CR&R Plant Visit

The final two days of the TCT were located in the San Onofre park at lower Trestles. CR&R is in charge of the waste at the park. A few weeks ago we visited the CR&R plant to learn more about their use of a single stream system. We wanted to make sure that the people attending this event understood why there were not recycling bins present at the event.

A single stream system means that all recyclables are sorted at the plant. They separate the landfill waste from the metals and plastics and greenwaste. For them it is more expensive to send waste to the landfill so they do their best to make sure everything that can be recycled is sorted and sold to the appropriate location. All the landfill waste that they do accumulate they pay to send to a landfill.

A major benefit of using a single stream system is that only one truck needs to be sent out to collect waste instead of multiple trucks for multiple types of waste. This means less CO2 emissions along with fewer trucks on the road tearing away at the pavement. They do a very good job sorting at the plant which is why Volcom supports their single stream system and are willing to use it at our events.

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Let The Kids Ride Free (of Waste)!


Wild in the Parks is a free amateur skateboard contest series showcasing emerging skateboarders in major regions around the country.

The North American Wild in the Parks season kicked off on May 23rd here at Volcom Headquarters skate park in Costa Mesa.

From previous experiences we know that plastic bottles and cups are the main source of waste during this kind of event and they end up everywhere at the end of the day.

We set up recycling bins all around the park and we did our best to encourage our community to bring their ow reusable water bottle.

Whoever brought a reusable water bottle could participate in what we called the Repreve Recycling Raffle and win a $300 promo prize at the HQ Volcom Store.

Congratulations to the winner Ciao! He was stoked for sure! But also surprised that simply bringing a reusable water bottle could get him a brand new look for the summer (he even shared the prize with his friends!).

Next time bring your water bottle and maybe you could win a cool prize!

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Intern Takeover!


Hey this is Hailey. I am interning with Derek Sabori, the VP of Sustainability, at Volcom.

I am majoring in Marine Affairs with minors in Marketing and Management at the University of Miami in Florida. I’m super passionate about the ocean and everything involving the water.

Hey everyone, I’m Nikita from France and am also interning this summer for Derek. I love the ocean, love to surf and ride in general.

I’m currently doing a Master’s degree in management and sustainability. On top of the fact that Volcom is putting a lot of effort in sustainability, the brand represents my lifestyle pretty well. Just stoked to be here !

So far we have been helping out with a multitude of projects here at Headquarters as well as at the offsite events Volcom has sponsored. We’ve been able to be involved in most of the departments because sustainability reaches into every division of Volcom. Although it’s early on in the summer, interning at Volcom has been awesome so far and we can’t wait for what is next!

We’ll be here all summer so stay tuned!

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By Derek Sabori

Now available from University of Plymouth Press, is a book that I am honored to have been a contributor to: Sustainable Stoke: Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World.

As noted in the press release from Plymouth University, this project was the brainchild of Dr. Gregory Borne, Director of the Plymouth Sustainability and Surfing Research Group, and Associate Professor Dr. Jess Ponting, Director of the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University.

The book – which can be ordered here, on Amazon or directly from the Plymouth  e-store - incues “the views and opinions of more than 40 recognised global experts, including former world champions, environmental campaigners and the directors, CEOs and founders of some of the industry’s most recognisable brands.”

The full press release is here.

Thanks for helping share this collection of insights and advice.





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Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii – A Deep Blue Surf Event Partner

You know what they say about Dirty Jobs…Well in their case, not only do they do it, but the crew at Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii do it with a smile.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii have a mission to “inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups.” They also coordinate educational programs, public awareness campaigns and help others run their own beach cleanups. In our case, for the Volcom Pipe Pro, we are lucky enough to call them our recycling & compost partner – making good out of the waste that is created at the event and helping us achieve another Deep Blue Surf Event certification.

More at

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Volcom Pipe Pro 2015 – Sustainable By Design, Deep Blue Certified

Just in time for Earth Week, comes the final report from Sustainable Surf, detailing and critiquing the efforts that made this year’s Volcom Pipe Pro another Deep Blue Certified Surf Event.

We have a great partner in the California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit Sustainable Surf. Their Mission: Be the catalyst that transforms surf culture and industry into a powerful community that protects the ocean playground.

For the 3rd year in a row, the Volcom Pipe Pro adhered to the guidelines they’ve set, and has been certified a Deep Blue Surfing Event – meeting Sustainable Surf’s criteria for running a more sustainable surf event. This means we addressed and measured our impacts in regards to: Energy, Waste, Community Support, Transportation and Climate Change.

Full Sustainability Report at and more photos available here at

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Happy Earth Day! Get Out There & Enjoy It!

How’d you celebrate?


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Growing In The Right Direction – Beach ‘N Boards Fest 2015

By Chase Newsom

Cocoa Beach Florida is not only the home town of the 11 time world champion Kelly Slater, it also serves as a Spring Break destination for many Americans who have been deterred by one of the coldest and longest winters ever. On March 13-16 Ron Jon surf shop hosted its annual “Beach n Board Fest” during a packed spring break weekend. The weekend hosted many events which included a tow-at airshow, a WSL junior pro, and a give back / sustainability campaign…Read the whole story here at


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Mo Benefit for Mauli Ola Foundation

It’s been a few years since our last Give Back Series supporting Mauli Ola Foundation hit the shelves and was available for sale. We’re happy to say, though – the goods are back, and they’re looking sharp! While you may not be able to surf like Gav’ you might (dare I say “might!” ;) ) be able to look like him with these fresh for Summer threads…

If you’re not familiar with the Mauli Ola Foundation, do learn about the great work they’re doing to introduce surfing as a natural treatment to people with cystic fibrosis.  Since 20017, Mauli Ola (meaning “Breath of Life” in Hawaiian)  has taken nearly 1,300 CF patients surfing at nearly 100 Surf Experience Days and has now expanded it’s reach with hospital visits and other activities that touch the lives of kids with cancer and a variety of other health challenges. Awesome work, guys. We’re stoked to be able to donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale, back to the great work that Mauli Ola is doing. Check your local shop and ask for the Mo Benefit Boardshort, or the Mauli Ola Tee!

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Spreading the Word at the Volcom Pipe Pro

By Derek Sabori

Well, the event is about to wrap up, and I’m happy to report a record number of mentions and plugs for all the work we’ve put into the greening & community partnership aspects of the event. Maybe you heard a mention or two on the webcast? ;) OK, there were quite a few, I know, but I couldn’t be more stoked – It feels like people are genuinely excited about, and interested in, what’s going on behind the scenes. They’re contributing to ways to make it better, and offering advice on how to spread the word even more in the hopes of affecting even more change; outside of the immediate Volcom family.

I was there on the island for 4 days and got to see plenty of heats, and had the opportunity to reconnect with our partners there on the North Shore.  We held the pre-event meeting, toured Waihuena Farms, watched Jim DiCarlo make Bokashi (to more rapidly compost our waste), and had the honor of hanging out with this awesome team (below) to Talk Story and hype up the Volcom Pipe Pro Sustainability program at Pro at Surfer, the Bar.

We held a round table asking questions of each of the leaders and ambassadors there with me: Kahi Pacarro – Executive Director of Sustainable Coastlines, a student of Philosophy and Finance, turned Real Estate entrepreneur, turned non-profit leader. Jen Homcy – a marine biologist accustomed to spending days at sea studying, turned sustainable events consultant, turned wood-worker. Nathan Peracciny – a passionate story teller, committed to telling the stories that inspire others to implement change in their lives. He’s a firm believer that the good stories need to be told. Alex Gray – Massive wave charger, hilarious human, eco-board advocate, student of sustainable living and eco-board and Sustainable Surf Ambassador. And then, Dave Wassel – Family man, steward of the North Shore, life saver, ocean advocate, uncle, deadly-wave chaser, and also a Sustainable Surf Ambassador. Then, we screened the film Sustainable By Design, and saluted Munetoyo Tanaka, one of the film’s stars.

This is the Dream Team – Without these guys, the program is nothing. They back it, they make it happen, and they help spread the word, encouraging others to get on board.

Nathan Peracciny keeps me reminding me how the greening of this event, started small: recycling, then reusables, repurposing, composting, biodiesel, then carbon neutral, AND how the message started as a small blog post. Now, it’s being discussed in almost every heat. Looks like the bar is being raised internally. Maybe the New Future’s not so far off after all.

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