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!
The Sunshine Coast branch recently hosted their bi-annual Beach Clean Up / Camping weekend at Double Island Point, for a 60km beach clean up blitz. Over the 3 day beach clean festival, over 3 TONNES of rubbish was removed from the 60km stretch of coast. This is the largest beach clean up for the branch to date.Read more
Surfrider Foundation's Rise Above Plastics campaign coordinator, Susie Crick, will be meeting with the NSW Minister for the Environment, Ms Gabrielle Upton, in early June to discuss a single-use plastic bag ban in NSW.Read more
Activist Spotlight: Meet Richie 'Vas' Vaculik, Mixed Martial Artist, Surfer and Surfrider Ambassador
With the recent launch of the Ambassadors Program, we are excited to introduce you to the mixed martial artist and big wave surfer, Richie 'Vas' Vaculik.Read more
We are excited to introduce you to our next Surfrider Ambassador, Tom Wegener! Tom has been making and shaping surfboards for 12 years now.Read more
Surfrider is excited to introduce you to Stella Crick, a freelance ocean photographer and Surfrider Foundation Australia Ambassador!Read more
Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic that are present in many facial cleansers, toiletries, and cosmetics. These wreak havoc on marine life as they ultimately end up in the ocean and become part of the food chain. Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, has threatened to introduce a law to ban microbeads if companies do not adhere to a voluntary phase-out.Read more
We are excited to introduce our next activist for our Activist Spotlight! Meet Mulga the Artist. He is a Sydney-based artist, illustrator and poet with unique style and inspiration.Read more
We are excited to introduce another Surfrider Ambassador for our Activist Spotlight! Meet Zachary Brook-Bennett, an artist that makes ocean-inspired designs that combine his Indigenous and surf cultures.Read more
Activist Spotlight: Meet Juliana Bahr-Thompson, Ocean Life Guard, Environmentalist and Surfrider Ambassador
We are excited to introduce to you our next activist Juliana Bahr-Thompson. Jules is a professional ocean lifeguard, high school PE teacher and environmentalist who currently studies paramedics.Read more