Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The ecoFin combines sustainability with performance. We created the first sustainable surfboard fin based on recycled ocean waste.
The ecoFin combines sustainability with performance. We created the first sustainable surfboard fin based on recycled ocean waste.
The ecoFin combines sustainability with performance. We created the first sustainable surfboard fin based on recycled ocean waste.
285 backers pledged AU$ 37,769 to help bring this project to life.

About

ecoFin - a performance surfboard fin based on ocean waste project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

ecoFin - a performance surfboard fin based on ocean waste

AU$ 37,769

285

A new surfboard fin: sustainable, lighter, game changing. The ecoFin is both a high performance recycled surfboard fin and a symbol for change. Supporting our project means that you will be part of a global movement to save our oceans.

WATCH OUR FULL DOCO AT THE END!

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Pre-order the ECOFIN in a thruster setup or make your choice of various rewards for non-sufers and youngsters. 

All rewards at a glance
All rewards at a glance

Why a fin from ocean waste?

5 trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans already! This number will tremendously increase if we don’t reduce the production of virgin plastic and take recycling more serious.

Luise and Felix exploring trash on beaches south of Uluwatu
Luise and Felix exploring trash on beaches south of Uluwatu

We are ocean enthusiasts. We are convinced that by developing innovative products based on recycled material, we can raise awareness about ocean pollution. And trigger a change!

Therefore, our first product is a performance surfboard fin based on ocean waste from Bali and we have a plethora of innovative ideas for the future.

Why Bali?

Bali is a prime example of a third world country choking in waste and the Indian Garbage Gyre washes up tons over tons every day. The island is well known for its surf breaks and on lands basic recycling structures are growing - we could build up a network of collaborators and supporters.

Why surfers?

The special connection between surfers and the ocean is undeniable and we are convinced that we, as surfers, can act as role models for everyone. “We as surfers live off the ocean’s energy – if it’s now time to give back, I don’t want to miss out”, Rusty Miller.

Why Kickstarter?

Many drops make an ocean and together they can form a wave – Kickstarter gives us the possibility to reach out to all of you and easily support our mission!

Where we've been featured

The Product

We envisioned a product made of recycled material to meet all the expectations of surfers everywhere in the world.

We collaborated with shapers, material and fluid dynamics experts. And based on the expertise of our team of engineers, and designers we converted existing waste to a high performance fibre-reinforced composite.

Key benefits & design

The result is a fin lighter than conventional fins while still possessing absolute strength and perfect flex for surfers of all levels!

Based on our reinforced material, the ecoFin offers ideal stiffness for all small to double overhead waves and varied board types. We designed a solid flex in the base for controlled drive and a well responsive flex in the tip to accelerate your turns off the lip. And on top: the ecoFin is 15% lighter than comparable fins on the market!

Dimensions
Dimensions

Material details on recycled PP

Polypropylene – what you know from lids and packaging – has great properties and is the base material of our products.

Polypropylene pellets and fibre glass
Polypropylene pellets and fibre glass

Also this polymer doesn’t decrease in mechanical strength when recycled. We optimised the properties with long fibre glass reinforcement.  Through that we developed a performance composite material, which is just perfect for modern surfing! Strength tests, polymer degradation behaviour (UV treatment) and dynamic performance was conducted at several institutes, inter alia at the University of new South Wales.

ecoFin under pressure - Testing in Sydney Labs
ecoFin under pressure - Testing in Sydney Labs

Production

A modern moulding process ensures smooth fabrication and high accuracy on a professional level. For us it was most important to provide you with quality products. Therefore, we chose to produce with renowned manufacturers. These guys not only have 25 years of experience in their field they also produced a lot of fins already. .

Believe it or not, there is enough material floating in our oceans to make millions of fins, so we probably won’t run out of material.

The supply chain is secured, so is the production and everything needed to export globally.

Quality First - Production facility in Australia
Quality First - Production facility in Australia

The Value Chain

Showing transparency in the production line was our first goal!

Recycling is already happening, that’s cool! However, the more we got into it, the more we recognised one major problem. The value chain of where the waste comes from and where it goes is often undefined! Therefore, we travelled through Bali and Java to track down every step of the waste and see the real history of our raw material.

Watch our documentary at the bottom of the page where we followed the production line from start to finish.

More About

Impact

  • 5 Trillion pieces of plastic float in our oceans – concentrated in 5 garbage patches
  • 8 Million tons are dumped every year
  • 450 year takes a plastic bottle to degrade
  • UV breakdown releases toxic substances like Bisphenol A
  • Unknown amounts of micro particles enter our food chain

How much plastic we use?

The more we produce, the better. A weight based calculation estimates that one fin contains approximately 50 plastics lids.

Impact on the recycling infrastructure

The more we use recycled materials, the less virgin plastics are produced. Remind yourself of the conquer of organic produce in supermarkets. First a niche – soon widely established.

And to the environment

With our membership at 1% for the Planet we commit 1% of our revenue to conservation and environmental organisations, like our friends from Project Clean Uluwatu, but many more will benefit from the project’s success.

The Team

We are ocean enthusiasts, professional product developers, and ambitious entrepreneurs. We finished our university degrees in Germany and took the chance to live our dream in Australia.

As an engineer, Felix is a PhD candidate for advanced manufacturing technologies. Luise has a business and technology background with a broad market knowledge and experience in the surf scene.

Together we started the ecoFin project and founded the brand FiveOceans in Australia. Check out our Facebook page with informative articles and facts about ocean pollution.

The bigger picture, the moral value, and the ambition to create solutions in the fight against ocean pollution drives us to our (ad)ventures. Every day!

The family grows

We couldn’t have realised this without our incredible team – Katharina, Chris, Franzy, Simon, Tim, Ferdi, Toby, Rob and Neil! Soon enough we had established all expertise to design a sustainable product in the high performance range. From fluid dynamic experts for the right template to sound designers for our documentary! We as FiveOceans are a boat full of creative and productive freaks!

Rusty Miller with his wife Tricia are ambassadors, mentors and always been creative advisors.

Special thanks go out to all the wonderful people who joined our adventures, in the past – now – and in the future! 

Partners

Patagonia is a partner for all what is related to the documentary and Nikon Australia backed the filming. Blue Magazine is a media-partner for the screening events. We are proud members of 1% for the Planet and Surfrider Foundation Australia shows great support.

Future prospects

Through supporting this project you not only back an innovative recycling product, you also give us the chance to expand our mission. For the future, we plan on more product variants of the fin produced from waste of more places in the world. Bali is just the beginning!

Why you should get involved ?

On our journey we met Oscar and for us he found the best words.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

We are convinced, that by producing more cool products based on ocean waste we will create more awareness!

Timeline and financials

We give our campaign 60 days, because it is linked to numerous screenings in Australia, Europe and America. Once we came back to Australia, we will immediately start the production – everything is set up and ready to go!

We’ve crunched the numbers, calculated everything and figured out all eventualities to ensure the delivery in April 2016.

where the money goes
where the money goes

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Select the rewards pack of your choice

*** Exclusively available here:  Watch the full documentary ***

Thanks for watching ☼

Risks and challenges

We wouldn’t be here without our relentless optimism and endless energy.
And we never believed in Murphy’s Law.
We made our homework, the fin is looking great and feels amazing in the water!

The supply is secured and we won’t run out of waste in the future.
Looking good - See you out there
- if we don’t get eaten by sharks

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.73

    Many drops make an ocean – this is yours!
    Thank you for your support for the oceans and keep up with our project!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    “Be the change you want to see in the world”
    Submit your photo to be a part of a unique video message we are going to send out to the world. Your face will appear on a digital collage canvas with all other supporters. How it works: you pledge → we send an email → you reply with your profile pic & name → we design a website and a video with all supporting faces to approach corporations and organisations.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    20 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    FIVE OCEANS FIN KEY The limited edition fin key for the surfer’s smaller budget.
    Get your unique FiveOceans fin key – based on ocean waste. The light weight material - also great for your little accessories. The hex key is chrome-plated for longer durability.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    24 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $18

    MEMORY GAME - a playful invite to our journey. Match our friends and supporters with the fin and the lid. For youngsters and adults - go out and play!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $22

    THE ECO-FRISBEE Don’t throw it away! Pre-order the ecoFrisbee based on ocean waste, designed with official professional dimensions and weight of 175g, 10.75”/27.3 cm diameter. Our recycled composite material gives the disc all it needs to spread our message in the air – and connect!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $22

    DVD The film covering the journey on DVD. In a carefully and ecologically sourced booklet with unpublished background information. Dive into the story and see all bonus material, from interviews to more insights from behind the scenes. And all the hidden fun facts!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 35 or more About $25

    DRINK BOTTLE FiveOceans x KleanKanteen. Say goodbye to plastic bottles. Get the limited edition stainless steel drinking bottle, with logo imprint and the tightly sealing lid. This bottle will soon become a statement with a character - Also great as a gift.
    Contact us directly if you consider it for a company give away.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    45 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 45 or more About $33

    T-SHIRT Please meet Wayang. He was our trusted guide and good spirit during our journey through Indonesia. Specially drawn for the mission. Thanks to Katie Shiach (Guthrie), visual artist from Scotland. This T-Shirt is produced and printed in Bali on an eco-friendly organic Bamboo fabric.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    14 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $36

    PHOTO BOOK - Make it last forever! Follow the journey with this exclusive high-quality photo book. Show your support for all future generations. We love attention to detail and awesome photography – combined with true facts about the Oceans and our adventure. This exclusive coffee table book is a great gift and an unique addition to your collection.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $36

    PLAY - get the kids involved! Order the ecoFrisbee and the memory game for the day out in the park! Play and do good!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About $54

    NOSTALGIA PACK - Keep the story alive with the DVD and the photo book. Dive into our story and see all the great personalities we met on our way complemented by high quality photography and astonishing insights from the story.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 90 or more About $65

    THE ECOFIN – the first sustainable surfboard fin based on ocean waste. Get the original and pre-order your Thruster set compatible with all fin systems (FCS or Futures). Get the first 100 rolling out of production with a unique serial number. #beTheFirst - #0000001 - #0000100

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 75 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 90 or more About $65

    THE ECOFIN – the first sustainable surfboard fin based on ocean waste. Get the original and pre-order your Thruster set compatible with all fin systems (FCS or Futures).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $73

    OUTDOORSY - You prefer mountains to the big blue – no worries, get yourself fully equipped with the stainless steel bottle, the frisbee and the T-Shirt. Live sustainable and spread the word.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 115 or more About $83

    BEACH PACK - Order the Fins + Frisbee! Fully equipped you can enjoy the benefits from our super light ocean composite in the water and in the air. And Give something back to the oceans!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 140 or more About $102

    SURF PACK 2 - Order the Fins + Key + T-Shirt, be a supporter, and enjoy the benefits from our super light ocean composite. Give something back to the oceans, which gives us so much session by session.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 145 or more About $105

    TEAM PACK ecoFRISBEE:
    Who wants to play alone? Get a pack of 5 Frisbees for your whole lot! Pre-order the ecoFrisbee based on ocean waste, designed with official professional dimensions and weight of 175g, 10.75”/27.3 cm diameter.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $145

    BIG SUPPORTER - Non Surfers invited: Keep it all together and enjoy the full package with DVD, photo book, stainless steel bottle, Frisbee, memory game, and T-Shirt. There is something for all family members – for a bigger impact.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $145

    SIGNED ECOFIN - Signed Sealed Delivered. Get yourself an ecoFin set on a beautiful wooden stand personally signed by RUSTY MILLER. Either for memory or for the water – your choice!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 7 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $725

    SAMSARA BOARD+ECOFIN - Our partner Samsara crafts the greenest board you can find – in awesome shapes. Recycled foam core, Flax Fibre glassing with plant-based resin – make it even stronger than conventional boards. Get your custom shaped board + eocFins! We will arrange that you will get the board of your choice!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 6,500 or more About $4,716

    You are crazy - and wanna come on that journey with us again! Collect, Surf, Sort. Travel with the founders again from Bali’s beaches to the recycling factories and track down every step of the waste. There will be plenty of time for enjoyment, too. Flights included - time tbd.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    AU$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (60 days)