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

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.   

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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.”

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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.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast/

 

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.

http://www.surfrider.org.au/gold_coast

 

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.

http://www.climatewave.com  

 

Media Contact:

Greg Howell

President Surfrider Foundation and Event Director Climate Wave Enterprises

Ph: 0414 939 942

Email:  goldcoast@surfrider.org.au

 

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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Double Island Clean Up May 2017

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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 (see below). 

The Sunshine Coast branch is hosting bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend, where quite literally hundreds of people converge on 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.

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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 tied 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.

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! 

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HOW IT ALL WORKS

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

FRIDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Evening Movie.
SATURDAY. Beach Clean Up, Sorting & Recycling, Activities & Presentations. BBQ, Live Music & communal campfire.

SUNDAY. Data collation. Load tipper trucks with rubbish and pack down.

We'll have a marquee located at the barge and at "Surfrider HQ", where you can sign in, grab your gear, and instructions, 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 or effort put in, for tickets you'll collect.  So go nuts!

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REGISTER YOUR DETAILS:

To: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com 

Copy and paste the following and fill out your details:

- Name(s):
- Phone number:
- Name of next of kin:
- Phone number of next of kin:

- Vehicle rego number:
- Vehicle make & model: 
- How many volunteers are coming:
- How many structures (tents, camper trailers, etc):
- How many nights ( Fri &or Sat):

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. We will be allocating areas to folks, but please feel free to camp wherever you like! At night we have fun, so if you have little ones, who need kip earlier, some distance may ensure that they get a great sleep!
!!!! 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.

For general enquiries, media and partnerships please call: 

Craig 0434 587 756 / Aaron 0449 686 746
or email: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com

www.surfrider.org.au
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp4xu274qE

https://web.facebook.com/surfrider.coast/

 

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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 cronulla@surfrider.org.au

For further information on the event, visit: https://www.internationalbeachfestival.com.au/ or the event FB page

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Port Kembla Beach Clean 16th Oct from 3pm

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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

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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: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com 
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: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com

www.surfrider.org.au
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp4xu274qE
 

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Win the Ultimate Quiver raffle

UQ_Instagram_2.jpg1st Prize = '5 SURFBOARDS SHAPED BY 5 OF AUSTRALIA'S LEGENDARY SHAPERS!’

+ 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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Donate to Protect & Win!

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Thank you to all of those who made a donation to protect our oceans, waves & beaches and win Gorilla Tail Pads! All donations made between March 15, 2016 and March 31, 2016 went into the draw to win one of 5 Gorilla Tail Pads. Congratulations to the winners: Rose Welk, Matthew Keating, Tara Geraghty, Chersess Aish & Cherie Noble have been notified via email on April 4, 2016. 

DONATE TODAY

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Become a Surfrider Member Today!

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Become a Surfrider Member Today!

Want to make a difference for our oceans, waves and beaches? Simply by becoming the newest member of Surfrider, you can make a difference for your ocean.

It is that easy. Surfrider’s passionate coastal activists dedicate their lives to protecting and preserving our oceans. All you have to do is support them.

Becoming a member is easy… and gets you some cool benefits…

$25…

  • A digital subscription of Surfrider's monthly newsletter
  • 20% discount at our Surfrider Store
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Double Island Point Beach Clean

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Double Island Point Beach 2016 Clean Up and Dune Planting Camping Weekend! - May 13-15 | October 7-9

Join our Sunshine Coast branch for their bi-annual Double Island Point beach clean-up and dune planting camping weekend! Cleanup as much you can handle & plant out the dunes with your local surfrider crew, then come to the base camp for a fun afternoon of presentations, live music, free food and mega prize raffle draw - everyone receives a ticket for volunteering!

For general enquiries, or sponsorships/partnerships please email: cleanupdoubleisland@gmail.com or call: Craig 0415 670 639 / Aaron 0449 686 746

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