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Volcom Pipe Pro - Sustainable By Design

Deep Blue Surfing Event

In 2013, we made a commitment to run all our major surfing events according to the Deep Blue Surf Event guidelines that were crafted by Sustainable Surf and ASP North America.

A Deep Blue Surfing Event™ is a more “Ocean Friendly” event that has been endorsed by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) as a clear path for reducing environmental impacts of a professional surfing contest, while also providing social benefits for the local community.

We’ll be addressing and measuring:

  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Community Support
  • Climate Change
  • Transportation

To get a look at what we did for last year’s event, check out:

Sustainable Surf’s mission: Be the catalyst that transforms surf culture and industry into a powerful community that protects the ocean playground. We believe that surfing can become the premier showcase of people and businesses working together to solve environmental problems while having fun.

Talk Story!

Be sure to join us Saturday, January 31st at Surfer [the bar] for a sustainability-focused Talk Story event led by none other than our very own Dave Wassel and Alex Gray. The event will feature a discussion with Sustainable Coastline Hawaii’s Executive Director, Kahi Pacarro, and Volcom’s VP of Sustainability, Derek Sabori and will include a screening – followed by a Q&A with the director – of Sustainable by Design: Volcom Pipe Pro 2014.

Event starts at 8pm. $10 cover AFTER 8:30.

Stay for the party afterwards as the Jimmy Week’s Project rocks it for our guests.

Sustainable Coastlines, Hawaii Partnership

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH) is a registered 501(c)(3) powering forward with the mission of “inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups.” They’ll be helping us this year, manage our event site’s waste and consumption, as well as ensuring that we leave the beach in as good (if not better) of a state as we found it!

Sustainable Coastlines helps us manage and measure our waste and recycling and is there to create active participation in beach clean ups and recycling education.

Come visit them on site, at Ehukai Beach Park to learn more about the great community work they’re doing in Hawaii. Get inspired, get involved.


The Volcom Pipe Pro is being powered by locally produced, and renewable biofuel thanks to Pacific Biodiesel, the first commercially viable biodiesel plant in the US.

Did you know the Volcom Pipe Pro last year was the first surf event on the North Shore to run on biofuel?

What the heck is it? What are the benefits? Learn all about it at the What is Biodiesel page at Pacific Biodiesel’s website.

Bokashi (Rapid Anaerobic Composting)

Thanks to our friends at Each One Teach One Farms, and at Waihuena Farms, we’re able to take food scraps and compostable materials from the event site, and layer them into the compost at a local farm.

Jim DiCarlo at E1T1 has been helping us for years and has introduced us to the Bokashi rapid composting method. You can replicate the method yourself at home with one of his Bokashi Buckets!

If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop the Waihuena Farms CSA store, or schedule a Farm Tour to learn more!

Carbon Neutral With Wildlife Works

As you can imagine, the emissions generated from this event stack up quickly. We account for the Volcom staff and athletes we fly over and house for the event. Additionally, we account for the Warriors and their accommodations, and more. Our friends, at Sustainable Surf then crunch the numbers for our end-of-event report and let us know what our CO2 footprint is. For the last 2 years, we’ve offset that entire amount through the purchase of carbon credits – investments in projects around the world that will counter those emissions created. Same as last year, we’ll offset the emissions from the Volcom Pipe Pro this year, with REDD+ credits purchased through Wildlife Works

Take a Ride

Want to reduce your emissions? – Carpool with friends to and from Turtle Bay Resort. The Guidepost Shuttle is exclusively available at the Turtle Bay Experience Center. $20 Round Trip.


Pick Up from Turtle Bay on event days:

  • 7:45am
  • 10am
  • 12noon
  • 1:30pm

Pick Up from Event Site:

  • 10:30am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2pm
  • 4pm

Giving Back x Community

For years, we’ve been happy to be able support multiple non-profit organizations in Hawaii. As the event runs, we’ll continue to highlight our partners with the hope that we bring additional awareness to the great work each of them are doing in their separate fields.

Learn about our community partners here:

 Volcom Pipe Pro 2013 – Sustainable By Design

The last 2 years have contained great sustainability stories here at the Volcom Pipe Pro, and thanks to Nathan Peracciny, our Sustainability Media partner, we’ve captured them all in our Sustainable By Design Film Series.

Nathan’s short films are a look at sustainability on the North Shore, our event and the partners it takes to run it and make it a Deep Blue Surfing event.

Sustainable by Design: Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 – Featuring Munatoyo Tanaka

Sustainable by Design: Volcom Pipe Pro 2013 – The Players, Chapter 1


Special Thanks to:

World Centric – Thanks for the donation from World Centric and for the opportunity to use their compostable wares in place of Styrofoam and conventional plastic while keeping the staff nourished!

Any waste generated during the event that can be composted and/or recycled will be – keeping as much out of the landfill as possible. Use their goods at your next event!

Pacific Biofuel – Thanks to Pacific Biofuel for continuing to handle our renewable fuel requests and expectations. Pacific Biofuel on Oahu.

Menehune Water Company – For years now, Menehune Water Company has kept our team hydrated with bulk water stations. MANY thanks Menehune for all the support! With a history of over 20 years of customer satisfaction, Menehune Water has evolved from being simply a local supplier in Honolulu to now serving Hawaii statewide, the U.S. Mainland and International markets. Menehune Water Co. is proud to be Hawaii’s largest bottled water company.

Nathan Peracciny – Thanks to Nate and his media company Peracciny Media for the great work on Volcom’s New Future storytelling here at the VPP!

Keep Up With the Latest Stories: – For daily updates, and stories and pics from the field, visit our New Future/Sustainability blog here, or follow the Facebook page here.

Some Pics from the field:

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