Surfers take pride in their environmentally-friendly lifestyle, right? They are always taking part in beach cleans, ocean preservation projects and forming organisations like the Surfrider Foundation.
But, as much as it pains the avid ocean dweller to hear it, surfing contributes to climate change in a fairly big way. The average surfer’s carbon footprint is a whopping 50 per cent bigger than the average citizen, according to researchers.
Tobias Schultz’s ‘The Surfboard Cradle-to-Grave’ project revealed that a typical surfer emits 10 tonnes of CO2 per year just from surfing.
Chemical resin surfboards and petroleum-based wetsuits aside, surfers have a habit of flying to the furthest corners of the planet, meaning they are adding on to their personal CO2 emissions.