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The best sustainable and reef-safe surfing accessories from boards to wetsuits

Metro logo Metro 08/08/2022 Sophie Laughton
Surf’s up, but make it sustainable (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro Surf’s up, but make it sustainable (Picture: Getty)

Surfers love the ocean, but many of the accessories needed for their adventurous hobby come with a planet-harming cost.

From plastic-based wetsuits to surfboards glassed with toxic resin, traditional kit has an impact both on land and sea.

However, there are plenty of innovative eco-friendly options out there to choose from, using natural, non-toxic and recycled materials.

Read on below for our picks of the best sustainable surfing accessories.

Nieuwland 2e Yulex® Long Jane Swimsuit

Rubber does the same job as neoprene with a much smaller impact (Picture: Finisterre) © Provided by Metro Rubber does the same job as neoprene with a much smaller impact (Picture: Finisterre)

Finisterre make all their wetsuits from Yulex natural rubber rather than standard neoprene, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

The Long Jane swimsuit is perfect for surfing in cooler weather and leaves the arms and shoulders free for greater flexibility.

Buy for £150 from Finisterre.

PrednSurf RAD – Custom surfboard

The eco alternative to your standard surfboard (Picture: Predn) © Provided by Metro The eco alternative to your standard surfboard (Picture: Predn)

Predn make their boards in a wind-powered workshop with flax cloth, a natural material with similar properties to carbon fibre.

Eco-friendly and high performance? Now that’s rad.

Buy from £575.33 from Predn Surf.

Wild Recycled Insulated Pullover Changing Robe

Stay snug with a changing poncho (Picture: Passenger) © Provided by Metro Stay snug with a changing poncho (Picture: Passenger)

Crafted from 100% recycled plastic bottles with a PFC-Free water-resistant coating, this poncho will keep you warm after hitting the waves.

Buy for £74.95 from Passenger.

Northcore Wax Comb Surf Tool

Bamboo beats plastic (Picture: Northcore) © Provided by Metro Bamboo beats plastic (Picture: Northcore)

Long-lasting and tough, this wax comb is made from sustainable bamboo rather than plastic.

Buy for £2.99 from Surfdome.

Surfyogis 100% natural reef safe sunscreen

Save the reefs and your skin (Picture: Surfyogis) © Provided by Metro Save the reefs and your skin (Picture: Surfyogis)

Spending all day in the surf, you’ll want a sunscreen that doesn’t budge. But you’ll also want one that doesn’t harm the ocean.

Zinc oxide reflects the suns rays, while all natural ingredients are kind to your skin and marine life.

Buy for £22.95 from Amazon.

Dock & Bay Cabana Quick Dry Towels

Dry off super quick (Picture: Dock & Bay) © Provided by Metro Dry off super quick (Picture: Dock & Bay)

Made from 100% reclaimed plastic bottles, this quick dry towel dries three times faster than a standard cotton towel and doesn’t get sand stuck to it.

It even even comes in a handy storage pouch.

Buy for £25 from Dock & Bay.

Matunas Organic Surf Wax – Cold

Even surf wax can be sustainable (Picture: Matunas) © Provided by Metro Even surf wax can be sustainable (Picture: Matunas)

All the tackiness you need but without any nastiness.

This natural and non-toxic wax is made in California using local ingredients including jasmine wax, blueberries and coconut oil.

Buy for £2.95 from Surfdome.

Guidewater Duffel 80L

Need to keep everything dry? No biggie (Picture: Patagonia) © Provided by Metro Need to keep everything dry? No biggie (Picture: Patagonia)

Once you get to the beach, you’ll need something to hold all your gear.

Patagonia’s fully submersible and 100% waterproof duffel doesn’t come cheap, but will keep your kit bone dry

It’s also Fair Trade certified sewn and made from recycled materials.

Buy for £260 from Patagonia.

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