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.
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.
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.
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!
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.