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Surfrider Foundation Australia

Surfrider Foundation Australia is a registered not for profit sea-roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education C.A.R.E.

A little over 30 years ago, three passionate surfers in Malibu, California, found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Those three people worked with their local community and Government until they were satisfied that their iconic wave would be preserved. This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation USA, which sparked a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiast to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments.

What’s On

Come join Surfrider Foundation Australia for the annual International Beach Festival in Cronulla, this weekend from 3rd-6th November.

From the WSL Women's Pro Surf Comp, to the Ocean Swim and One Mile Run, there's something for everyone! Surfrider will be hosting a post-event beach clean-up on both Saturday and Sunday at the main beach. Please help us keep this beautiful beach pristine and to educate others on the dangers of plastic pollution in our marine environment. 

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Surfrider is stoked to announce our recent partnership with Shark Shield!

To celebrate our new sponsorship, Shark Shield is offering a free FREEDOM+ Surf bundle to one lucky winner! All new memberships & all membership renewals made during October, November and December will be automatically entered into a drawing to win the Shark Shield's FREEDOM+ Surf bundle. So be sure to renew your membership or to become a new member today!

 

Collaborative Community Beach Clean on October 16th from 3pm at Port Kembla Beach. 

The community groups will be setting up the Marquees along the beach promenade from about 2pm onwards with a 3 pm scheduled start time.

Prizes for the sand sculpting competition from VISSLA, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and Patagonia. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will be setting up a stall too.

Share this event and invite your friends to join us.

COASTAL BLOG

February 22, 2017 12:38 PM

The Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation has announced its fourth annual Eco Challenge Festival to be held on Saturday 1st April at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta (Greenmount) Surf Living Saving Club.

Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is a family friendly, sustainable, solar powered, plastic free, community, surfing lifestyle fundraising event which raises much needed funds for the Gold Coast ocean & beaches conservation organisation.  The event will include the Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge, Live Bands, Hula Dancing coaching & display, Jumping Castle, Raffle prize draws, talks on sustainability, market stalls, children's workshops, sandcastle demonstrations, beach races, free surf lessons and much more.   

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Greg Howell, Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation President and Climate Wave Enterprises Event Director says “This is a really exciting time for us.  People are really becoming aware of the impact that they have on their environment and in particular, our beaches.  This kind of event raises funds which go towards Surfrider Foundation's projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and actively caring for the beaches on the Gold Coast.”

“We’re seeing this event grow year on year and this year is going to be no exception.  But what’s also important to us is demonstrating to the rest of the Gold Coast how you can run such an event and really reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact.  We’ll be ensuring that the energy we use are from renewable energies and we’ll be providing zero waste stations to ensure that as much waste is diverted from landfill as possible.”

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The Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge Gold Coast is leading the way by actioning sustainable/responsible practices similar to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games who follow these same principles and they are combining many of these practices.

In addition to the fundraising element for Surfrider Foundation, the Eco Challenge provides a way for Surf Living Saving Clubs to receive a green legacy. Climate Wave Enterprises the event organisers will instigate to instal a solar energy system on the roof of the clubhouse.  Such an initiative will help reduce the carbon footprint of the clubs and receive savings of around .5 $Million are achievable.

Surfrider Foundation are seeking both business sponsors and volunteers to support the event.  “We can’t do this type of event without the help of our local community”, says Greg. “We’re looking for businesses who can get behind the event through sponsorship or volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time.”

To register your interest in the event, whether that be through holding a stall, sponsoring or volunteering please go to:  http://www.climatewave.com/eco-challenge-apply-here/ 

To find out more about the event go to:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/

 

About the Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge:

Held: Saturday 1st April 7am - 2pm

Location: Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club.  Cnr Marine Parade and Hill St Coolangatta

Activities include:  Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge Live Bands, Hula Dancing, Jumping Castles, market stalls, sand sculpting, talks and workshops.

Seeking:  Sponsorship and Volunteers

Raises funds for: Surfrider Foundation projects including ‘Rise above Plastics’ ‘Dune Care’ ‘Beach Clean Up’s’ and educational activities.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/

 

About Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation Australia is a not for profit grass roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia's ocean, waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education. They are a branch based organisation with over 25 branches and beach representatives Australia wide.

The Gold Coast Tweed Branch is one of Australia's oldest branches with over 20 years' experience in local coastal management issues covering the geographic area between the Southport Seaway to the north and the Brunswick River to the south.

http://www.surfrider.org.au/gold_coast

 

About Climate Wave Enterprises

Climate Wave Enterprises deliver events that comply with sustainable standards. They work with the planet for positive, ethical and social outcomes, and provide a holistic recreational event experience that engages all stakeholders in a journey that will reduce environmental impact whilst having fun.

http://www.climatewave.com  

 

Media Contact:

Greg Howell

President Surfrider Foundation and Event Director Climate Wave Enterprises

Ph: 0414 939 942

Email:  goldcoast@surfrider.org.au

 

Photo opportunity: Dune Cafe, Palm Beach Parklands solar installation provided by Climate Wave Enterprises as a legacy from the Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day event.

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February 18, 2017 9:22 AM

Surfrider Northern Beaches has joined forces with the Victoria-based Clean Ocean Foundation to undertake water testing at Warriewood Beach and is looking for volunteers to collect water samples to be included in the National Outfall Database. UNCLE HUEY WANTS YEUW!

 

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August 12, 2016 5:50 PM

The NSW DPI and local government have began installation of a shark eco-barrier across Lighthouse Beach in Ballina. This shark eco-barrier will run directly through local surfers most utilised resource – Lighthouse Beach’s prized surf break.

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August 04, 2016 5:22 PM

In 2002, we STOOD for the beach and drew a LINE IN THE SAND. Over 3,000 members of the local community came together to protect our beach.SEAWALLS profoundly DAMAGE BEACHES as well as SURF QUALITY. You can see this at Narrabeen/Collaroy right now. We must DEMAND MORE SAND to cover and compensate for the rock seawall. Substantial reserves of suitable sand can be found a few kilometres offshore and could be readily transported to repair the dune-damaged beach...

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Help us achieve 100% protection of our coasts.

Your support will help the Surfrider Foundation gets us one step closer to our vision of protecting 100% of our coasts. And it's a sound investment - for every $1.00 you give to the Surfrider Foundation 87 cents will go directly to support our coasts.

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