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Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 07:00 AM
Tweed Heads & Coolangatta (Greenmount) Surf Living Saving Club

Gold Coast Eco Challenge 2017

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. To find out more about the event go to:

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.   


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.”


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: 

To find out more about the event go to:


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.



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.


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.  


Media Contact:

Greg Howell

President Surfrider Foundation and Event Director Climate Wave Enterprises

Ph: 0414 939 942



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.


Friday, May 05, 2017 at 05:00 PM through May 08, 2017
Double Island Point

Sunshine Coast Double Island Point Clean Up



Pack your surfboards and camping gear, for the 10th DOUBLE ISLAND CLEAN UP / CAMPING WEEKEND 5-6-7 May 2017
Book it in your diaries & register your details now. 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend, where quite literally hundreds of people converge along the beaches from Noosa Northshore - Double Island Point, for a 60km beach clean up blitz with FEE Exempt Camping & 4x4 access for all volunteers! On average 2 TONNES of rubbish and marine debris are picked up off this paradise every 6 months by all of us and loaded away in tippers by the legends at QPWS. We also get to sorting, recycling and recording our findings through Tangaroa Blue's database. Clean up bags are supplied and tip fees in kind thanks to Noosa and Gympie councils.

On Saturday afternoon we all get together to reward everyone for the massive effort they've undertaken and have a bit of fun too! Volunteers can WIN a share in over $2000 worth of PRIZES donated in the Complimentary Prize Raffle and as part of Educational Presentations, with games and activities for the kids.

The educational component ties in too, discussing the issues of marine debris, our plastic footprint, and the increasing recreational pressure for "D.I." over recent years that has led to serious concerns about environmental damage, public safety (including health risks), and visitor expectations. This is an open forum with information & petitions for everyone, that we also invite all to attend from: Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi; QPWS; & the Councils.

It's a WIN, WIN for everyone, but most importantly for our oceans, beaches and all biomass! ALL WELCOME! Bring your family and friends and help us spread the word. Come for a day trip or make it a long weekend, it's your call. Let’s have a great weekend in paradise together and help to keep this magical place clean, now and into the future! 


1. You register your details with us (see below), 
2. We put that info on a spreadsheet to send to QPWS, so you're covered under our activity permit. 
3. Turn up, help out, enjoy!

FRIDAY. Beach Clean Up
SATURDAY. Beach Clean Up. Activities & Presentations. BBQ, Live Music & communal campfire.
SUNDAY. Data collation. Rubbish removal and pack down.

We'll have a marquee located on the beach at "Surfrider HQ", where you can sign in, grab your gear and head off to start cleaning. Once you've filled your bags, bring them back and grab your raffle tickets…. Tiered prize categories will be set out for the amount of bags returned & tickets you collect, so go nuts!


Register your details to: 
Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:
- Name/s:
- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make & model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many structures (tents, camper trailers, etc):
- How many nights (Fri &or Sat):
- Mobile phone number and email address, and post code.

Once you register you will be added to the growing list of ocean activists and an info pack & your permits will be emailed out in the week prior to event. 
!!!! REGISTRATION CLOSES (for volunteers fee excemptions) Monday 1st May. So we can have all details to QPWS in time. So don't miss out…. 
Register your family, friends, community group or business now.
It must be remembered that volunteers do not receive a free Permit. Instead, volunteers are receiving a Permit in exchange for ‘unpaid’ work. We value the hard work of the volunteers just as much as the volunteers appreciate their hard-earned Permit. We reserve the right to assess the contents of the bags returned, in view of issuing reward BBQ and Raffle Tix. We are sure, there will be no problems with this in 2017. 

For general enquiries, Tee Shirt Sales, Partnerships, and media please call: 
Craig 0434 587 756 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email:


Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 07:00 AM
South Stradbroke Island

Gold Coast Sth. Straddie Cleanup


South Straddie Beach Clean Up is a large scale Beach Clean Up on South Stradbroke Island Sunday 21st May 2017. We propose this event to be a fun filled day inclusive of educational activities, cleaning of beach, BBQ, informative speeches, live music, surfing and prizes for participants. 


Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Austinmer Beach

South Coast Hands Across the Sand



The Surfrider Foundation South Coast invites everyone to participate in the 2016 Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12 noon on Austinmer Beach. Please join us to send a message to our leaders that deep sea drilling in the Great Australian Bight is too risky. While we are there, we will also do a quick beach clean!

BP has plans to begin deep sea exploration drilling in our Great Australian Bight in late 2016. Although they have been rejected twice, they are continuing to appeal. BP wants to drill four exploration wells up to 2.5 kilometres deep off South Australia's west coast but regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), has knocked back BP's latest environmental plan.
It can modify and resubmit the plan by the middle of July, which NOPSEMA said was a normal part of the process.

The Great Australian Bight is considered to be one of the most pristine marine environments on earth, a sanctuary recognised internationally for its amazing animals including southern right whales and their calves, blue and humpback whales and Australian sea lions.

Drilling for oil could devastate our marine and coastal environments, fishing and tourism industries and carries the potential for a catastrophic oil spill. We need to protect our environment, secure our marine sanctuaries, and invest in renewables for a better future.

This event is part of an international day of action, calling on the world to say NO to dirty fossil fuels and YES to clean energy! Learn more about the international movement at

On Saturday May 21 at 12 noon, people will join hands for 15 minutes on beaches all over the world to champion clean energy solutions to our filthy fuels problem that affect our oceans. This is not a protest but a gathering; it is organised locally by volunteers.


Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 12:00 AM through June 09, 2017

World Oceans Day

Surfrider is looking forward to celebrating World Oceans Day on June 8th! More events are to be posted at a later date: 

South Coast at Coledale Beach (10:30-11:30am) with the Coledale Community



Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 AM through June 21, 2017

International Surfing Day 2017

In 2005, the first International Surfing Day was initiated by Surfrider globally, celebrating surfing and coastal conservation on the 20th of June.

Surfrider is very excited to celebrate the 13th anniversary of International Surfing Day on June 20th! Most of the local Surfrider branches will be holding events on this day of which are to be posted at a later date. Come volunteer and help us celebrate and reflect on what we've achieved so far!


Saturday, July 01, 2017 at 12:00 AM through July 02, 2017

Plastic Free July

Surfrider is excited to participate in Plastic Free July! Many branches will be having events for this month-long campaign and will be posted at a later date. 

At the Surfrider Foundation Manly Branch, the Rise Above Plastics Campaign with SO Manly will take place during Plastic Free July! More details to come.


Friday, September 01, 2017 at 12:00 AM through September 03, 2017

Capricorn Coast Five Rocks Clean-Up

The 5 Rocks Beach Clean Up weekend is on 1-3 September 2017. We are happy to say that the Sunshine Coast branch will be helping out with this event!

The beach cleanup includes recycling and databasing. Help clean the beaches, dunes and 4x4 tracks and care for the dunes with us. As well as helping out, it's you're weekend to chillax, surf, fish, whatever. We come here in the first place because we love it and have for decades. This is exactly why we have to protect and enhance it! 


Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM through October 15, 2017

Sunshine Coast Double Island Cleanup Weekend

The Sunshine Coast Branch will be hosting another Double Island Cleanup weekend event. For details will be posted closer to the date. Come volunteer and help out!


Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Port Kembla Beach Promenade

Illawarra Clean Beach Festival

The South Coast branch will be hosting the Illawarra Clean Beach Festival on November 12 at 9am. Come by and help out! More details to come closer to the date. 



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