I am with Surfrider because I love my local beach and I feel it's my duty to protect & look after it.
Craig Macintyre Sunshine Coast Branch, Queensland, Volunteer Since: 2008
Q: Why and when did you get involved with the Surfrider Foundation? Originally I started with Surfrider with a membership and became a supporter of the foundation like that. Going to local coast care group's dune planting sessions and a couple of beach cleans was my ignition. It was when my son (who was 2 at the time) gifted me with a handful of ciggy butts off our favorite beach it gave me a bit more incentive to be more involved with Surfrider and localised activism.
Q: What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches? Plastic Pollution on our beaches is a big one, as in any location on the planet. I'd say 80% or more of every beach clean up is made up of all sorts of plastics, in all sorts of sizes and stages of breaking down; or breaking up into smaller pieces. Water quality issues and management along the beach is of high concern. In constant focus is ANY development or hard infrastructure along the coastline, which issues can be unknown to the general public, and in particular how it will effect surfers and beach goers.
Q: What Surfrider projects have you worked on? The Bi-annual Double Island Clean Up / Camping Weekend; the Eco Challenge Festivals on Sunshine & Gold Coasts; Educational campaigns and presentations in schools and at events; and am currently designing and illustrating a Kids Activity book that'll be free for all and aim to transcend age groups.
Q: What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.e., campaign, program, victory)? I'm stoked to say that both the Double Island Clean Up and Eco Challenge are great successes with genuine and integral motivations. Double Island has grown from a small beach clean up to a major event over a 3 day weekend that involves over 250 people and incorporates beach clean up (2T+ every clean up), dune care, education, kids and family activities, live music, free stuff and giveaways all while making our favorite paradise a better place. The Eco Challenge is an event that focuses on sustainability and ecological lifestyle, business, culture and event management practices, with wooden surfboard comp, skate comp, live music, workshops, guest speakers and highlights all the work of Surfrider and all other local coast care and enviro/activist groups.
Q: What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider? Surfrider Foundation is all about protecting and enhancing our beaches and oceans, our playgrounds. I love my local beach and feel privileged to live here, therefor I feel it's my duty to protect & look after it. What sort of world am I to leave to my kids?…. As cliché as it may sound, our individual actions changes the world, so get amongst it! Some might say, someone needs to do something about that, then they realise that they are somebody.
Q: Will you complete the following sentence: I am Surfrider because…….. Hmmm, I am Surfrider because I am you. I believe we're all connected, and if you're on or near the coast I know you're connected to the ocean in whatever way. Whether it's surfing or fishing or a daily walk on the beach, we all share the same passion and for this reason alone without any outside influence we shall conserve and protect it. I am Surfrider because I love my coast and can't imagine life without.