salt gypsy is in the house!

we are over the moon to have our first box of salt gypsy leggings and rashies arrive at surfing tribe! not only do they look fantastic, they are super well made and feel great on. kiwi designer & director of salt gypsy danny clayton's new line is our fav - the recycled collection and the best bit is these beauties are made from econyl - 100% regenerated yarn!

check out the info on this great fabric made from post consumer waste:

pre-consumer waste can be production discards, industrial plastic components and oligomers, but it is with post-consumer waste that the big challenge comes in. post-consumer waste is waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills or abandoned in nature with big environmental problems.

with the ECONYL® regeneration system this material can be recovered which can be carpet fluff (the upper part of carpets), abandoned or spent fishing nets (from all over the world) - and regenerated, giving it a new life and contributing to a cleaner environment.
the fishing nets can come from agreements that are in place with the fish farming industry or from spent or abandoned nets that are recovered from the seas or collected through special projects with fisherman and the fishing communities (healthy seas and net-works™). most of the nets from canada, usa, norway, greece, turkey, egypt, pakistan and thailand.
the other big stream is the one related to fluff (upper part of carpets) that is recovered from spent carpets, especially in the usa.

the ECONYL® regeneration system is a unique chemical and mechanical process that allows to create regenerated yarn from waste keeping the same purity and characteristics of nylon coming from virgin raw material. with this yarn, numerous textile products can be created with a double advantage for the environment. from one side waste material is used in a smart way that would otherwise remain wasted in the environment, and from the other side, precius raw material is saved that is normally used in the production of nylon.

environmental benefits

for every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® caprolactam (the raw material used), these are the environmental benefits obtained:
- 12.6 thousand tons of waste are eliminated
- 70 thousand barrels of crude oil are saved
- 42 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent emissions are avoided
- 865 thousand GJ on total process energy are saved
(based on aquafil's 2013 EPDs and compared with the average aquafil virgin product. aquafil internal data).

in 2015, the production of ECONYL® caprolactam (our prime material) will save:
-more than 100,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions, equal to a car circumnavigating the equator more than 15,000 times.
-more than 2 million gj of energy, equal to the energy demand of citizens of rome for about 10 days.

every ton of fishing net recovered and regenerated, will produce enough yarn for:

- more than 26,000 pair of socks. (with 50% ECONYL® yarn content)
- more than 1,000 m2 of carpet (total pile weight: 600g/m2)
the official numbers and figures can be updated so it is better to check on this page 

from ocean waste to ocean style! 

photo of grace murdoch by shannon cavarocchi

riz - ethically sourced & sustainable surfwear

we absolutely love these boardshorts!! made from 100% recycled and recyclable fabric, these boardies are made by the tailors of sunshine, riz. crafted from eco friendly fabrics and digitally printed with earth friendly inks.

in addition to producing beautiful boardies & working from the awesome company principles of sustainability, substance & style, riz also contribute to the eden project, the marine conservation society and the wave project, making them a company we are wrapt to work with in aotearoa.

riz boardshorts - swimwear with soul


“this is what you shall do; love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning god, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

walt whitman

haere mai 2016

kia hora te marino

kia whakapapa pounamu te moana 

kia tere te karohirohi i mua i to huarahi


let the calm be widespread 

let the sea glisten like greenstone

and the sun ever dance along your pathway


photo annie b @ surfing tribe

whalefest kaikoura 14-15 november 2015

whalefest kaikoura is an annual event dedicated to learning about, conserving and celebrating whales and dolphins of aotearoa. this year we will be holding it at the kaikoura memorial hall on the weekend of the 14th - 15th november! we have some great speakers lined up, stalls in the memorial hall and plenty of time to head out and enjoy the beautiful dolphins and whales of kaikoura! it will be a great weekend and we hope to see you there! surfing tribe will be there supporting the theme of reducing plastic use and decreasing waste that ends up in the marine environment. 

head to barbara todd's whales and dolphins of aotearoa book here.


9ft & single 2015

this is the second year we have had the pleasure to go to the deus 9ft and single, which was yet again sublime and made even better by having the company of a really great crew of south island kiwis.

ambrose & toddy surfed in the comp, were a part of anything & everything and absolutely sucked the marrow out of the event. brad was a star, taking the little known art of surf caddying to new heights in his headband & red short shorts.  On finals night he was also responsible for one of the most incredible dance floor caterpillars ever seen on this planet.

new found friend loz (spread the froth) from ozzie took out the goldfish kick board at old man's at the fish fry and body surfed up a storm in the womp comp. of note loz's "#spread the froth" is a cool and much needed initiative that promotes camaraderie in the surf and it was great to meet briefly with salt gypsy's kiwi born danielle and hear about the recent awesome "surf and social good summit' held in bali aimed at fostering the unifying power of surfing to connect and bring about positive impact globally.

as to be expected, the surfing throughout was just something else to see and apart from cheering on ambrose, toddy & loz, our favourite event was the wahine surfing. brad, dave, ed, lili, jt, tony and i (happily joined by tegan, molly & claudia on the last day) were the official mostly kiwi cheer team. it was a complete blast to be there with such awesome people but credit needs to go to the deus team who share their fabulous hospitality and manakitanga with us all - we are hugely grateful. 

photo annie b @ surfing tribe


two of our favourites

Intimasea from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

a little bit of magic from two of our favourites.

beautiful surfsuits from seea and awesome cinematography by nathan oldfield. 

you can find our beautiful seea collection here

and our nathan oldfield films; seaworthy here 

and the heart and the sea here 

hit the full screen button & enjoy!


single fin mingle

surfing tribe are super stoked to be a small part (women's division prizes & the movie night at the hollywood) of this new but perfectly formed event the single fin mingle, beautifully put together by ambrose mcneill and friends. a beautiful weekend full of logging movies, single fins, a great range of awesome local musical talent, wicked surfing and generally chilled out great fun. check out jono smit's awesome capture of the event below. great people and great weekend!

Single Fin Mingle 2015 from Jono Smit on Vimeo.


seventhwave retro


we think seventhwave make the best, warmest wetsuits on the planet so we're super pleased to be able to bring to you their retro jacket for some sliding warmth and style.

we love the retro jacket - it captures the old school look of a surfing past, with the feel and function of modern materials. made of 2mm yamamoto scs smoothie with n2 underarm gussets, this item is stylishly designed to look good and feel even better.

with a curved shirt tail, full front zip with padding to prevent discomfort on the board, added length in the body and custom silver printing, this jacket is the bomb. wear it with your boards or with a long john when the temp gets a bit cooler.

there's also a sneaky wee boardshort loop on the inside of the jacket to minimise it riding up in the water - what more could you want.

glide in style with this retro-inspired jacket

seventhwave are an awesome nz company based in chch, who have been looking after kiwi surfers in some of the most extreme surfing conditions since 1987. they are the experts on keeping you warm in the water. if you're looking for a full wetsuit, head over to their website at as their custom wetsuits are top quality and they last the distance - we all wear them here and it will be a decision you won't regret.