This past weekend and on Monday, June 20th, more than 100 events nationwide and nearly 50 additional Surfrider-led events around the world celebrated the 12th annual International Surfing Day. International Surfing Day brings communities together from around the globe to celebrate surfing and enjoy our beaches. More so, it's a day when Surfrider volunteers, staff, supporters and members can take a moment to reflect on the impact we've all made, the campaigns we've all won and the beaches we've all protected.
We've got a lot to celebrate! Over the past decade Surfrider has won 352 victories for our coasts. And we're actively engaged in over 100 campaigns from coast to coast. Yes, you read that right! Our network of coastal defenders are protecting our special coastal places, ensuring that our ocean is healthy and wild, keeping pollution out of the water and making sure every beach is clean and accessible for all to enjoy.
International Surfing Day, held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice, is an unofficial, environmentally conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing and the sustainability of ocean resources. The day is observed with surf contests, barbecues, film screenings and other surf-related activities. Surfers and ocean recreation enthusiasts also use the day to give back to the environment by organizing beach clean-ups, dune and habitat restoration and other activities such as lobbying to maintain the recreation and coastal areas to help contribute to the vision of 100% protection of the coast.
More than a million people have helped clean up 20 tons of trash in more than 30 countries at these events. International Surfing Day is one of the largest global activations on the planet with Surfrider events taking place in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK, Argentina, Japan and more than 90 events activated in the United States. This year, Surfrider has partnered with U.S. Embassies and Consulates to plan programming which raises awareness of threats to the health of the ocean while celebrating International Surfing Day.
A huge thank you to the thousands of participants in this year's International Surfing Day and for your continued support in helping to protect the ocean, waves and beaches for the future.