Moss Research expands manufacturing facility, offers Eco-Flex technology lisencing agreement

Moss Research expands manufacturing facility, offers Eco-Flex technology lisencing agreement

Surfboard Manufacturer Moss Research expands offering of the Eco-Flex® process to include licensing of the technology to strategic partners and making sustainable board building materials available to all surfers and shapers. For Immediate Release, October 5th, 2015 San Diego, CA: In 2008, surfboard shaper Jake Moss was sick of feeling sick. A master craftsman with over 17 years of experience shaping boards and a devout following of surfers worldwide, Moss made the decision to only produce and manufacture high-performance eco-friendly surfboards in the healthiest, most sustainable and environmentally-conscious way possible. After 2-years of experimentation and feedback from his loyal customers, Jake developed a production process and combination of materials, which he called Eco-Flex®, that met his high standards of performance while minimizing negative health and environmental impacts. In 2010, Moss became the first surfboard manufacturer to pursue a professional 3rd party Sustainability Report for the Eco-Flex® manufacturing process and facility. When Eco-Flex® received a Gold Level Endorsement of Sustainability, it set a benchmark for the surfboard industry. Way ahead of the curve, with more than 6 years of making 100% eco-friendly surfboards under his belt, an eye on the future, and the support of a key group of advocates in the surfing world, (world renowned surfboard shapers, artists, activists, scientists, craftsmen and professional surfers), Moss wants to share his Eco-Flex® material process and boards with surfers and shapers everywhere. “I think surfers have really started to become aware of how ironic our current situation is,” Moss says. “I mean, here we are, a large and increasingly influential group that loves the oceans and earth because they provide something incredibly...
Aquatic Oddities Advocate Liz Clark featured on DailyMail.com!

Aquatic Oddities Advocate Liz Clark featured on DailyMail.com!

Advocate Liz Clark has been featured on mainstream online news website DailyMail.com! The article outlines her 10 year adventure and highlights some topics that aren’t exactly the most important things to her, but regardless she is happy to have the exposure. Liz is such an inspiring human being and we believe that her name and story should be known far and wide! Since the article debuted, Liz posted this statement on social media platforms in order to clarify some information that was presented in the article: ” I’d like to clarify the recent misleading headline in the UK’s “Daily Mail” and other European publications about me “seeking a travel partner”. They did a very comprehensive interview about my life and then pulled that headline from my response to one question, “Do you ever get lonely?” …my answer was “Yes, of course I feel lonely sometimes, and I eventually hope to find the right sailing partner…” I also talked about how traveling alone has helped me connect to Nature/God/Spirit and how in fact I always find nice, welcoming people everywhere I go! but the media must have thought that was the most exciting thing I said in the whole hour, so “Sailor Wanted:” became the rather misconstrued headline!?!! in fact I’m not seeking a ‘travel partner’ right now, although I appreciate all of your queries and wish I could share a slice of this life with all of you!? but what I meant was more that, like everyone, I’m trusting that a soulmate to share this life with will eventually appear as magically as a set wave rising from the sea! #...
VIDEO: The Eco-Flex Process: A Better Way is in the Making…

VIDEO: The Eco-Flex Process: A Better Way is in the Making…

From the waste-bin to the waves, join master shaper and Moss-Research Founder Jake Moss as he explains his revolutionary Eco-Flex surfboard manufacturing process. Creating the next generation of eco-friendly surfboards for a shared planet. “When we started experimenting with alternative materials and non-conventional shapes in 2008 our mantra was anything goes,” Moss explains. “All we knew was that there had to be a better, healthier more environmentally conscious and creatively expressive way to design and produce surfboards.” The goal: To build high performance surfboards that are less toxic to the craftsmen who make them and more sustainable for the coastal environment that inspires every surfer. “We tested materials from Paulownia wood to Bamboo, hemp fabric, sugar cane and recycled foam while using bio-epoxy resin made with pinesap,” Moss says, “continually refining and tweaking the manufacturing process for over 4 years.” The result is the Eco-Flex Surfboard. A superior, customizable hand-shaped board that is 75% cleaner, 30% lighter and lasts twice as long as industry standard Polyurethane/Polyester construction. Since they were first released to the market in 2011, Eco-Flex surfboards have become the vanguard of a growing surfboard re-evolution focused on the development of an increasingly environmentally conscious, high performance surf-craft. “Beyond experimenting with different designs and materials, Eco-Flex is re-thinking the entire surfboard production process, we’re committed to producing the most eco-friendly surfboards possible” Moss says. Awarded a Gold-level endorsement from a leading third party sustainability and life cycle analyst -an industry first for surfboard manufacturers- Eco-Flex is constantly working to improve the process. Leading the way forward and putting pressure on an entire industry to change. The choice...
Moss Eco-Flex listed as Men’s Journal’s “This Year’s Most Game-Changing Outdoor Gear”!

Moss Eco-Flex listed as Men’s Journal’s “This Year’s Most Game-Changing Outdoor Gear”!

We are honored to be listed as “This Year’s Most Game-Changing Outdoor Gear” by Men’s Journal online magazine!! Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Traditional polyurethane surfboards damage the environment [and] can harm the craftsmen who build them. With a long history of respiratory issues the surfboard shaping industry is notoriously unhealthy. Which is why you see shapers wearing gas-mask type ventilation contraptions whenever they’re working on boards. After shaping polyurethane surfboards for over a decade, Jake Moss was sick of feeling sick.” … Read the rest...
The SHAPESHIFTER

The SHAPESHIFTER

Jake Moss introduces his latest Aquatic Oddities creation – the Shapeshifter! Filmed and edited by Erik Derman. Check it, then hit the...
Eco-Flex in the Making | An Interview with Shaper Jake Moss

Eco-Flex in the Making | An Interview with Shaper Jake Moss

Moss Research founder and shaper Jake Moss explains how Eco-Flex has evolved, his influences in opening a fully eco-friendly surfboard manufacturing facility, and his vision for the surfing industry moving forward. Interviewed by surfer Evan Luth. EL: Can you tell me about the concept for Eco-Flex and how it came to be? JM: In 2009 I decided to stop making Polyurethane surfboards. I didn’t like the conclusion of disposable surf-crafts and how it made me feel in the context of being an environmental ocean lover. I also didn’t care for the health side effects of building a polyurethane surfboard. I decided to start experimenting with more eco-friendly materials; mostly using non-VOC plant based epoxy resin and different foams that offered recyclability that were in some part repurposed during their construction. So to me sustainability is an evolution and not an end point. The art of crafting surfboards is constantly changing and refining, with the intention of always getting to a better place. How did you begin that process? The process started with just researching and looking at other materials. Our first “eco-surfboard” was made from sugar cane foam, glassed with hemp, with bamboo fins and Bio-Epoxy resin that was around 73% plant base concentration. That thing is still around today and remains probably one the best boards we’ve made in terms of sustainability. I then went ahead and got some guidance from people who are doing life cycle analysis and have founded research on surfboard manufacturing from Cradle-to-Grave, and also the chemical constituents that are found in the construction process. Utilizing these resources and actually formulating a company sustainability report (CSR) was...
Why It Matters… by Liz Clark

Why It Matters… by Liz Clark

by Liz Clark After years of pondering the troubling state of our planet while sailing around the Pacific, I’ve come to believe that all our choices matter. From the laundry soap we choose to the local organic farmers we support to the surfboards we ride—it all matters! Instead of feeling powerless about the way the humans are treating the Earth and each other, we can start focusing our individual energy on positive ways to create change. When we flex our power as consumers to support people and products who share a similar vision and intention for a better world, we start to feel less alone in this battle. This is our opportunity for daily activism. Everyday actions for Earth accumulate, and as subtly, yet powerfully as a rising tide we can begin to make a difference. I’m constantly looking deeper into my own needs and actions to see where I can do better for the Earth. I started eating a plant-based diet, eliminated cleaning and beauty products that use harmful chemicals, and choosing products with mindful packaging. Before buying something new, I ask myself, “Do I really need this?” And before throwing something away, I think, “How can I reuse this?” In the constant work aboard Swell, I find that the more mindfully I go about fixing, building, or modifying something, the longer it lasts, the more proficiently it works, and the better I feel about it! Even the intention and spirit and in which things are created, truly matters. Surfing provides us with a deep gratitude for ocean. We are so lucky that there’s always another swell on...
Questioning “Green” And What Plastics Mean In the Surfing World

Questioning “Green” And What Plastics Mean In the Surfing World

Archived from May 2011 – http://mossresearch.blogspot.com Over the past month I have had the pleasure of speaking with Bryson Roberson from the Ocean Gybe Expedition. He was curious about my process of building eco-surfboards and how it could potentially influence sustainability in the surfing industry. Below is a cyber-interview consisting of Q’s and A’s, giving insight into a traveling surfer’s perspective on plastic products and the need for alternatives.Bryson Robertson holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering. His PhD thesis involves investigating the actual breaking of waves and characterizing all the effects that shape the breaking conditions, which we imagine relates to how plastics move about the ocean, breakdown and become bio-accumulated, washing up on beaches worldwide.Bryson gave presentations about his voyage and plastic marine debris at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii and the Clinton Global Initiative in San Diego this year. The OceanGybe Expedition is a global sailing exploration of remote coastlines of the world, in search of adventure, surf and garbage. Their goal is to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that afflicts every coastline and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. Over the past four years, Hugh Patterson, Ryan Robertson and Bryson Robertson have been sailing around the world documenting the polluted state of our oceans and the isolated beaches due to plastic and other detritus. They have sailed some 70,000 ocean km, visited almost 30 different countries, crossed the three major oceans of the world, and presented their message of conservation to over 10,000 students in 15 countries. There is heaps of info on the website: www.oceangybe.com Q’s & A’s between Bryson...
The Green Niche

The Green Niche

Surfer Magazine May 2012   Featured Article on Jake Moss’s Eco-boards  ...