Wave Tribe Releases World’s First Eco Deck Pad

Wave Tribe is once again pushing the envelope of green surf innovation with the release this week of the World's First Eco Deck Pad.
July 16, 2009 - PRLog -- Wave Tribe is once again pushing the envelope of green surf innovation with the release this week of the World's First Eco Deck Pad. Most deck pads are made out of non-environmentally friendly EVA plastic (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate). Wave Tribe has been researching the development of a more sustainable surfboard traction pad for the last year. In Wave Tribe’s first attempt to create a new pad they used recycled material similar to their strong-like-bull recycled leashes. Wave Tribe discovered that the recycled EVA plastic didn’t contain the right strength and consistency necessary to produce a quality deck pad, unfortunately they could not simply use recycled material as was done in their recycled leashes---which are just as strong as conventional leashes---recycled EVA doesn’t maintain the strength like the rubber in leashes.

After attempting to use several other alternatives they became quite frustrated with the results, and one evening while drafting a new approach, Wave Tribe founder Derek Dodds cracked a bottle of red wine while reviewing the new list of possibilities that the factory had sent over. Derek looked at the cork after opening the bottle and it struck him as the perfect material to use and he was right on, the cork molds beautifully and is extremely resistant to sun and ocean exposure and the cork surface does what a surfer requires in a pad, providing stability and increased leverage. It was in this moment that the first eco deck pad was born, a deckpad made of organic materials with reduced plastic impact.

Cork Oaks live about 150 to 250 years. Virgin cork (or 'male' cork) is the first cork cut from a 25 year old tree. Another 9 to 12 years is required for the second harvest, and a tree can be harvested twelve times in its lifetime. Cork harvesting is done entirely without machinery and using cork in the production of the pads helps sustain cork farmers, reduces the use of EVA plastic, and provides a non-plastic alternative to surfers around the world. But most importantly, cork decomposes once disposed of, normal deck pads can take up to 500 years to decompose.

Wave Tribe is honored to offer this product to surfers worldwide and stoked to be on the leading edge of manufacturing sustainable surf gear. For more information see wavetribe.com.

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