April 18 2011
The long warm days of summer are right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by waxing your board on June 20, and catching some waves in honor of the 7th Annual International Surfing Day.
Founded seven years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day (ISD) unites surfers from around the world in celebration of the sport of surfing. As is tradition with the annual holiday, surfers do their part to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through various organized events such as cleanups and restoration projects hosted by the Surfrider Foundation.
Founded in 2005 with only 16 domestic and one international location, ISD has since exploded to more than 200 events in 26 countries in 2010, including unexpected locations such as Sweden, Mauritius, Korea, West Africa and Taiwan. In addition to becoming truly “international” in scope, the Surfrider Foundation uses ISD to host a special membership drive and since 2007 has signed up nearly 4,000 new members.
“It is incredible to see how much International Surfing Day continues to grow each year,” says Laura Mazzarella, Surfrider Foundation’s Marketing Manager. “Participants have the opportunity to make ISD their own by hosting any number of fun events, and show people that no matter where they live, we can all help protect our beaches and coastlines."
This year, International Surfing Day is proud to announce its newest national sponsor, Barefoot Wine. For more than 20 years, Barefoot Wine has been an active supporter of the Surfrider Foundation through various initiatives, including the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.
"We are proud to support an initiative that brings the world together to give back and have fun,” said Jennifer Wall, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly’s winemaker. “With the help of director Jason Baffa, we will be capturing footage at select beaches taking part in ISD to create ‘One Beach,’ a film series about a global community coming together to keep our beaches barefoot-friendly through optimism and creativity."
The Surfrider Foundation, Surfing Magazine and Barefoot Wine make the 7th Annual International Surfing Day possible.