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About Wave Tribe

Wave Tribe Is You?

We are not going to hit you with all that eco 'be the change' BS—we are all trying to do our best in this crazy world. If you want to buy other mainly plastic surf gear from the big corporations then you should do it.

But here is the deal, know that there is an alternative, and it's a damn good one that we have spent ten years developing, designing, testing and perfecting our gear.

Wave Tribe is run by a few hard core surfers that spent much of their time in the water—thinking about how to make better products for you.

We make badass gear that lasts, our hemp boardbags protect your surfboards and are downright awesome—we are surfers first and foremost—nothing corporate here bro.

Derek, Founder of Wave Tribe, said in a recent interview: "I never worked in the surf industry, I never surfed the tour, I am anti-establishment, anti-corporate and the only thing I knew how to do when I started this company was surf—I wanted to build great surf gear for for people and I also wanted to consider how that gear impacts the planet."

Derek, when asked about why he started Wave Tribe said, "Wave Tribe's mission is to create a symbiotic relationship between sport and planet. In our journey we invite like-minded surfers to envision a wave that is clean, clear, plastic free and that mirrors a society of people who recognize the intrinsic beauty of nature and the significance of doing the right thing."

Right on D-dog!

Not sure if you know this, but nobody made eco surf products before Wave Tribe came along, and they keep pushing the limits on both ecology and quality. 

Every product they make is designed with the highest possible quality materials like YKK zippers and 3M glue. All of our products are manufactured with care for the planet by using quality eco materials like hemp, cork, bamboo and recycled plastics.

Wave Tribe Invents New Surf Gear 

Wave Tribe Research & Development Mexico 2016

Along the way we invented a bunch of cool eco products for the surf industry including three firsts ever. Derek's idea was to take the original plastic designs and make both materials and functional changes. After the first year in business, Wave Tribe hit a product trifecta:

People started to say "Wave Tribe gear is dope" and we even had a customer write to us and ask if they could smoke the hemp boardbags? We told them that we didn't think so but we asked them to try it and report back. We never heard from them again but word on the street as they now work at the Cheech and Chong factory in LA.

Anyway, back to the story.

We decided that we wanted to use hemp in other products so we started to made surf gear like roof racks, fin wallets, backpacks and a bunch of other fun stuff. It was fun, but in 2016 Derek said we were doing too much and that we needed to get back to our core products. Yep, that's what we are doing now.

Even ESPN ordered one of our bags and sent in a review and said: 

"The Pioneer Series Day Bag is the third generation bag made by Wave Tribe, and it is plenty strong for shlepping your sled. This is a strong bag any way you look at it. The handles and carry strap are all reinforced. That's good, because once your handles pop, a boardbag is about as useful as Sean Hannity at a climate convention. The zipper is made of serious recycled plastics—no more salty rust-jammed zippers. The bag itself has a dense 5 mm of padding. The bottom is also energy shielded to protect against sun and heat . . . Essentially, the production of this board bag is better for the land, the durability causes less waste, and its biodegradable nature is good for all of us."

In case you want to hear from thousands of awesome Wave Tribe customers then you can click here and read some of the stoke.

Surf Travel Blog - Deep Magazine - The Inertia

We wanted to find a way to give our customers something extra other than rad eco surf gear—so we started putting together free resources, travel guides, board shaping manuals and surf travel resources like our free Surf Travel Trip List application (download for your Iphone).

A few years back when things were still quiet in the surf eco scene, Derek started writing for a local surf mag in So Cal called Deep and after a few other started to pick up his stories: The Inertia, Ocean, Green Surf, etc. You can see some of the article here.

Every two weeks he put together free travel articles to help you plan your next trip and once a month in our eNews we do a deep dive into an international surf travel location. We know you love to travel like us and we want to share the stoke.

Our Airline Boardbag Fee Guide is the go to resource in the surf community for surfboard baggage fees and is a must read for anyone traveling with their surfboards.

Free Beer & Occasional Twerk

We are serious, if you come to Ojai we will buy you a beer—and a good one like Stone IPA. The local pub in town is called OBC and has 50 beers on tap—how cool is that? Derek reminds us that It hasn’t been easy, he almost gave up a few times and the only reason he says he is still here—and Wave Tribe is still here—is because people like you support our journey. 

What do you get with Wave Tribe?

Well, let's review.

  1. Rad eco surf gear;
  2. Awesome surf travel guides;
  3. Free beer!

Dude, Volcom and Quiksilver don't even offer you a freakin sticker these days.

Wave Tribe Free Beer

Even if you decide not to join the tribe please stay stoked and keep surfing and know that there is a cold one waiting for you in Ojai, California.

The founders of Manawasurf (pictured below) arrived in Ojai this year and tested Derek's beer offer. After he bought a few rounds, Thais snaked him in the water twice. He said about the incident after, "how could I be mad, they are so cute."

~ Derek & The Wave Tribe Crew

Derek Dodds Wave Tribe Founder

 P.S. Read the story of how Wave Tribe started

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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.