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By Moss Research Surfboards
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In 2009 Moss Research made a commitment to finding a better way to build surfboards. After 15 years of making conventional toxic, non-recyclable, virgin petrol-chemical derived boards, master shaper Jake Moss was sick of feeling sick from the craft he’s so passionate about. The pursuit of a better alternative lead him to test an array of new recycled and plant based materials. This painstaking process resulted in development of the Eco-Flex® surfboard. Upon product release in 2011, Eco-Flex® was the first board on the market to receive a Gold Endorsement of Sustainability from Berkley MS graduate and author of “Surfboard Cradle to Grave”, Tobias Schultz.

Boards-Eye View. Cyrus Sutton getting proper tubes on an early Eco-Flex in Chile

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Advocate Cyrus Sutton feeling out the speed and performance of his Eco-Flex board on a Chilean wave.
Advocate Cyrus Sutton feeling out the speed and performance of his Eco-Flex board on a Chilean wave.

Eco-Flex® by Moss Research, is a surfboard manufacturing process that utilizes recycled foam and plant-based bio resins, builds high performance surfboards that are recyclable and made with waste stream and plant based materials. The result is a superior, customizable hand-shaped board that is 75% cleaner, 30% lighter and lasts twice as long as industry standard Polyurethane/Polyester construction.

Eco-Flex, Men's Journal 

Shout out in Men’s Journal 2015 “Most Game Changing Outdoor Gear”
Shout out in Men’s Journal 2015 “Most Game Changing Outdoor Gear”

The Evolution of Eco-Flex

2009-2010 was an experimental year. This original collection is made with a range of materials from sugar cane foam, paulownia veneer, plywood scrap, hemp fabric and pine sap epoxy, each with its own unique performance characteristics.
2009-2010 was an experimental year. This original collection is made with a range of materials from sugar cane foam, paulownia veneer, plywood scrap, hemp fabric and pine sap epoxy, each with its own unique performance characteristics.

Artist Series Boards

Our first Artist Series collaboration in 2013 with Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson
Our first Artist Series collaboration in 2013 with Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson

How we build your Eco-Flex® board

1) Receive the order and evaluate rider specifications

2) Order and shape the blank

3) Glass the shaped blank with our Eco-Flex material process

4) Install the fins and laminates, final coat the board and fine-sand to completion

Jake Moss Shaping a recycled foam blank, 2016
Jake Moss Shaping a recycled foam blank, 2016
Partner, Pat Quealy glassing with Eco-Flex® Technology
Partner, Pat Quealy glassing with Eco-Flex® Technology

Earth Day Promo 2015 -Collaboration with Go-Pro, Waste to Waves and Marko Foam 

Fulfillment of Your Order

Each Eco-Flex® board is custom-crafted in an array of design templates to the exact rider specification and ability. Click here to visit our site to find your ideal board. Keep in mind Eco-flex boards are hand-made, one at a time. The general turn-around for a custom board is 6-10 weeks depending on the intricacy of the design, color and graphics. During high volume of orders, your custom board may take longer to complete. We'll keep you updated! 

Why WE need YOUR support: 

For quite some time, our next steps were to refine our process, educate the consumer with transparency and show the value-add while delivering a product that would exceed expectations within our parameters of manufacturing costs, so as to sell at our desired price. 

We have done just that with our latest Eco-Flex surfboards! With the growing demand for goods that use a reduce, repurpose and recycle approach in their process, we are in a great position to produce more Eco-Flex boards, and we are excited to share them with everyone! 

Quality Control with production partner Pat Quealy (Left) and shaper Jake Moss (right)
Quality Control with production partner Pat Quealy (Left) and shaper Jake Moss (right)

To do so, we need your help! Reaching our goal will give us the funds to:

1) Bulk order surfboard materials from our suppliers

2) Expand our manufacturing facility is San Diego to increase production capabilities, including contract glassing and an eco-board building material supply hub for other shapers to make Eco-Flex boards under a licensing agreement. 

3) Create recycling programs with our partners at Marko Foam and work with local schools to help collect the feedstock for our process while creating educational eco-board building workshops.

4) Obtain an in depth 3rd party LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) to provide the industry with legitimate baseline metrics and transparency in evaluating the sustainability of our product. 

Captain Liz Clark of Swell Voyage and Nat Geo’s nominee for “Adventurer of The Year” 2015 is ready to jump ship with her Eco-Flex board.
Captain Liz Clark of Swell Voyage and Nat Geo’s nominee for “Adventurer of The Year” 2015 is ready to jump ship with her Eco-Flex board.

The life of your Eco-Flex board

The first question always asked is: Does an eco-board come at a compromise?

In our case, absolutely not! Eco-Flex boards are lighter, stronger and perform with more flex dynamic than their traditional Polyurethane/Polyester counterparts. And because Eco-Flex boards absorb minimal water when punctured, last 2-3 times as long as the traditional Poly/PU board, and come at a mere 25% price increase, they are more reliable and furthermore, a better economic value for surfers. 

Should your Eco-Flex board ever succumb to the elements and become dilapidated, bring it back to us. We will recycle it and issue you a $40 credit towards your new Eco-Flex board!! 

After 3 years of heavy use around the world, these two Spacecake models continue to perform and are well suited for collecting dinner from the estuary on the way home.
After 3 years of heavy use around the world, these two Spacecake models continue to perform and are well suited for collecting dinner from the estuary on the way home.
If this had been an Eco-Flex board, it would not have ended up here :(
If this had been an Eco-Flex board, it would not have ended up here :(

Help us keep plastic out of landfills and the ocean, create a healthier working environment and a superior product while we keep manufacturing at home here in the US. Give yourself a high five for helping the planet and fellow humans, while you Sustain The Adventure on your new Eco-Flex surfboard!

Follow our journey!

Facebook: Moss Research Surfboards 

Instagram: @ecoflex_ and @aquaticoddities 

Website: www.mossresearch.com

Tags: #Ecoflex #Surfboardsforasharedplanet #Sustaintheadventure 

Risks and challenges

Reliable Supply Chain:
We have been in the R&D process with our latest boards for 5 years. We have worked through the quirks of the new materials and changes in flex pattern to achieve a consistent and precise product. We have also established great working relationships with our recycled surfboard blank supplier Marko Foam, and bio-epoxy supplier Entropy Resins (both based in California) who have consistently delivered to our exact specifications.

As we move forward with R&D, we will continue to test new plant-based fiber reinforcements to increase the strength and sustainability of our boards as they become available, sourcing only at our level of standards in terms of product footprint, quality and durability. As we increase our units of production, we must ensure we can deliver a consistent, impeccable product in a reasonable amount of time. Creating new jobs within our company and training personnel is one or our main focuses at the moment.

Surfboard Characteristics:
As with any manufacturing of a tangible good, quality control is essential. Our final prototypes have been designed and tested to withstand the yearly rigors of the aquatic environment, but this is not to say that the boards are indestructible. With all of our boards minor foot indentation will result on the deck after surfing the board a few times. This is normal and purposeful by design to allow the board to dampen upon recovery from critical maneuvers and to also help the rider find their “magic foot placement” on the board on each ride. This will not impede the performance or longevity of your Eco-Flex board. Should you ding your Eco-flex board, repair it with EPOXY RESIN ONLY!!

We inspect all materials for consistency prior to manufacturing, as well as after, to ensure each board has been fine-tuned and has proper structural integrity before it reaches the customer.

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    Be among the first to receive our 2017 Eco-Flex Look Book ! PDF downloadable format only. We will also send you updates of our progress as we reach our milestones.

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    Eco-Flex Poster - Features a montage of our designs and imagery from our advocates around the world. Approximate size 10"x 14" printed on high-quality poster paper. Includes a personalized note from our founding team!

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    Facebook Reward Promo: Women's' Eco-Flex Burn Out Tank Top. Sizes: S,M,L USA made and printed on a soft-hand garment. Features Eco-Flex logo embellishment.

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    Unisex Eco-Flex T-Shirt - sizes S, M, L, XL Printed with water-based ink on a soft, organic cotton garment.

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    Spacecake Flexy Single Fin- Enhance the performance of any single fin board with Jake Moss' signature Spacecake Flex Fin. Features Eco-Flex logo, available in 7.5" or 8.5" Check our website for more info.

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    Eco-Flex Zine Book - Add a conversation piece to any coffee table with our anthology book. Features our brand ethos, surfboard designs, history and a collection of imagery from our Advocates around the world. The book will include a personal message to the supporter from our team!

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    Bundle Promotion: Receive Sticker, Poster, Tee, Water Bottle, and Zine book! The Sticker and poster are free with this package!!

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    Limited Repurposed Resin Art Piece- Approx. size- 20"x 24". Laminated print medium on repurposed ply wood, finished with color tinted bio-resin and frame. A Unique and popping piece for your wall at home or in the office! Signed and personalized from the founding team!

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    DIY Eco-Board Building Kit-- So you have a knack for building things, huh? Well, build your own Eco-Board why don't cha! Kit includes recycled foam blank up to 6'-10" in length, fiberglass cloth up to 7' for deck and bottom, and a 1 gallon kit of Bio-Epoxy resin with basic instructions. All you need to build your own Eco-Board (besides the skill) Tools not included!! Have fun!!

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    Eco Flex Surfboard Limited Promotion: Custom-Built Eco-Flex Surfboard-- under 7' in length. Available in single color (Eco-Green- refer to our website for available templates) customizable to rider specifications. Includes our custom fins. Sustain The Adventure on your new Eco-Flex board!!

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    Custom-Built Artist Series Eco-Flex Surfboard under 7' in length. Available in an array of designs (refer to our website for available templates) customizable to rider specifications. This is a truly unique and functional, limited art piece worthy of gallery showing and world-class surfing, signed by the artist! Includes our custom fins. Make a statement while you Sustain The Adventure on your new Eco-Flex Artist Series board!!

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    Camp Eco-Flex- Spend a weekend with the founding team, camp out, demo boards, meet and greet founders, and eat organic food (breakfast and dinner included, Sat. to Sunday, North San Diego County, location and date TBA). Tents provided, bring only personal gear, sleeping bag, foam pad ect. Get the experience, try new boards and learn more about what we love to do!!

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    For serious apprentices only! 1 on 1 board shaping tutorial, including your own finished board (shaped by you with guidance) glassed to completion at the Eco-Flex workshop. Be involved in the process, learn the materials and experience your own personal Eco-board!

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