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, Coastalwatch.com, 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.
For information visit: https://blblastoff.com.au/Read more
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 EVENT
Host an International Surfing Day event at your favorite beach and invite your friends to protect & enjoy!
SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE
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.
MAKE A DONATION
Support Surfrider and our network of coastal defenders who protect what you love!
Austinmer Beach Cleanup
Austinmer Beach 2515, NSW
June 16th at 9am - 11am
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.Read more
EarthWalker Cafe & Co has become Australia's first Ocean Friendly #surfrideroceanfriendly business.
Surfrider South Coast Branch in conjunction with @boomerangalliance and @plasticfreewollongong
have just implemented an exciting new programme to encourage cafes, restaurants, markets and festivals to ditch the single-use plastic habit and source local and sustainable foods.
With research suggesting that 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish, Surfrider Foundation Australia created the Ocean Friendly program to stop excessive plastic entering our waterways.
This free program aims to certify and promote Australian businesses that are making a difference in protecting our oceans, waves and beaches. In order to be Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly certified establishments must implement 6 compulsory criteria.
1. No expanded polystyrene foam use
2. No single use plastic straws
3. Reusable tableware is used for 'dine-in' & non-plastic utensils for takeaway food
4. No water sold in plastic water bottles
5. No plastic bags offered for takeout orders
6. Proper recycling practices are followed.
For more information email email@example.com
Surfrider Foundation Australia is actively protesting against a possible Salmon Farm that will negatively impact the quality of the Martha Lavinia surf break on King Island.
Martha Lavinia is a world class beach break on King Island in Bass Strait. Perfect A-frame waves are formed by swell wrapping around both sides of the island and meeting up again on the north coast over Marthas pristine white sand banks. This wave park has been voted one of the top 10 surf breaks in Australia and is frequented by pro surfers when in the region for the Bells Easter contest. Kelly Slater has surfed here a few times as has Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and Derek Hynd is also a big fan.Tassal has been granted a permit to research the possibility of establishing a salmon farm immediately east of Marthas. The research area is adjacent to the Lavinia State Reserve and Lavinia Ramsar Wetland and a fish farm here (potentially 1 million fish in 22 pens) would pose threats including the following;
- Impacts on the quality of the surfing waves due to structures within the farm impeding the strength and height of the swell as it travel north along the east coast, the way the swell refracts around the island and the potential for the shape of the sand banks to be affected.
- King Island’s economy is reliant on a pristine environment particularly for it’s seafood, kelp harvesting, dairy & beef industries and tourism. The island has built up a reputation for it’s clean green image and produce from King Island is held in high regard. A salmon farm here would damage that iconic King Island brand.
- Potential for the public to lose recreational access to coastal areas on the east side of the island. Tassal haven’t provided any information about any necessary land based infrastructure.
- Pollution in the form of untreated waste (fish faeces) on the seabed which could wash up on the beaches. There are also risks to ecosystems, natural fisheries and kelp habitat due to waste and excess feed reducing the dissolved oxygen level in the water.
- Disease and parasites from the salmon farm being introduced into surrounding waters,
- Acidity in the water may increase due to excess fish feed falling to the sea bed. A high proportion of wild caught feed is used in the fish meal that feed the salmon, and for 1 kg of fish produced, just less than 2 kg of fish meal may be required.
- Parts of the fish pen infrastructure, rope, pipe and nets washing up on the shore as marine debris and being mistaken for food by marine animals and seabird.
- Debris from cleaning of the pens polluting surrounding waters.
- Seals may be attracted to the smorgasbord of fish which in turn could increase shark numbers,
- Loss of amenity for surfers and users of the beaches and adjacent coastal reserve. People need wild spaces to be able to connect with nature and this area is about as wild as it gets.
- Risk to the vulnerable fairy tern and risk to other species that use the area such as the eastern curlew, black faced cormorant, white faced storm petrel, white bellied sea eagle, orange bellied parrot and long nosed fur seal. There is also a risk to the vulnerable humpback whale and endangered southern right whale which migrate through the permit area.
According to Tassal, the benefit to King Island would be some jobs, perhaps improved freight logistics and lower freight costs.
We don't believe taht justifies all of the above mentioned threats. There is a track record of environmental issues with salmon farms in Tasmania. (Macquarie Harbour, Port Huon, Okehampton Bay, refer Four Corners episode 'Big Fish" Oct 2016) and it appears that the state government facilitates expansion of this industry despite strong community opposition in the name of jobs, growth and the economy.
It appears that the salmon farming industry is permitted to to keep expanding regardless of past environmental practices and community opposition. We need to be loud and strong about this from the outset.
What can you do right now to help save this wave:
- Share our social media posts with friends.
- Follow and share our Surfrider Save Martha Lavinia Beach facebook page to keep up to date on how you can help protect this iconic break.
- Please sign this PETITION
- Let the Tasmanian Government know that you don’t want this to proceed (Hon Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries – email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Hon Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks – email: email@example.com and in the Federal Parliament to the Member for Braddon, Justine Keay – email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in touch with the Tasmanian Labour politicians too, they are in opposition at the moment and there is a state election in March 2018.
- Join the King Island local’s call to boycott all farmed salmon products from Tasmania (Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna, these are the 3 companies who could farm next to Martha’s) but even more importantly "broadcast" that you are joining the boycott. This could impact upon Tassal because 90% of their market is Australia and their shareholders are becoming nervous about the negative publicity. In March this year Australian Ethical, a large superannuation fund sold their big parcel of shares because of Tassal’s environmental record.
• Join the facebook page ‘Surfers Against Inshore Fish Farms – SAIFF’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1916317421718030/
We’re super stoked to be teaming up with @jackjohnson for his Australia tour later this month. As part of the tour, we’re joining the @allatonce_org campaign where the Johnson Ohana Foundation will match funding from now until the 31st December for any donations made to Surfrider Foundation Australia up to $2,500USD. This is an amazing opportunity to help us raise a cool $5000 AUD to support our mission to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches for generations to come. Donations of $25+ go into the draw to win 2 tickets to Jack’s concert in Sydney/Bris/Mel/Perth. Donate now www.surfrider.org.au
Surfrider branches from around Australia will be hosting a table in the Village Green at each of Jack’s Concerts, reinforcing the need to reduce single-use plastics. Jack Johnson has been a long time supporter of Surfrider in Australia and all over the world. We thank him for his ongoing support.
#AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree #jackjohnson #surfing #protectwhatyoulove #surfriderausRead more
Thanks to everyone who came out to play at the Surfrider Illawarra Clean Beach Festival #icbfest on Sunday12th November at Port Kembla. We stopped 85kgs of rubbish from entering the ocean and had heaps of fun doing it! There were 50 surf Groms entered in the inaugural #SurfriderGromFest tag team event which was won by Werri Beach Boardriders. At the other end of the beach, the Disabled Surfers Association South Coast hosted a fantastic display. We had a sand sculpting artist, Justine Crouchley-Crawford come to create dolphins and other sea creatures on the sand.
We want to thank Wollongong City Council for their support, and the sausage and veg burger sizzle. We raised $1,131 which Jack Johnson will match. The strangest thing was that an old $50 note washed up onto the shore, and the finder put it in our donation tin! Special thanks go to Tangaroa Blue for counting all of the rubbish and entering all of the date into the national marine debris database. We want to give a massive shoutout to @billabong_australia @coastalwatch @visslasurf @patagoniaaus @bunnings @thesourcewollongong @projectpurposew4w @seabin_project and @honuadrink for the great prizes that they donated! #longlivethebeach #surfrider #holdontoyourbutts #risseaboveplastics #cleanwaterhealthybeaches.
Check out the very talented Taj Simon from Port Kembla Boardriders who competed in the #surfridergromfest at #icbfest Port Kembla. What a great barrel! Photo courtesy of Ray Smith from www.waxheads.com Stay tuned for more #surfridergromfest coming to your region soon!
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: 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.
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.
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.Read more