to grow hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it cost-prohibitive.

The US State Department must certify each year that a foreign nation is cooperating in the war on drugs. The European Union subsidizes its farmers to grow industrial hemp. Those nations are not on this list, because the State Department can tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.

Hemp was grown commercially (with increasing governmental interference) in the United States until the 1950s. It was doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed an extremely high tax on marijuana and made it effectively impossible to grow industrial hemp. While Congress expressly expected the continued production of industrial hemp, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics lumped industrial hemp with marijuana, as it's successor the US Drug Enforcement Administration, does to this day.

Over 30 industrialized democracies do distinguish hemp from marijuana. International treaties regarding marijuana make an exception for industrial hemp.

Canada now again allows the growing of hemp.

Hemp growers can not hide marijuana plants in their fields. Marijuana is grown widely spaced to maximize leaves. Hemp is grown in tightly-spaced rows to maximize stalk and is usually harvested before it goes to seed.

Hemp can be made into fine quality paper. The long fibers in hemp allow such paper to be recycled several times more than wood-based paper.

Because of its low lignin content, hemp can be pulped using less chemicals than with wood. Its natural brightness can obviate the need to use chlorine bleach, which means no extremely toxic dioxin being dumped into streams. A kinder and gentler chemistry using hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine dixoide is possible with hemp fibers.

Hemp grows well in a variety of climates and soil types. It is naturally resistant to most pests, precluding the need for pesticides. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds, so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.

Hemp can displace cotton which is usually grown with massive amounts of chemicals harmful to people and the environment. 50% of all the world's pesticides are sprayed on cotton.

Hemp can displace wood fiber and save forests for watershed, wildlife habitat, recreation and oxygen production, carbon sequestration (reduces global warming), and other values.

Hemp can yield 3-8 dry tons of fiber per acre. This is four times what an average forest can yield.

If one tried to ingest enough industrial hemp to get 'a buzz', it would be the equivalent of taking 2-3 doses of a high-fiber laxative.

At a volume level of 81, hemp oil is the richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids (the "good" fats). It's quite high in some essential amino acids, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother's milk.

While the original "gruel" was made of hemp seed meal, hemp oil and seed can be made into tasty and nutritional products.

Hemp CultivationIV. Hemp Historical Timeline

8000BC - Civilization, agriculture and hemp textile industries begin in Europe and Asia.

- Cannabis called a "superior" herb in the world's first medical text, Shen Nung's Pen Ts'ao, in China.

1500BC - Cannabis-using Scythians sweep through Europe and Asia, settle down everywhere, and invent the scythe.

500BC - Gautama Buddah survives by eating hempseed.

450BC - Herodotus records Scythians and Thracians as consuming cannabis and making fine linens of hemp.

300BC - Carthage and Rome struggle for political and commercial power over hemp and spice trade routes in Mediterranean.

100BC - Paper made from hemp and mulberry is invented in China.

100AD - Roman surgeon Dioscorides names the plant cannabis sativa and describes various medicinal uses. Pliny tells of industrial uses and writes a manual on farming hemp.

500AD - First botanical drawing of hemp in Constantinopolitanus

600AD - Germans, Franks, Vikings, etc. all use hemp fibre.

1000AD - The English word 'hempe' first listed in a dictionary.

1150AD - Moslems use hemp to start Europe's first paper mill. Most paper is made from hemp for the next 700 years.

1492AD - Hempen sails, caulking and rigging ignite age of discovery and help Columbus and his ships reach America.

1545 - Hemp agriculture crosses the continent overland to Chile.

1564 - King Phillip of Spain orders hemp grown throughout his empire, from modern-day Argentina to Oregon.
16th-17th Century Dutch achieve Golden Age through hemp commerce. Explorers find 'wilde hempe' in North America.

1619 - Virginia colony makes hemp cultivation mandatory, followed by most other colonies. Europe pays hemp bounties.

1631 - Hemp used as money throughout American colonies.

1776 - American 'Declaration of Independence' drafted on hemp paper.

1791 - President Washington sets duties on hemp to encourage domestic industry; Jefferson calls hemp "a necessity", and urges farmers to grow hemp instead of tobacco.

1801 - Certain premiums offered to encourage the cultivation of hemp in Upper and Lower Canada.

- Australia survives two prolonged famines by eating virtually nothing but hemp seed for protein and hemp leaves for roughage.

1850's - Petrochemical age begins. Toxic sulfite and chlorine processes make paper from trees, steamships replace sails, tropical fibres introduced.

1930's - New machines invented to break hemp, process the fibre, and convert pulp or hurds into paper, plastics, etc. - Racist fears of Mexicans, Asians, and African Americans leads to outcry for cannabis to be outlawed.

1935 - Compressed agricultural fibreboard invented in Sweden.

1937 - Marijuana Tax Act forbids hemp farming in the US. -Dupont files patent for nylon.

1938 - Canada prohibits production of hemp under Opium And Narcotics Control Act.

1941 - Henry Ford makes car fabricated and fueled by hemp.

- Hemp For Victory program urges farmers to grow hemp.

1955 - Hemp farming again banned.

1961 - The Canadian Narcotics Control Act(CNCA) allowed Cannabis to be grown, at the discretion ofthe Health Minister, for research purposes only.

1992 - Australia licences hemp farming.

1993 - England eases restriction on hemp farming. News media declare hemp clothes and cannabis leaf logo hottest new fashion.

1994 - Under the CNCA, one license was granted to a Canadian company, Hempline Inc., to grow hemp experimentally in Canada under the strict supervision of the authorities.

1996 - The Canadian federal government passed Bill C8 stating that mature hemp stalks are exemptfrom the list of controlled substances.

1998 - The Canadian government legalizes the commercial growth of industrial hemp.

2008 - Wave Tribe launches hemp surf products.

V. Resources & More Information
VI. Scientific Paper on Hemp

Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America by Ernest Small and David Marcus

Download PDF IN Wave Tribe Guide Section

VII. Hemp - The Environmentally Sustainable Alternative

Make Your Own Organic Surfboard Wax
Wave Tribe DIY Organic Wax

Here are the ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Coconut oil
  • Tree resin (cool water wax only)

For Sticky Warm Water Surf Wax:

You need only two ingredients — beeswax and coconut oil.

With this recipe you don't have to worry about the scent as it will smell really nice already thanks to the coconut oil.

All you do is mix 2,250 grams of beeswax with 750 ml of coconut oil.

First melt the wax, then warm the oil and stir into the wax.

Stir well, stir some more, and then continue stirring.

Pour into paper cups and let it set.

There is a temptation to use other vegetable oils, don't bother, coconut is the one.

Strip your board of the petroleum wax.

Rub on new wax.

Go surf.

Packing for Portugal
Wave Tribe eNews 3-2010

Packing for Portugal

I have been trying to get this newsletter out for weeks, so here it is on the morning of my departure south. Today I'll be getting on a plane headed to Faro, Portugal, where a solid swell is awaiting (good travel karma me have) but of course I wanted to update the tribe on what has been happening lately, because, you know, that's how we roll.

I have been in Europe for a few weeks now, visiting our European partners and scoring a some waves along the way. In the UK Stu at Balance Distribution got his boatload of Wave Tribe goodies delivered, so if you are in the UK hood you should definitely give him a shout. He is a real cool cat, we had a great turkish lunch together and talked the biz. He just hatched his first ripper too, so big congrats to him for holding the eco vision in the UK and for also starting a family rooted in right livelihood (email Stu here for more info@balance-distribution.co.uk)

A few months back Paul tells me I got to talk to this guy in Cornwall at Tiger Glass Surfboards, he says that he is making these insane boards and he knows I would love them. Yea, I put it on my list of one hundred people that I want to call but never have the time. Months go by and I find myself in Europe meeting with our partners here and Paul reminds me again about Mark Roberts, eco-shaper-warrior-wood-working-wizard.

Mark was on the other side of the country, we exchange emails and decide to meet half way, four hours later we are shaking hands, exchanging stories, and telling each other about our eco dreams. He hands me an 6'8" egg that he spent 60 hours shaping and i can't take my eyes off the thing it's so damn beautiful---I can't wait to get it on the water. Thanks to Mark for creating such a beautiful board, we got video of him talking about his craft and we'll share it as soon as we can edit the footage and nadia in francepost it.

Wave Tribe will be distributing his boards to a few lucky customers in the USA later this year and we are also talking about sponsoring an eco board making workshop, staring Mark in Costa Rica this winter. How does that sound, score some scrumptious waves, shape a beautiful board, and hang out with the Tribe? Yea baba!

Ok next we moved down to France to the area of Biarritz where I scored some great surf and meet some fantastic people. I was super stoked to meet Nadia who has opened a store right in the heart of it all. Nadia worked for Volcom for a few years and then had the dream to entrepreneurial with an eco vision and she opened the echo concept store.

It was really cool to walk down the street in Biarritz and gander at all the Wave Tribe artifacts having in the window of her shop. It's people like Nadia that keep me stoked in this world and I feel so honored to be part of her journey. Oh yea, she is going to distribute Wave Tribe in the Netherlands too, how cool is that?

I jetted across the boarder to Spain and spent a few days with the Kun_tiqi Surfboards founder Stefan. The swell was jacking and he drove me to 'the spot' where I got to see some of Spain's elite charging 12+ sets in front of this rock reef that would slice you up if you made a wrong move. It was all shifty and sickly, I looked down at my new parabolic fish and thought better of it---wisdom or fear, still not sure. But away, we had a great time and I did get some real fun waves at a more friendly locale.

Stefan is making balsa boards using all eco material, he is bringing the shapes over from Ecuador and finishing them 'how you like the' at his shop/workshop in Somo. So here is the plan, we are going to do an eco-education tour in his bad-ass Mercedes bus next summer and do a few workshops along the way---yea, that's 2012. So as you all prepare for the end of the Wave Tribe and Kun_tiqiworld we'll be doing the real work of planting the seeds for a new future. Maybe that's what those Mayans were predicting, not that something horrible was going to happen, but that something wonderful was going to be birthed, a new vision for our world. Think about it, it might be true!

I am testing all the new Wave Tribe Travel Gear on this trip, the eco trotter travel suitcase is really versatile and I can stuff tons of clothing and surf gear inside. What I also like about it is that when you get to your destination it folds up nice and small in your room, not like traditional suitcases that horde space.

The wheels and rear molding are withstanding those European handlers too, throwing that thing around like a football. I do think on the next generation we'll make the top handle more sturdy, the current is holding up fine but I am always looking for way to improve our gear.

I have also been using the travel wallet (thanks to Livity for giving me the idea on this product), ipad case, and messenger bag daily on my trip, which I absolutely love. I created these products because they each serve a valuable function while traveling and, of course, they are made from high quality hemp. I keep all my valuables in the wallet, passport, phone, cash, ipod, camera, earphones---it is so nice to have everything in this portable wallet, small enough not to be burdened by a larger bag. There are times when I want to carry a bit more, and in those moments I throw the travel wallet into the messenger bag along with the ipad case and I pretty much got everything I ned for the day. I can fit a hat, scarf, water bottle, ipad, book, and travel wallet into the messenger bag and it all fits nicely with room to spare. The hemp construction is super sturdy and the YKK zippers are straight up awesome.

Well, I think that's it for now. I got a few hours before my flight and I need to get this thing out to you before I depart. Oh, two more quick recommendations. I just finished Poke The Box by Seth Godin, which really is a great read and offers some wonderful insight into living a more creative life. My other suggestion is to watch the third Zeitgeist movie, which offers an education on our monetary system and also holds a vision for a different kind of future.

Ok, that's all for now. Thank you for reading this email, I really appreciate your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Derek D., Wave Tribe Founder

wave tribe animationPS. If you are in Portugal and want to surf, send me an email!

PPS. I almost forgot, I made my first animation about Wave Tribe. What do you think?

PPPS. Thanks to Joan and Johanna for taking me into your home and lives, I love you guys!

Recycling Vs. Upcycling
Recycling Vs Upcycling

Upcycle Boardbags by Wave TribeOk, we all know what recycling is, right?

To review, recycling is processing used materials into new products.

However, most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a waste product and that process can be gnarly.

Meet the more evolved cousin of recycling; upcycling.

Upcycling is the process of re-purposing waste materials into new and creative products.

In most instances, the original waste material is reformed or melded to construct a product that is an innovative expression of the upcyclist’s imagination—some call it art.

Where do you buy the billboards?

There's a company that installs them and takes them down from the structures.

There is another company that goes around and buys them from those companies.

Primarily old billboards are used as tarps on farmland.

When you're driving through farm country and you see grain and other crops of with tarps over them—nine times out of ten it's a billboard that's inside out.

PVC can't be broken down. You can't recycle PVC. You can throw it away or you can re-purpose it, those are your two options.

Billboards will sit in a landfill for maybe a million years.

It seemed like the perfect choice—lucky for us, it makes a really good bag too.

Why did Wave Tribe decide to manufacture boardbags in California?

Most of all it's the transportation footprint that keeps me up at night.

It's 10,069 kilometers from Asia to California. That's a long way from point A to point B.

I don't like the fact that the ocean is being used either, the ocean was made for surfing, not for transporting.

I first thought about manufacturing our eco surf products in California when the 'buy local campaign' started to gain momentum in organic food circles.

There is no reason we shouldn't attempt to apply the same 'buy local' vision for all of our surf consumables—this is what has made the Etsy movement so appealing—real people making real products right in our backyard.

We are just starting to explore these options at Wave Tribe—but more than explore we are acting.

Wave Tribe is proud to report that we are now producing several of our bag styles in California and it sure feels great to support local businesses and substantially decrease our transportation footprint by more than 10,000 kilometers.

But what feels even better is to know that our bags are being made in partnership with fellow surfers, people who share a similar vision and stoke for life.
Surf Trip Ideas

Surf LinesFall Surf Trip Ideas

For most surfers, nothing beats surfing in the fall. It’s the only time of year when surfers could enjoy crisp mornings, offshore winds, cooler water, and a mix of swells. Plus, there are fewer tourists, which lets you enjoy the waves more!

There are lots of good places to surf this fall and in case you are looking to jump start you surf trip idea brainstorm we put together this quick list of options.

Here are some of the top and the best surf trips you should definitely consider this fall.


Fall is indeed the best time for surfers to visit the Golden State. Aside from the magnificent warm weather and water, you can enjoy endless morning offshores, evening glass-offs, and swells from every angle! And since kids are back to school and summer is over, most beaches in the state are less crowded giving you more space to enjoy the waves.

This is surely the perfect time to go surfing as waves are continuously forming, beachbreaks are still peaky and points are still holding. Everything you missed to enjoy in the summer, you can definitely indulge all by yourself this fall – well, with several other surfers who have the same plan in mind.

Some of the best beaches you could go to in California this fall include Malibu, the Zuma Beach, Leo Carillo, and Topanga. These all promise amazing waves throughout the fall season, which you can enjoy without the usual crowds during summer.

Southwest France

Fall is definitely the best time to surf in Southwest France. Most of the tourists have already left, leaving you alone with the lines of swells and beachbreaks. It is most advisable for surfers to visit in September, when weather patterns are shifting resulting to low-pressure systems in the North Atlantic, which creates continuous swells in France’s beaches and shores.

If you’re looking for the perfect waves, Southwest France will never fail you. You can enjoy green beachbreak barrels, solid rock shelf peaks, and the best rivermouth! And if you’re too tired to surf, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy France’s fine wine, and the gorgeous women lounging around the beach.

Our bros at Wave Tribe put together a complete surf guide on Southern France, you can download it for free here.

Northern Spain

If you want to visit Spain, do that during fall and you’ll be rewarded with endless swells and waves including one of the best waves on the planet that you can catch at the Mundaka beach. Plus, the weather is perfectly warm during the fall season, helping you enjoy your surfing more.

While there are an endless number of tourists milling in Spain’s beaches, you can still have the waves all for yourself early in the week as there are few people during these days. Aside from the Mundaka beach, there are other beaches that you could visit in Spain in the fall – Playa de los Caballos, Isla de Santa Marina, Menakoz, Bakio, Roca Puta, and Playa de la Zurriola.

Surf Scotland Scotland

When speaking about surfing and waves, it’s impossible not to mention Scotland. It’s only of the most stunning surf destinations on the planet and is always among the top surf spots everywhere.

The best months to visit the country for surfing are September, October, and November when there is warmer water temperatures and mellow weather. When winds are stable, you can be assured that continuous and undisturbed swells.

When considering going in Spain, consider the beaches of Europie, Sandwood Bay, Torrisdale, Melvich, Sandside Bay, Brims Ness, Pease Bay, Thurso East, and Gills Bay.


Portugal is perfectly situated so it can pick up everything that the Atlantic Ocean sends its way. So, if you want super consistent waves and swells all year round, you should definitely check out Portugal.

If you loved 4-6 foot waves in the country in summer, you will surely enjoy even bigger waves in fall and spring, ranging up to 8 feet high. Weather during the fall season in Portugal is generally stable with the North Atlantic low pressure cells sending lines of groundswells throughout the day.

Baja California

If you can’t find a nice enough less crowded place in California to surf, you can opt to continue to Baja California. It is part of the northwestern state of Mexico and is just south of the border of California.

Baja California is a popular tourist spot especially in summer when it could get very crowded. So if you want to enjoy waves all to yourself, visit the place during fall when tourists are starting to go home, the lingering summer gloom has lifted, and winds start blowing offshore.

You’ll enjoy south swells along with north swells, which are just starting up. Some of the hottest surf spots in Baja California that you might want to consider include Baja Malibu, San Miguel, and Isla Natividad.

Canada Even though Canada is most famous for its cold climate, there are still some places for a good surf in the country. Basically, most surfers seek out Canada’s lakes and rivers. Plus, there are sections of the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean that could be accessed in Canada for the best surfing opportunities.

Some of the best places for surfing in Canada include Toronto, Lawrencetown Beach, Ingonish Beach, Kincardine, and Lake Superior. During fall, one of the best places to surf in the country is Nootka Island. However, its aggressive waves are not recommended for beginners.


Fall months in Ireland are from September to November. This are the perfect months when the North Atlantic starts sending low pressure systems to the country’s beaches.

The best part of surfing in Ireland during these months is the warm weather and fewer tourists, making accommodation plentiful and cheaper. During your stay, expect at least one solid double overhead swell. Ireland’s beaches have never failed.


There are lots of surfing spots in Taiwan these include Daxi, Honeymoon Bay, Fulong Beach, South Bay, Shanyuan Resort Beach, and Jia le Shuei. Every part of Taiwan, there is continuous swells and breaks especially in the North coast where there are amazing rips to challenge every surfer. Taiwan’s fine surfing condition is a result of the monsoon weather and a consistent ocean swell.


Despite its relatively smaller size than other countries, Japan still boasts of admirable surfable points that sometimes produce world class waves. Among the many surfing spots in the country are primary found in Chiba, Shonan, and Shizuoka. If you’re looking for Indo class waves with reef break options, Japan is definitely where you should be.
Who Invented The First Cork Deckpad?

Did you know that Wave Tribe Invented the Cork Deckpad?

Well, now you do!

Cork TreeYou can read more about that here or stay on this page for some cork stoke!

Cork comes from a LIVE tree.

No dudes and dudettes, they don’t kill the tree to extract the cork.

Zen eco surf master lesson number one.

The material has been used for thousands of years, but what has made it famous is its application in wine bottles.

Viva la cork!

The cork is cut off the tree, cleaned, boiled and baked.

No chemicals are used and the end result is a biodegradable product.


Cork is a renewable resource and its harvesting is a truly sustainable example of agroforestry (this kind of agro is okay).

Agroforestry combines agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, healthy and sustainable land systems.

Producing plastic on the other hand—well, you can imagine, extracting plastic from oil is a dirty process.

Why does cork make a great pad?

It’s light and soft, no hard ridges on your pad to cut your knees.

Cork does not absorb water, it repels it—that means your surfboard tail remains light and agile for those sick turns.

Cork is a natural fire retardant, so your board won’t catch fire because you rip so hard!

So, we have come to the part of the email where, if you want, you can get a new cork deck pad.

Do it!

Cork traction pads are rad.

Now you know why, so try one today!
Why Charcoal?
  Why Charcoal?

Charcoal is carbon.
Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. These so-called active, or activated, charcoals are widely used to adsorb odorous or coloured substances from gases or liquids.

The word adsorb is important here. When a material adsorbs something, it attaches to it by chemical attraction. The huge surface area of activated charcoal gives it countless bonding sites. When certain chemicals pass next to the carbon surface, they attach to the surface and are trapped.

Why Polypropylene?


Before polypropylene was invented, the gaseous waste from oil such as propylene and ethylene were simply burned, because they were useless. Today, these gases are used to produce polypropylene, thus drastically reducing atmospheric pollution. The production process also eliminates the potential polluting of rivers, streams and lakes, due to the use of water in a closed cooling cycle.


The polypropylene used is entirely recyclable and meets the manufacturing requirements of the Environment Commission - these stipulate that there is a minimum use of natural resource, reduced emissions a long working life and optimum re-use.

There is a high demand for polypropylene for recycling purposes as it can be recycled more than 50 times without any reduction in strength. Recycled polypropylene has uses as car parts, furniture, pots and pallets separators.


As well as being the most durable and flexible material for making binders, folders and packaging, polypropylene is far more environmentally and economically sound than rival products such as standard plastics and PVC.

Polypropylene, unlike PVC, does not give off chlorine when burnt. It gives off only water vapour and carbon dioxide, which is converted by photosynthesis (chlorophyll). It is a chemically inert product. To incinerate some materials, extra fuel needs to be added. Polypropylene however, is destroyed simply by burning, because its calorific capacity is similar to that of oil. Thus incinerators economise on fuel and operate more efficiently.


Polypropylene products last much longer than those made from most similar materials. It is easy to wipe clean, hard wearing and will withstand extreme temperatures and ageing. Being more durable than alternative materials, products made from polypropylene don't need to be replaced as often. When used for packaging, boxes and cases often have a second 'life'. Saving cost, resources, our environment and our future.

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