Celebrate International Surfing Day – you’ve earned it! The first step is to get out of the office and on to the beach. Second step, bring a friend who has never surfed before to share the stoke. Third, help someone catch a wave and deepen their relationship with the ocean, all in the spirit of Surfrider Foundation‘s International Surfing Day (ISD).
The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network, encourages everyone to share the soul of surfing and love for our coastal environments.
In the words of ISD Ambassador Kelly Slater, “I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.”
Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, ISD has gone from just a handful of local observances to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide. It is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing, providing the perfect excuse to paddle out with friends, enjoy the day, and give back no matter where you live.
This year, surfers and beach-goers world wide are encouraged to get involved to celebrate 10 years of surfing stoke and to take a moment to look at how our individual actions can impact the health and longevity of our ocean playground.
“The greatest lessons in my life were taught and shared at the ocean,” said big wave champion Greg Long. “My dad was a lifeguard and respect for the ocean was ingrained in me at an early age. He ensured I never lost sight of how fortunate I was to live near the ocean. Most importantly, he taught me that we can’t take our oceans for granted.”
Long recommends supporting the Surfrider Foundation to help encourage awareness and ocean protections.
“We sometimes assume our oceans are pristine, healthy and accessible and they’ll just stay that way. Sadly, that’s far from the truth. Our beaches face very real threats… Surfrider’s passionate coastal activists dedicate their lives to protecting and preserving our oceans.”
Surfrider Foundation engages with surfers and coastal enthusiasts to challenge the way people think about the coastal environments they enjoy. Surfrider connects people’s coastal passions, whether that be surfing, swimming, snorkeling or walking along the beach, to the very environment that makes these activities possible.
To be a part of International Surfing Day, Surfrider is asking surfers and ocean enthusiasts simply to have a party, dinner, lunch, BBQ, big or small and share the stoke.
“We want surfers to stand up and to realize the connection between protecting our environment and the sport they enjoy,” Brendan Donohoe said, the Chairman of Surfrider Foundation Australia. “If they don’t care enough to take action about the waves and beaches they surf and love who do they expect will? Surfers should have a powerful say in the future of our coastline.”