On a 4’6” Speed Square, Dave Rastovich finds refuge from the scorching sun of the Bay of Bengal. NATHAN OLDFIELD


These days you can watch a swell come to life with a few taps of your thumb, but finding out how your surf gear is made is still next to impossible. To promote transparency and support workers in our supply chain, all of our board shorts and bikinis are now made in Fair Trade Certified facilities.

It’s another world first for Patagonia, and it means that for every piece we make, we pay a premium that workers can use to elevate their standard of living. The certification also requires factories to comply with a strict set of standards for safe working conditions and environmental responsibility.

Fair Trade costs us a bit more—but we believe it’s worth every cent.

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Dave Rastovich at one of our source factories in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. JARRAH LYNCH

Know Better, Do Better
By Dave Rastovich

As I step into MAS Active-Leisureline, a Fair Trade Certified factory that makes Patagonia products near Colombo, Sri Lanka, the first thing that confronts my senses is the sound. Row after row of clamorous cutting and sewing machinery is being operated by a few hundred workers, all dressed in bright green uniforms and working under white florescent light.

Sri Lankan music competes with the machinery for acoustic dominance on the factory floor. I’m standing in the midst of the racket to understand more clearly where our surf gear comes from, who makes it and how the workers are treated.


A Film About Lives Transformed by the Sea

Wearing an aquatic beard of wisdom earned from countless days in the sea, Dave Rastovich comes up for air at Teahupo’o, Tahiti. DONNIE HEDDEN
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Kohl Christensen, Ben Wilkinson and Casey Goepel wait for a break between sets on an early morning go-out at Waimea Bay. O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. JUAN LUIS DE HEECKEREN

One Day the Eddie Ran

Belinda Baggs eyes the next section at a shallow reef break in eastern Indonesia. TOMMY SCHULTZ
Dan Ross pumps through a cask of France’s finest at La Graviere. AL MACKINNON
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Our natural rubber is sourced from plantations that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance. It’s helping us craft a cleaner future for the surf industry—a future based on renewable materials instead of conventional, nonrenewable neoprene. TIM DAVIS

We grow our own.

After patiently waiting for the winds to determine the moment of departure, Hōkūle‘a leaves Honolulu for Hilo and the first leg of the Worldwide Voyage. JOHN BILDERBACK