April 28 2010
On June 20th, surfers worldwide will welcome the long warm days of summer and accompanying swells by paddling out and catching waves in honor of the Sixth Annual International Surfing Day (ISD).
Founded six years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day 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 clean-ups and restoration projects hosted by the Surfrider Foundation.
“We started it as a way to get back to the basics, enjoy a day at the beach and help preserve our oceans,” says ISD Co-Founder Evan Slater.
Since its beginnings in 2005 with only 14 domestic and 4 international locations, ISD has grown in heaps and bounds to record over 105 worldwide events in 2009, and engage countries 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 3,000 new members.
“The success and growth since our inaugural International Surfing Day is phenomenal,” says Laura Mazzarella, Surfrider Foundation’s Marketing Manager. “Each year we incorporate new locations and activations into the mix, allowing us to inspire more people to care for their beaches and coastlines, and show them how they can make a difference.”
“While most of us spend every day of the year celebrating ISD, it’s always nice to dedicate an entire day to appreciating the wonderful lifestyle we all live as surfers,” adds Travis Ferré, Editor, Surfing Magazine. “It’s a great opportunity to preserve and enjoy the ocean at once. And as we move into our sixth year, my main goal is to inspire more youth participation. They’re the future and will bring a whole new enthusiasm to the day we celebrate being surfers.”
The Sixth Annual International Surfing Day is made possible by Vitamin Water, Earthpack, Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation.
About SURFING Magazine
Founded in 1964, SURFING Magazine is the global leader in coverage of progressive surfing. SURFING is the official magazine of the National Scholastic Surfing Association and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The magazine's unique properties include International Surfing Day, Shaper of the Year, Art of Surfing, Heat, Surfing TV, and SURFING's Annual Swimsuit Issue. The magazine is published 12 times a year by Source Interlink Media’s Action Sports Group (ASG), the dominant force in the action sports and adventure sports arenas, reaching more than 2 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. www.surfingmagazine.com.