Greg ‘Da Bull’ Noll launches Surfrider Foundation’s Cronulla branch

Legendary big-wave surfer and Surfrider Foundation lifetime member, Greg “Da Bull” Noll, helped launch Surfrider Foundation’s Cronulla branch by participating in its ribbon cutting ceremony on 30 October, 2016.


“Da Bull” introduced the Malibu surfboard to Australia in Cronulla in 1956, which revolutionized surfing in this country. His recent trip to Sydney from California was made to participate in the Sutherland Shire Surfing Council’s Surf Retrospect events celebrating the 60th anniversary of modern surfing in Australia, and to help kick off the Cronulla branch because of his strong support of Surfrider Foundation’s mission of protecting the ocean, waves, and beaches.

“We need to make special effort to keep the beaches neat and clean so that we can all continue to enjoy the ocean for years to come.  Surfrider Foundation loves the ocean and wants to transfer that love to the kids, which is really neat,” Noll said.


For the past 25 years Surfrider Foundation Australia has dedicated its resources to ensuring that our beaches and waves are healthy, accessible, and protected, so that everyone can enjoy surfing, swimming, and similar activities.

 One of Surfrider Foundation’s primary concerns is keeping plastic out of the ocean. “We need to get away from all the plastic being used, try to reduce the amount of plastic because once it gets in the ocean it stays there forever,” said Noll.

Matt Griggs, former professional surfer and current high performance coach, and Surfrider Foundation Cronulla director, said, “The ocean is an integral part of my life and needs to be protected from the increasing number of threats that it faces. Our branch aims to educate Sutherland Shire residents and guests about those threats and offer opportunities for them to actively reduce them.”

Others participants in the launch were NSW Environment Minister and Cronulla MP Mark Speakman and Sutherland Shire Councillors Carol Provan and Michael Forshaw, all of whom support the Cronulla branches efforts and are committed to keeping the ocean clean.

“When you get that pixie dust in your system, and really enjoy the ocean, that stays with you forever,” said Noll. “The ocean becomes a part of your life and that is more evident here in Cronulla than any place that you can go. Surfrider Foundation Cronulla are making a great effort to keep the ocean clean, and I am really stoked about that.”

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