wyve is shaping the future of surfboards

WHAT DRIVES US

We’ve been friends for 10 years and surfing has always been the core of our friendship. As surfers and engineers, we can unfortunately see that our planet Earth is changing. The climate is warming up, biodiversity is threatened and we find plastic inside the ocean and on our favourite beaches. Current production and consumption patterns are responsible for this.

At WYVE, we are deeply convinced we can act to counter these changes. Most of surfers are also feeling this way. We can all act to preserve our dear Nature and beloved Ocean.

Surfers Deserve Better

Surfing is a demanding sport that requires high-performance equipment, but surfing is above all a state of mind, a community. By buying surfboards, this community today is forced to use petrochemical materials and generate toxic waste.

Whether in the local small shaper warehouse or in the famous Californian factories, it has been 60 years that polyurethane and polyester are polluting our air and ocean, and threatening the health of shapers and surfing manufactures workers. And these raw materials travel around 10 000 kms before the surfboard is delivered to the customer.

Surfers deserve better. They have the right to access more transparent surfboards.
female surfer with long hair holding high vertical Wyve fish surfboard in blue sky
male surfer holding high black and transparent Wyve hexa surfboard from the back

Technical and environmental excellence

We choose to see eco-responsibility, not as a constraints, but on the contrary as a crucial challenge and an opportunity to innovate and create better products.

We believe that technology can complement hand-made work to make fully customized surfboards that match both the level and the values of surfers. Eco-design cannot be adopted in the long-term if seen at the expense of performance and pleasure. We believe it is one of the three fundamental pillar of our surfing values. 

We are confident that each and every surfer can be a climate ambassador, riding proudly his custom-made Eco-Surfboard.
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Wyve materials table for eco-surfboard and up-cycled surfboard

Materials

Cleaner materials are key to make cleaner surfboards. We are committed to keep on improving and exploring new materials to meet our ideal standards.
The honeycomb core structure of a HEXA Surfboard is today made out of bio-based plastic. Commonly called PLA, this bio-based plastic comes from fermented corn starch.

But our true goal is to use recycled plastics from the waste polluting our oceans. As a first step, we are working on extruding shredded recycled plastic bottles (made out of PET) collected locally.
For glassing, we use a Made in France bio-epoxy. Certified with the ECOBOARD Project Gold Level, this bio-resin best conciles eco-responsibility with performance properties. This bio-resin is applied on a few fiberglass layers, to make the surfboard float, be robust and easily repairable.


male local shaper sanding Wyve fish Hexa surfboard in micro-factory

local production

We are committed to work hand-in-hand with local actors and suppliers, in order to participate in the economical development of the regions we are located in, and to limit our carbon emissions.
Our manufacturing and distribution model revolves around our local micro-factories.
A micro-factory gathers everything necessary to produce a whole surfboard in a single place : from the 3D-printers to the cozy showroom, including the shaping workshop.

Wyve local production today and tomorrow
man holding 3D printed surfboard core in Wyve local micro-factory

eco design

What is fundamental in an eco-design process is not to forget the usage and the end-of-life of the product. Particularly the durability of an eco-design product.
First, a precisely tailor-made surfboard, thanks to 3D-printing, has more chance to be used properly and longer than a more randomly shaped.
Furthermore thanks to their design structure and materials, our surfboards are robust and also easily repairable because of their hollow structure.
Because there is no foam inside, no need to heat-dry the core before repairing it.
Finally, the core of our surfboards is recyclable!

Wyve Eco design today and tomorrow
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backstage

meet the team

We were born in France, an outstanding country for boardsports.
For 10 years, we have skied in the Alps, skated all around French cities, and surfed on the whole Atlantic coast.
Guided by the same passion and vision for boardsports, we want to intensify/reinforce the positive impact these sports, that have shaped our friendship, can have on our lives and on our planet.

This is why we decided to use our engineering skills to reinvent the way of producing and distributing surfboards, to finally match surfers’ values.

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Sylvain fleury
co-founder

Born optimistic, Sylvain is ready to paddle hard to push surfing beyond the current limits. You can find him anywhere outdoor. In the mountain, forest or ocean, Sylvain finds a sport that makes him feel closer to the nature. Always concerned by the impact of his products, he naturally wanted to use his engineering background to make his passion more sustainable.
young man portrait smiling Wyve co-founder

lÉo bouffier
co-founder

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You might see him at a Climate March, in his native Brittany surf spot or in a fablab. As a nature lover and engineer specialized in oceanography, he wants to live his passion for waves through HEXA Surfboard! Leo cares for details and has a perfect vision of the board’s curvatures and design. High performance is not even an option for him.

our micro-factory

anglet, france

5 steps to your surfboard

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Definition the adequate surfboard outline thanks to our data optimizing software, based on shapers’ knowledge and your measures, surfing habits and goals.
smiling man holding hexa surfboard with shape parameters on a sticker
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Optimization of our honeycomb pattern, thanks to Computer Aided Design (CAD) to match high performance criteria.
Sticker of custom HEXA surfboard parameters enabled with 3D-printing
3D-Printing nozzle scheme on sticker
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3D-printing of the core of your surfboard with bio-plastic.
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Glassing of the hollow 3D-printed core with fiberglass and a 50% bio-based resin (ecoboard gold label), with a final hot coat to make it shine.
Wyve Shaper finishing and coating hexa surfboard details
cardboard eco-packaging for WYVE eco-surfboards
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Last but not least, carboard eco-packaging for a safe and eco-responsible transport... to you!