Hands Across The Sand: surfers against offshore drilling

World surfers are invited to join hands against expanded offshore drilling, on beaches and in global cities, on the 18th May, at 12pm, in corresponding time zones.


The second annual Hands Across The Sand is calling for clean energy solutions and a sustainable planet. The movement consists of people of all walks of life and crosses all borders and political affiliations.

The goal is to protect coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries from the threats of expanded offshore drilling and the accidents associated with this.

Florida surfer and restaurateur Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across The Sand in October 2009 in response to a bill passed in the Florida House of Representatives to lift the ban on nearshore drilling.

He rallied over 10,000 Floridians to join hands on February 13, 2010, covering the state’s coastlines, to show a united opposition to nearshore drilling.

Two months later the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Dave then organized a global Hands Across The Sand to urge President Obama to abandon his bid to open the continental United States waters to offshore oil drilling.