South Coast participants will head to the beach for International Surfing Day | Local News
Need one more excuse to ride the waves this weekend? Whether you are a surfer, sponger, SUPer, foiler, kiteboarder or purely an ocean enthusiast, Saturday is International Surf Day – a day for surfers and sailors around the world to connect through a shared love of surfing. and sustainability.
You don’t have to be a surfer to participate. International Surf Day is meant to be a time to appreciate the local beaches and ocean ecosystem and take care of your home coast. From beach cleanups to barbecues with friends (bring reusable utensils, please!)
International Surfing Day made its debut in the calendar in 2005 and has since taken off. Surf magazines Evan Slater and Ross Garrett, the respective writers and editors at the time, created the campaign.
“Garrett and I wanted to have a special day to create a magazine article about surfing around the world on the same day and spread the message of protecting our oceans,” Slater said. “[We] contacted Surfrider as a partner, and that’s where it developed.
In Santa Barbara and its surroundings, there are four Surfrider Foundation chapters – in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Ventura and San Luis Obispo. Sections from 805 regions join over 200 communities in over 30 countries to celebrate.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited plans for this year, all are welcome to join the Surfrider Foundation’s social media campaign #InternationalSurfingDay. This year, the theme is “The Beach Belongs to Everyone”.
While social distancing beach cleanups remain the general recommendation, participants can have a positive impact on the environment in other ways: picking up litter in the neighborhood, removing debris from street gutters, reuniting the family to a quick shore clean-up at a favorite beach spot, and end the day at one of the Surfrider-certified ocean-friendly restaurants in the Santa Barbara area.
Take a ride during the day when and how you can! Then post a photo on social media using #InternationalSurfingDay. It’s a great way to connect with amateur surfers, sailors and conservationists around the world, as well as create a positive global community with over a million participants, including local pros and eco-warriors Parker and Conner Coffin, who plan to catch some fun with the family.
Those celebrating on the beaches in the Ventura area can check the progress of their pickup. The Ventura Surfrider chapter has an application allowing participants to record their cleaning runs, regardless of their size. The information will be used in future legislative calls to action and to help monitor trends in currents, tides and the health of the oceans in general.
The Surfrider chapter of Ventura also organizes small in-person festivities this International Surf Day. Descend for a self-administered coastal cleanup, then join the free festivities, including a drum circle, yoga session, and artist pop-up. Swap out lightly worn wetsuits and life vests to later turn into yoga mats. It’s a great excuse to share a laugh and a surf – just like the vacation intended.
“ISD is ultimately about gratitude and awareness,” Slater said in an interview for the World Surf League. “The fact that we are approaching the 20th anniversary shows that as the general population of surfers increases, the importance of the day also increases. “
Click here to view the 805 chapters of the Surfrider Foundation for events, water quality reports, beach clean-ups, eco-activism campaigns, newsletters and monthly meeting updates.
– Mara Pyzel is a contributing writer for Noozhawk. She can be reached at [email protected].