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Fight for the Bight

Fight for the Bight


The Bight is no place for risky deepwater drilling. You probably remember images of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the US. It was an environmental disaster, spewing millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed Equinor drill in the Bight is twice as deep as Deepwater in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, making it extra risky.

In November, the ABC revealed a leaked internal report, prepared by Equinor, that showed an oil spill in the Bight could reach Victoria’s shorelines including the Great Ocean Road and Port Philip Bay and as far as Sydney’s beaches, and completely encircle Tasmania.

Equinor is putting coastal communities, fisheries, whales and sea creatures in danger from experimental oil drilling.



  • 17th March Sunday: Burleigh Heads
  • 23rd March Saturday: Newcastle
  • 24th March Sunday:  Melbourne
  • 30th March Saturday: Adelaide
  • 31st March Sunday: Perth
  • 6th April Saturday: Hobart
  • 7th April Sunday: Sydney under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Endangered Waves - Blog Update - December, 2018

Endangered Waves - Campaign Update, December 2018

From heading to King Island in Tasmania opposing a proposed Salmon Farm just around from Martha Lavinia, to picking up tonnes of left over waste in the national park surrounding Double Island Point as a result of overuse, to standing on the beach in South Newcastle where a skate bowl is proposed to be built...on the beach!

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Endangered Waves - December 2018

From heading to King Island in Tasmania opposing a proposed Salmon Farm just around from Martha Lavinia, to picking up tonnes of left over waste in the national park surrounding Double Island Point as a result of overuse, to standing on the beach in South Newcastle where a skate bowl is proposed to be built...on the beach!

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Sun Run Cole Classic

Sun Run Cole Classic


Surfrider Foundation Australia is proud to support Sydney Morning Herald’s Sun Run & Cole Classic, being held 2-3 February 2019. With Surfrider’s support, the event will be as environmentally friendly as possible to protect Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches.

Held on consecutive days, the fun, family friendly, community events offer something for every fitness level. Encouraging family and community groups to get involved, competitors can choose from a range of distances and take part as an individual or a team.

Avid walkers and runners will kick off the fitness festivities, pounding the pavement in two spectacular Sun Run events; the 7km and 10km fun runs along the picturesque coastline. Both distances will start at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club and finish beside the iconic Manly Life Saving Club.

Following a highly successful inaugural year, which sold out in record time, the Aquathlon will return in 2019, giving participants the chance to challenge themselves across both running and swimming, in one event.

Australia’s most historic and famous ocean swim event, the Cole Classic, will return for its 36th year and see entrants taking to Manly’s refreshing ocean waters in 1km, 2km and 5km events, commencing at the beautiful Shelly Beach and finishing in front of Manly Life Saving Club.

In 2019, for the first time, the iconic weekend event will introduce a brand new event for kids, the Banana Boat SwimKids Series. Encouraging little swimmers to get involved in one of Australia’s largest ocean swims, mini competitors can choose from a 100m swim/wade event for 7 – 8 year olds; a 200m swim event for 9 – 10 year olds; and a 300m swim event for 11 – 12 year olds.

The range of short and challenging distances offers something for everyone and provides a way for the community to celebrate the ocean, get fit and have a bit of fun at the same time. The event will also feature a village expo on Manly’s famous promenade for supporters and participants to relax and enjoy throughout the exciting weekend. Surfrider will be there on the day, celebrating the festivities in the village expo.

Fairfax Sport, in partnership with Surfrider, will be holding a community beach clean following the event, and are encouraging participants, families and friends to join to help keep our oceans clean.

Registrations for all events are now open.

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RIP and eternal Respect Matty Stahmer

RIP and Eternal Respect Matty Stahmer

We lost a beautiful man this morning surfing his beloved St Andrews.

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Respect Point Impossible Documentary

Respect Point Impossible Documentary

A film about culture, community, conservation and surfers working together to protect a special part of the coast.

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BL's Blast Off 2018

BL's Blast Off 2018

BL’s Blast Off is a pre junior surfing festival that is a fun-filled Spring school holiday program designed and organised by 1988 World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch to celebrate the coming of summer and contribute to Australia’s rich surfing heritage. In it’s 13th year, Blast Off is for boys and girls 14 years and under and promises a school holiday activity like no other.

The aim is to introduce young surfers to the world of competition but in a friendly and encouraging environment that focuses on surf improvement and family fun.

Major sponsors include Hurley, Beecraft, GoPro, Amazon Power, SunBum, Spy Optics, Surf Meal Co, Lifestyle Business Services, Health Space, Future Fins, Beach Without Sand,, Surfing World Magazine, Perfect Wave Travel Co, Streetboardz, Lost by Mayhem, Komunity Project.

BL’s Blast Off runs every Spring school holidays and in 2018 will run from Tuesday 2nd Oct to Friday 5th Oct at Whale Beach NSW, with Palm Beach and Avalon as the back up venues.

Divisions include Boys 14’s, 12’s, 10’s, 8’s and 6s and Girls 14, 12’s, 10’s, 8s and 6’s.

In 2018, the 13th annual BL's Blast Off will run from Tuesday 2nd through Friday 5th October, at Palm Beach, Whale Beach or Avalon Beach NSW, conditions pending.

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Thank You, St Kilda Park Primary Year 6

Thank You, St Kilda Park Primary Year 6

Olivia, Loli, Teddy, Raff and Josh (The Year 6 St Kilda Park Primary St Kilda Peer Leadership Group), recently hosted a screening of Blue The Film, which 275 people attended. They have raised an amazing $231.90, which they have donated to Surfrider Foundation Australia, Specifically in support of our Rise Above Plastics campaign.

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International Surfing Day 2018

Intenational Surf Day

Saturday June 16th 2018

Every day, the Surfrider Foundation and our volunteer activist network work to protect our coasts. On International Surfing Day, we pause to celebrate and enjoy the beaches and waves that we all love. This year, while we band together to share the stoke of surfing, we also aim to raise awareness of urgent threats to our precious coastline, like new offshore oil drilling.

The theme of this year’s ISD is “Protect & Enjoy.” Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.


Host an International Surfing Day event at your favorite beach and invite your friends to protect & enjoy!


This year, help us share the stoke that the beach gives to you. Head to the beach, take someone surfing for the first time, participate in a beach cleanup and make your voice heard.


Support Surfrider and our network of coastal defenders who protect what you love!

Donate here

Austinmer Beach Cleanup

Event Details:

Austinmer Beach 2515, NSW
June 16th at 9am - 11am

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Cafes getting on board with Surfrider’s  Rubbish 4 Coffee

Tommy Schoeb with Surf Rider Foundation Manly member Jude Furniss

A new initiative rewards people with a cup of coffee if they collect a bucket of rubbish from the beach.

The brainchild of Surf Rider Foundation Manly, 10 cafes, two coffee suppliers and a brewery have signed up in the first week.

Popular local cafes along the beach including Hemingway’s, The Boathouse and The Bower Restaurant are turning customers into civic-minded cleaners.

Theo Gibson, manager at Hemingway’s, said it takes five minutes to fill a two kilo bucket with rubbish left on the sand.

“It’s an initiative to pull people in, pick up rubbish and get something from it,” he said.

“There are bins on the steps, but people leave wrappers, straws and beer bottles on the beach or rocks to be swept away that evening. It’s an issue that needs to be looked and the locals want to be part of it.

“For us to give away a coffee for their hard work and effort isn’t much. In the evening, we give them a beer from 4Pines.”

The local brewery, which has a zero waste strategy, also supplies the plastic buckets as a way to upcycle them.

Jude Furniss, president of the Surf Rider Foundation Manly, said it is raising awareness of plastic pollution.

“When people see first-hand how much rubbish is on the beach, even though it looks pretty clean, it imparts the message about changing habits,” she said.

“People take ownership for their own backyard and reduce their plastic footprint.”

The first phase of the project is the northern beaches but there are plans to take it nationwide.

“It’s a template any community can adopt pretty easily,” Ms Furniss said.

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