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Gold Coast Surfrider Foundation announces their fourth Annual Beach Eco Challenge Festival

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.   


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.

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Surfrider Foundation & Clean Ocean Foundation Join forces to Clean Up Warriewood

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.

Operation "UNCLE HUEY WANTS YEUW!" will focus on sampling the surf-breaks at Warriewood and Turrimetta Beaches immediately after an "overflow event" occurs when partially treated effluent is released from Warriewood Waste Water Treatment Plant typically caused by heavy wet weather. 

Beachwatch has carried out testing along our beaches for many years and water quality has proven to be great most of the time.


Surfrider has long been concerned about partially treated effluent outflowing from Warriewood Plant on rare occasions and by joining forces with Clean Ocean Foundation will be able to test the quality when a bypass takes place due to extreme wet weather or plant failure.

To be able to do this Surfrider is looking for local volunteers who love these beaches and who could react to a text message alert about a bypass event to get to either of these beaches and grab a sample to be sent for testing.


Clean Beaches don't happen by chance and in the case of Warriewood it'll happen through change.

The first step is to get the data then design a course of action to lessen any ill effect that may be shown to exist.

Surfrider has been working on improving water quality at Warriewood with Sydney Water for over 20 years and with some great success. Bypass events are rare, typically around 4 or 5 a year and are usually not picked up by routine testing Beachwatch undertake. We need locals to react to a text alert, grab a sample from the line-up after which it will be couriered to a lab for testing.

The workload will be light but the information gained will be invaluable so we need a little army of collectors to give us the flexibility to ensure that we are picking up samples from each and every bypass event  to properly understand their likely consequences ,or indeed to realise these bypasses pose no serious threat.

Science will show us but we need volunteers to collect the samples. If you reckon you can help register by texting Brendan on 0422 900 501 or email


Read the article: Help Surfrider Water Test at Warriewood


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International Beach Festival in Cronulla

This is an official World Surf League event organised by Fitzgibbons International held at North Cronulla Beach. Being the final event on the WQS, this 6,000 WSL event will all but guarantee a prime line-up of the world's best female surfers competing for a spot on the 2017 World Tour. This is a free event for spectators. There will be lots of activities for the family with a large range of market stalls on the event site.

To get involved with Surfrider Cronulla, please visit the Cronulla Branch FB page or e-mail

For further information on the event, visit: or the event FB page

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Memberships in Oct-Dec: One Lucky Winner to Receive Shark Shield Product

Hey Surfriders! We're excited to announce our recent partnership with Shark Shield.

Lindsay Lyon, Managing Director of Shark Shield says, “Surfrider supports Shark Shield as a non-invasive for the shark, and the fact that is doesn't impact surfing performance or surfboard design. As the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested shark deterrent, it is a highly credible sponsor for this foundation. We are look forward to offering ongoing support.”

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 Shark Shield's FREEDOM+ Surf bundle. So be sure to renew your membership or to become a new member today!

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About the Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf bundle

The design of the all new FREEDOM+ Surf is the result of collaboration with Ocean & Earth and 2 x World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll. The removable power module with LED indication for power on/off and battery life, is housed in the custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, enabling you to move the power module easily between your boards and for recharging. The all important antenna electrodes have been designed into a sticker thin adhesive decal applied to the underside of the surfboard. With a weight of just 250 grams and a near zero drag adhesive decal antenna (only 500 microns thin), there is no impact on your surfing performance. This FREEDOM+ Surf bundle includes everything you need to turn your surfboard into an electrical shark deterrent.

About Shark Shield

Shark Shield is for professional adventurers. It is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield.

For more information, please visit

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Port Kembla Beach Clean 16th Oct from 3pm


The Community groups who are actively taking part in the event are as follows:

* The Surfrider Foundation South Coast Branch
* University of Wollongong Surfrider Club & Society
* Project Waves 4 Water
* Beach Clean Ups Illawarra
* Fair Food Foragers
* FishThinkers
* Intrepid Landcare Illawarra
* ConservationVolunteers Australia
* Responsible Runners Wollongong
* Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Team 
We all share the same vision and want the same outcomes.
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Double Island Clean Up - Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast


Pack your surfboards and camping gear, we're on the beach again on 7-8-9 OCT for the DOUBLE ISLAND CLEAN UP / CAMPING WEEKEND. Book it in your diaries & register your details now. 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting it’s MASSIVE bi-annual / award winning Double Island Clean Up / Camping weekend, Literally hundreds of people converge on the beaches north of Noosa for a 60km beach clean up blitz with FEE Exempt Camping & 4x4 access for all volunteers!
We have conducted many clean ups in the region before, and we’re raising the bar yet again! Of the average 2 TONNES of rubbish and marine debris picked up off the beaches and dunes every 6 months, this time we're helping directly recycle the plastic pollution into furniture through a national partnership being initiated at this event! We will be also recycling as much else as possible and recording our findings through an international database. 

After all the positive activism, volunteers can WIN a share in over $3500 worth of PRIZES in the Complimentary Prize Raffle and as part of Educational Presentations! The local Traditional Owners from Kabi Kabi will also join us for a cultural awareness and community engagement workshop. Plus there is a FREE BBQ & Live Music by the campfire on Saturday arvo to help us celebrate the guaranteed success of the event. 

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. Stay one day 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! 

Register your details to: 
Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:
- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make/model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many tents / campers / etc:
- How many nights ( Fri &/or Sat):

It's that easy. 
Once you register you will be added to the growing list of ocean activists. 
An info pack & your permits will be emailed out in the week prior to event. 
!!!! REGISTRATION CLOSES (for volunteers fee excemptions) Monday 3rd October. So we can have all details to QPWS in time. So don't miss out…. 
Register your family, friends, community group or business now.

FRIDAY. Come set up camp & make it a long weekend….. Clean up starts when you're set up. 
SATURDAY is the main day for most activism and the fun packed evening.
SUNDAY is data collation, rubbish removal and pack down.

For general enquiries, partnerships and interviews please call: 
Craig 0415 670 639 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email:

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Win the Ultimate Quiver raffle


+ 5 board bags, 5 Gorilla tailpads, 5 FSC2 fin sets and 5 leg ropes 

Terry Fitzgerald, classic retro shaped board
Simon Anderson, step-up thruster board
Firewire, Ecoboard
Darren Handley, high-performance board
Bob McTavish, longboard 

All funds raised through the Ultimate Quiver raffle will help Surfrider to run campaigns, education programs and conservation activities as well as to raise further awareness on important coastal issues, such as plastics and pollution. 

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Ballina Branch Formation over Shark Econet Injustice

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. The shark eco-barrier was protested against early this year by the community, including around 150 surfers, who see the barrier not only as a threat to their waves but safety as well. Surfrider Foundation along with other local surfers raised these important concerns at the meeting about risk assessment and safety of surfer. Furthermore, the NSW DPI recently admitted that the eco-barriers are a hazard for swimmers and surfers. But despite all of this, our voice has continued to fall on deaf ears. 

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Injustice for surfers should not be repeated

The approach taken by the NSW Government and Ballina Shire Council to deny surfers a voice in relation to the plastic shark barrier project at Lighthouse Beach should never be repeated.

“Local surfers and ocean enthusiasts have responded to the injustice by establishing a branch of the Surfrider Foundation Australia” said Mark Hernage, President of the Foundation’s new Ballina – Lennox Head Branch.

The Foundation is an international, not for profit community organisation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E). 

Mr Hernage said “it is a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments.  Today, the Surfrider Foundation is active in 18 countries around the world”.

Key policies of the Foundation in Australia are in the areas of:

  • Coastal development and biodiversity conservation
  • Beach and foreshore access
  • Shark control
  • Terrestrial and offshore sand mining and dredging
  • Coal seam gas exploration and exploitation in the coastal zone
  • Personal water craft and tow surfing
  • Environmental release of effluent
  • Storm-water
  • Coastal process intervention
  • Surfing reserves
  • Climate change

Mr Hernage commented that the Minister for Planning said in Parliament when new coastal management legislation was presented that surfers' knowledge of coastal issues demonstrated how significant the surfers were in contributing to our understanding of coastal resources.  He said that a compelling submission by the Surfrider Foundation Australia and its advocacy had improved the legislation.

After 25 years of operation in Australia, Surfrider has proven to be a valuable and significant ‘ear' for government and ‘voice' for coast lovers, be they surfers or other beach users, adding great value to the complex decision making process required in this heavily contested area of land and water management.

“The Foundation has formally sought the agreement of the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Ballina Council that it will be consulted in respect of any project, policy or legislative consideration being considered by the Government that directly relates to the community’s access to and use of coastal resources in the Ballina Shire”, Mr Hernage added. 

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Surfrider Foundation Ballina Branch and are interested on being actively involved in its operations should contact Mark Hernage on 0401290147 or

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Demand SAND for Collaroy/Narrabeen


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.

Please let the council you that you LIKE THE BEACHES SANDY!

Visit: Click Here to have your voice heard.


Surfrider generally agrees with principles of the Draft Coastal Environmental Policy, particularly the preservation and maintenance of beach and surf.


Key issues to be addressed:

  1. Primacy of public beach over property
  2. Requirement for more sand so rock wall exposure is rare


  1. Beach Amenity
  2. Funding for ongoing maintenance especially sand nourishment

Surfrider's general comments:

  • Private properties need to sign off in perpetuity for maintenance of rock walls protecting property removing them from the public beach after every damaging storm event.
  • Private Properties need to be charged an annual fee similar to rates for on going nourishment purposes as walls will damage beach.

** Join Surfrider today to protect the beaches and waves that you love so much.We stand to protect the waves and beaches for ALL people, surfers and beach-lovers alike. Give the coastline your gift today and become a member at Click Here**

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Senate report on Marine Plastic Pollution released

In April 2016, the Senate released the Final Report of its inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution. This inquiry had been initiated by Green's Senator (Tas), Peter Whish-Wilson (a former Director of Surfrider Foundation). Surfrider made a written submission and also gave evidence in-person to the inquiry.


The Committee's report includes 23 recommendations (incorporating all of those made by Surfrider in its submission). The recommendations have received tri-partisan support from the major parties (Coalition/Labor/Greens). It is now up to the Government to commit funds to implementing the recommendations, which include:

  • a ban on single use plastics across all states;
  • banning micro-beads;
  • researching the impact of marine plastic pollution on human health.

For more information, click on the link to the final report. Click Here

RISE ABOVE PLASTICS! To find out how to make your life less plastic to protect our beautiful coastline, please visit: Click here

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