Sustainably-Harvested Surfboard

The eco surfboard has fully arrived: There are now boards made of bamboo, sustainably-harvested wood, cork, recycled materials, and even a board with a foam derived from soy beans. A small shop in Ocean Beach, Calif., Hess Surfboards is one example. The company builds boards like the Singer, a 5 foot, 11 inch model, with materials including recycled foam and reclaimed and sustainably-harvested wood.

The company uses an epoxy that emits less pollutants and does not require solvents to clean up. The result is a solid, hand-crafted ride with a lower environmental footprint. Hess Surfboards Singer costs $1,800.

—Stephen Regenold

This product is a part of a series of “Green Gear” highlighted on Gear Junkie and an accompanying article on ESPN this week. See all the featured products below.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.