WORDS BY DEREK DODDS
I’ve made a list of five ways that we can all be more ecologically-conscious surfers in 2017. This is also my personal New Year manifesto.
You would think that that the following suggestions would come naturally to lovers of the sea, but it seems that we surfers need a kick in the boardshorts now and again to help remind us of our duties as stewards of the ocean.
1) Do a Mini Beach Clean-up of Your Home Break
After every surf session, grab some trash and put it in your home garbage can or find a receptacle near the beach. This is your home away from home, so take a little time and help keep it tidy.
2) Share A Ride To The Beach
I know, we are all busy and your wife has requested a Trader Joe’s run after your surf session. You can come up with a hundred other excuses why you need to go solo, but try to make a rideshare work.
3) Buy Eco Surf Gear
You all know I had to throw this one in, considering I do own an eco-surf company. However, though this is a tiny plug for Wave Tribe products, I’d like to encourage you to buy from any company that is producing more eco-friendly surf gear.
From surfboards to board bags, there is a nice selection of eco-goodies these days. Don’t forget those surf T-shirts either—cotton is a gnarly crop and buying organic clothing is a wonderful step in the right direction.
4) Use Less Wax + Buy a Wax Comb
This recommendation is a combo judo move: First you should consider purchasing a non petroleum wax. Most of the wax companies have an eco option these days. Consider combing your wax on a regular basis. You’ll find that using a wax comb on your old wax will create a nice surface that doesn’t require further wax application. Using less is always a great way to help the environment.
5) Be Kind & Share Your Waves
I know, you’re thinking, what does that have to do with ecology? I have a theory that the happier and kinder we are to each other the more considerate we will be to the planet. It doesn’t make sense that we can be jerks in the water and then think positively about our oceans. Ecology starts with yourself and your “inner ecology,” the way we move through this world— understanding that ride is the most important wave in our life.