2013 – New Future Updates From the North Shore

Posted in New Future on 02/03/13

Collecting EPS aka styrofoam at Tropical Rush, Haleiwa

Hopefully you’ve been tuned into the 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro – after 4 straight “lei” days, the contest was on in great Pipeline surf. In addition to the world class waves and surfing, we’re striving for an ‘A’ when it comes to sustainable surf event management. While you can learn about all the initiatives that are in place here, one of the exciting ones is our partnership with SustainableSurf.org and their Waste to Waves Program.

In fact, we just got news from the team there on the North Shore that the first Waste to Waves collection bin (collecting EPS aka ‘styrofoam’ to be recycled) at our North Shore HQ store, Tropical Rush is full and ready to be turned into surfboard blanks! Check out the story from them:

Waste to Waves Turns Styrofoam Into Surfboards

Wait a minute… didn’t you know that styrofoam is the same foam inside an EPS surfboard? Now, you can give your styrofoam packaging a new life as a surfboard with Waste to Waves. You can also help keep styrofoam out of landfills and oceans.

Tropical Rush, a surf shop in Haleiwa, is the first Hawaiian drop-off location for Waste to Waves, which collected over 40,000 lbs of styrofoam in California last year.

If you have waste styrofoam packaging material (aka. Polystyrene foam or EPS), bring it to Tropical Rush. It will then be taken for recycling by Surfrider Hawaii volunteers and dedicated North Shore shapers like Kevin Seid of Everpaddle. Only clean, white EPS packaging material can be recycled. No food containers or packing peanuts, please.

Mikala Jone’s board shaped from recycled EPS by Glenn Pang of T&C

There’s one more thing you should do. The next time you order a custom surfboard, tell your shaper you want it made from recycled EPS. Recycled EPS surfboard blanks are now available in Hawaii from Marko Foam and Pacific Allied Products. Pro surfers like Mikala Jones, Torrey Meister, and Dylan Goodale have surfboards made from recycled EPS, and they love how the boards surf.

Waste to Waves is a program by Sustainable Surf. You can learn more about it at: http://www.wastetowaves.org