Sustainable Surf Style For Summer 2024: What To Wear On The Waves

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Right, that’s Glasto dispensed with. Wimbledon is chuntering away in the background, the dulcet tones of Sue Barker as reassuring a presence as ever. England are still stinking up the Euros, but hey, we’re into the quarters…

…Yep, UK summer is in full swing, but personally, we never feel like the season has truly begun until we’ve waxed our board and ridden our first wave.

This year, perhaps more than any other, there’s a different kind of wave sweeping through the surf community – a wave of sustainability. With the growing awareness of environmental issues, many surfers are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet whilst still enjoying this cherished sport. It’s all about the good vibrations.

With that in mind, here’s how you can embrace a sustainable surf style for summer 2024.

Eco-Friendly Wetsuits

Traditional wetsuits are often made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber that is not biodegradable and has a significant environmental footprint. Fortunately, several brands are now offering eco-friendly alternatives. Look for wetsuits made from natural rubber, such as Yulex, which is derived from the sap of rubber trees. These wetsuits not only reduce your carbon footprint but also offer excellent performance and durability.

Top Pick

  • Patagonia Yulex Wetsuits: Known for their commitment to sustainability, Patagonia’s Yulex wetsuits are a top choice for eco-conscious surfers.

Sustainable Surf Bikinis

For those who prefer bikinis while catching waves, there are plenty of sustainable options that combine style, comfort, and eco-friendliness. Sustainable surf bikinis are often made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles or discarded fishing nets, and are designed to stay put even in the roughest surf.

Top Pick

  • Noserider Surf Club: Pledging to revolutionise women’s surfwear by offering sustainably manufactured surf bikinis and suits tailored to every body type and surf condition, these guys are eco-friendly and on trend. 

Sustainable Surf Robes

In the ever-evolving landscape of beachwear, surf robes have emerged as the quintessential blend of functionality and fashion. These versatile garments, often crafted from plush, quick-drying materials, offer a seamless transition from surf to shore.

Celebrities and influencers alike have embraced this trend, elevating the surf robe from mere practicality to a statement piece. As sustainability becomes paramount, many brands are also championing eco-friendly fabrics, making surf robes not just a style choice, but a conscious one.

Top Pick

Cape Cove: We’re huge fans of Cape Cove’s changing robes. Their marble hooded dress has been voted one of the best changing robes of 2024. This female led business has a fully regenerative ethos that’s all about giving back more than it takes. Their cotton is certified by the Better Cotton Initiative and they support Surfers Against Sewage too.

Sustainable Surfboards

The core of any surfer’s gear is of course their surfboard. Traditional surfboards are often made from polyurethane foam and fibreglass, which are not environmentally friendly. However, there are now several options for sustainable surfboards made from recycled materials, organic resins, and even algae.

Top Picks

Eco-Conscious Accessories

Don’t forget about the accessories! From surfboard wax to sunscreen, there are plenty of ways to make your surf kit more sustainable.

Top Picks

  • Matunas Surf Wax: Made from organic ingredients, Matunas surf wax is biodegradable and non-toxic.
  • Raw Elements Sunscreen: This reef-safe sunscreen is made from natural ingredients and comes in plastic-free packaging.

Supporting Sustainable Brands

One of the best ways to promote sustainability in the surf industry is by supporting brands that prioritise the environment. Look for companies that are transparent about their manufacturing processes, use eco-friendly materials, and give back to environmental causes.

Top Pick

  • Picture Organic Clothing: Known for their commitment to sustainability, Picture Organic Clothing offers a range of eco-friendly surf gear.

Upcycled Surf Gear

Upcycling is another fantastic way to reduce waste and give new life to old materials. Several brands are now creating surf gear from upcycled materials, turning waste into high-performance products.

Top Picks

  • Suga Yoga Mats: Made from recycled wetsuits, Suga yoga mats are perfect for pre-surf stretches and post-surf cool-downs.
  • Greenwave Surfboards: This innovative company creates surfboards from upcycled materials, including discarded fishing nets and ocean plastics.

Community & Beach Clean-Ups

Sustainability isn’t just about the products you use; it’s also about the actions you take. Participating in community and beach clean-ups is a great way to give back to the environment and keep your local surf spots pristine.

Top Picks

  • Surfers Against Sewage: This UK-based charity organises regular beach clean-ups and campaigns for cleaner oceans.
  • The Ocean Cleanup: Join local efforts or support global initiatives aimed at removing plastic from our oceans.

The Bottom Line

Embracing a sustainable surf style for summer is not only good for the planet but also enhances your connection to the ocean. By choosing eco-friendly wetsuits, surfboards, surfwear, and accessories, you can enjoy the waves while minimising your environmental impact. So, gear up sustainably and ride the waves with a clear conscience this summer! Hey, don’t you feel lighter already?

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