Boardsports industry commitment to sustainable development





As the cornerstone of the environmental policy created by EuroSIMA, Ecoride is a program dedicated to supporting and assisting companies that wish to limit their Environmental impact.


Develop collective projects

Environmental labeling, neoprene recycling, REACH regulations, Eco-Event guidelines for assistance with eco-friendly event organization, etc.
Around 60000 euros budget each year.

Facilitate information sharing

Environment Commission (26 members).
Working groups (ex: REACH regulations in 2011-2012).

Promote ecological commitment

Promote members and boardsports industry manufacturers ecological commitment.

Encourage ecological innovation

Yearly call for projects and Innovation Award (140000 euros grant since 2004).

Press release for immediate circulation: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 

The boardsports industry continues its commitment to sustainable development 

This past October, using the Ecoride assessment tool, the EuroSIMA Cluster (the federal body representing companies from the boardsports industry) carried out a survey to evaluate its members’ environmental initiatives and level of commitment to sustainability.

Ecoride is an index jointly created and developed by the EuroSIMA Cluster, the ADEME and InovEco. It allows users to evaluate and highlight environmental initiatives and actions of companies in the boardsports industry.

13 companies representing over 60 brands have volunteered to participate in the 2012 survey: Bic Sport, Bruno Delaye Production, Cool Shoe, Hoff Distribution, Holly Wood, InovEco, Notox, NSI h.o.5 group, Oxbow, Picture, Quiksilver Europe, Rip Curl Europe and Völkl. 

The evaluation process was ensured by a committee of independent experts from the following institutions: ADEME, Aquitaine Développement Innovation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bayonne Pays Basque, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Landes, the General Council of the Landes, the General Council of the Pyrénées Atlantiques, the Regional Council of Aquitaine, Green Room Voice, Inoveco, Surfrider Foundation Europe and the University of Bordeaux 2.

It was based on 15 reference points from 3 general areas of focus:


Environmental management at the company’s main location (reducing water and energy consumption, recycling waste, training employees…etc).


Eco designing products or services (using recycled materials, including possible repairs to increase product life, accounting for Carbon imprint when organizing events, etc.)


Level of environmental commitment (technical or financial support of environmental projects or initiatives).


The 2012 Results are presented below:

Environmental situation of boardsports companies in 2012. 

Each criterion includes 3 levels of performance. Level 1: evaluation; Level 2: implementation of solutions; Level 3: integration of sustainability in all aspects the company’s activities. 

Positive initiatives and exemplary behavior: 

The survey revealed that boardsports companies have widened their ranges of ecodesigned products.

Companies are clearly making efforts to maximize logistics chains and increasingly turn to road-rail transportation as a more a more viable option.

Boardsports companies have also increasingly come to ensure more traceability of suppliers, namely regarding risk management relative to chemicals used in their products.

Finally, the boardsports industry has proven its active support of environmental initiatives (protecting and saving coral reefs, reforesting areas in Africa, coastal and wave protection campaigns, etc.).

Areas to be improved: 

Sustainability and environmental policies are still too frequently viewed by company directors as regulatory obligations, rather than actual opportunities for business development.

Most boardsports companies do not yet use overall performance indicators such as the Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSR). These new approaches and indicators would allow companies to evaluate their economic performance as well as their social and environmental policies.

The EuroSIMA Cluster will carry out this survey on a yearly basis to track the progress (or setbacks) of boardsports companies in sustainable development and provide an accurate, up to date image of sustainability in our industry.

Here are a few examples of exemplary behavior identified in the survey:

Activities  Identified exemplary behavior  Website 
Bic Sport Design and manufacturing of sports equipment. Surfboards and SUP boards are manufactured in France in an environmentally sustainable factory.
Bruno Delaye Production Organizer of the International Surf Film Festival Selection of films, which encourage environmental awareness and ecofriendly travel. Significant efforts were made to reduce the festival’s environmental impact.
Cool Shoe Design, distribution of sports articles. Part of the 250 companies in France to partake in the experimental project of “ecolabelling” their products.
Hoff Distribution Design, distribution of sports equipment. New range of ecodesigned products: soy based waxes & wax removers made from recycled materials.
Holly Wood Design, manufacturing of wood furniture. New range of recycled furniture for offices and shops.
InovEco Sustainability consultancy firm Provide training on how to use sustainability to develop business opportunities to future boardsports professionals.
Notox Surf board manufacturer. New range of ecodesigned kite surf boards.
NSI h.o.5 group Multimedia and consultancy firm, Snow park designers. Use of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSR) indicators.
Oxbow Design, distribution of sports equipment. 30 % of marketed products are ecodesigned and include environmental 


Ecoshape Guide

Date : 11/01/10
Autor : ARACT / InovEco

Technical manual destined to improve working conditions for shapers and reduce environmental and health consequences of surfboard manufacturing.


Guide Ecoshape

Date : 05/31/10
Autor : ARACT (Agence Régionale d’Amélioration des Conditions de Travail) / InovEco

Guide technique destiné à améliorer les conditions de travail des shapers et réduire l’impact de la fabrication des planches de surf sur la santé et sur l’environnement.


Etude Ecoride Shape 2008

Date : 04/16/10
Autor : Association Clean Shaper

Analyse des étapes de fabrication des planches de surf dans les ateliers de shape sous l’angle santé, sécurité, environnement et tests d’équipements innovants.

2008 Ecoride Shape study:
Analysis of surfboards manufacturing process in terms of health, safety and environment, and innovative equipment testing.
Study only available in French.


Etude du recyclage des polybags

Date : 01/11/10
Autor : InovEco

Etude technico économique sur le recyclage des polybags (emballages plastique utilisés dans le conditionnement des produits textiles) pour la filière glisse.

Polybags recycling study:
Environmental and financial analysis on the establishment of a local recycling unit of polybags* for boardsports manufacturers.
*plastic packages used for protection and conditioning of apparel products.
Study only available in French.


Polybag eco conception study

Date : 10/22/09
Autor : BIO Intelligence Service

This Eco conception study allows the quantification of the environmental impact of the polybag* through its entire life cycle and the identification of the most environmentally friendly alternatives. *plastic packages used for protection and conditioning of apparel products.


Les tissus pré-imprégnés de résine

Date : 10/14/09
Autor : Association Clean Shaper

Procédé de stratification des planches de surf réduisant de près de 50% les pertes de résines et améliorant les caractéristiques techniques de la planche.

Pre-impregnated material:
This stratification process for surfboard manufacturing reduces by up to 50% resin loss and improves technical qualities of boards.
Study only available in French.


L’infusion sous vide dans la fabrication d’une planche de surf

Date : 10/14/09
Autor : Association Clean Shaper

Procédé de stratification pouvant être utilisé dans la fabrication des planches de surf, limitant les émissions de composés organiques volatiles (COV), réduisant la consommation de résine et de solvant et améliorant les caractéristiques techniques de la planche.

Vacuum infusion in surfboard manufacturing:
This stratification process can be used for surf board manufacturing, to limit volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions that traditionally result from using resins and solvents. This process also improves technical qualities of the board.
Study only available in French.


Les pains de mousse écologiques

Date : 10/14/09
Autor : Association Clean Shaper

Le pain de mousse polyuréthane a été utilisé dans la fabrication des planches de surf depuis les années 1950 dès l’avènement des matériaux composites dans l’industrie aéronautique. En effet, l’utilisation de polyuréthane avec de la résine polyester offre un compromis légèreté / souplesse / résistance à ce jour inégalé. Le marché évoluant rapidement sous la pression de la réglementation et de la demande des utilisateurs finaux (les surfeurs), une gamme plus écologique se développe actuellement. Il s’agit ici d’en dresser le panorama.

Environmentally friendly foams:
Polyurethane foams have been used to manufacture surf boards since the fifties, when the aeronautical industry glorified composite materials.
Indeed, using polyurethane associated to polyester resin offers the perfect mix of flexibility / resistance and light weight that has yet to be equalled. The market evolving ever so quickly with new regulations and higher demands from final users (surfers), a more ecological range is currently in development. The objective is to gather the full picture of this evolution and its products.
Study only available in French.


Etude d’éco-conception du polybag

Date : 10/14/09
Autor : BIO Intelligence Service

Etude d’éco-conception permettant de quantifier les impacts du polybag (emballage plastique utilisé dans le conditionnement des produits textiles) sur l’ensemble de son cycle de vie et d’identifier une solution plus écologique.