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Phoresia: Surf Green

Posted by Rick | November 20th, 2006 | Filed under Environmental Change, Outdoor Sport, Positive Change, Sustainability

Picture 1.pngThe surfers who started Phoresia.org named their blog after the Greek form of the word “phoresy,â€? a term describing a symbiotic relationship in which one organism transports another of a different species. It’s nature’s form of hitchhiking, with the key element being the fact that the “riderâ€? doesn’t adversely affect the host. Phoresia points out that if the ocean is a massive organism, then the surfers who ride its waves shouldn’t harm it either.

The ultimate goal of the blog is to educate surfers about more sustainable surf products and in doing so, “preserve the organic integrity of our pursuit and secure a sustainable future.â€? They’re off to a great start. So far posts have covered such territory as sustainable surfboard construction, green surf magazines, and environmentally-minded companies like Patagonia.

A recurring theme throughout blog is that if surfers demand a better product (like a surfboard that lasts five times as long), they will end up buying less. This, in turn, will result in less waste. It’s a concept we couldn’t agree with more.

One Response to “Phoresia: Surf Green”

  • December 5, 2006 at 4:18 pm | Bjorn says

    The hair on the back of my neck is standing up.

    The surf industry is so very long past overdue for this train of thought to grow beyond a few prominent leaders. The Surfrider Foundation, for example, performs an admirable service focused primarily on the environmental protection of the fragile interface between the land and sea. And Patagonia has become a template for responsible business with impact far beyond its surfing and climbing heritage. But somehow the bulk of surfing’s iconic equipment, apparel, and media producers have failed miserably to follow suit. Thankfully, Phoresia.org is showcasing stand-out thinkers and performers in an industry that direly needs them.

    You are doing something very interesting here (both nau and Phoresia). As a surfer, thank you.

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