June 13 2019
Surfrider’s ISD events will take place worldwide in recognition of surfing and the protection of our ocean and coasts
On Saturday, June 15, the Surfrider Foundation and international affiliates will host events worldwide in recognition of the 15th International Surfing Day (ISD) to celebrate the sport of surfing and the protection of clean water and healthy beaches. Held every year on the third Saturday of June, the global holiday founded by the Surfrider Foundation brings communities together to enjoy coastal recreation and raise awareness of urgent threats to the coasts.
This year, the Surfrider Foundation is joining forces with WSL PURE, the World Surf League’s non-profit arm, which stands for Protecting, Understanding and Respecting the Environment, to raise awareness of the climate crisis and encourage everyone to take the pledge to #StopTrashingWaves. Global events will include symbolic paddle outs at key locations to demonstrate the shared vision keeping our ocean and beaches healthy and vibrant for the future.
“Surfrider’s volunteer-led network of coastal defenders worldwide are taking action every day to be ocean stewards of our natural playground,” said Surfrider’s Marketing Director, Eddie Anaya. “This International Surfing Day, we’re banding together to bring as many people to the beach as possible to enjoy the stoke of surfing and encourage everyone to contribute to protecting our coastlines.”
Established in 2005 by the Surfrider Foundation, International Surfing Day has grown into a worldwide activation with up to 200 events in more than 30 countries with over one million participants in the last decade. ISD celebrations have taken place in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK, Argentina, Japan, and coastal communities across the U.S.
“Last week, the WSL announced our commitments to go carbon neutral globally, eliminate single-serve plastic from our events, and leave every beach better than we found it,” said the Executive Director of WSL PURE, Reece Pacheco. “This is our way to #stoptrashingwaves and together with Surfrider, we’re calling on surfers around the world to join us in this commitment and show the world that the surf community is here to protect our ocean.”
For more information and to find the nearest event, visit Surfrider’s International Surfing Day map and website at www.surfrider.org/isd.
About the Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than a million supporters, activists and members, with over 170 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs in the U.S., and more than 500 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org.
About WSL PURE
PURE stands for Protecting, Understanding, and Respecting the Environment, and is the non-profit arm of the WSL. Founded in 2016, WSL PURE is on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower ocean protection, starting with the global surf community. WSL PURE is specifically focused on the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and coastal ruin. PURE leverages the WSL’s incredible platform to shine a light on the people making a difference -- environmentalists, athletes, advocacy organizations, communities, individuals -- and collaborates with world-class, non-profit partners including the Surfrider Foundation. For more information, please visit wslpure.org.