- 01 October 2009 | Environment
A large crowd of well-wishers gathered on Byron Bay’s Main Beach this morning to show their support for five daring environmental campaigners who have begun a 36 day voyage by sea to Sydney to highlight the plight of migrating humpback whales and to draw awareness to coastal pollution issues.
Dubbed “Transparentsea”, the odyssey is an initiative of professional surfer Dave Rastovich, an environmental crusader who is joined on his quest by Californian surfer and artist Chris Del Moro (San Diego, CA, USA), Musician Will Conner (AUS), Photographer Hilton Dawe (Byron Bay, NSW, AUS) and Surfrider Foundation’s Kristy Theissling (Coolangatta, QLD, AUS).
Paddling single-seat “trimaran” sea kayaks, the participants will use only the wind and the waves to assist them on their journey, as they trace the migration paths of the whales destined for the Southern Ocean.
During their frequent stops along the East Coast, the team will also engage local communities to assist in beach clean-ups, as well as highlighting and recording other areas of environmental concern including the effects of the commercial fishing industry on marine mammals and fish stocks; run-off issues to do with agricultural, domestic and industrial human activities; and the state of rivers and estuaries.
“It’s a great honour to be here from California representing such a great cause and the organisation Surfers for Cetaceans,” said Del Moro.
“I’m just stoked to see Australians have such an incredible support for environmental issues, especially water and ocean related issues and the fight against whaling and dolphin hunts. In the States we have a lot of people who are really fired up, but here it seems like whole communities are coming out. Everyone’s really given us their support; it feels like a lot of people are really backing it (Transparentsea). It excites me to think we’ll be at sea with these amazing creatures, it’s going to be life changing,” he added.
A fresh northerly wind and swell provided the paddlers with the perfect start, and by the end of day one, they hope to have reached Evans Head, some 60 kilometers south, before a planned rendezvous with Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd and his ship, the “Steve Irwin” in the vicinity of Yamba this weekend.
- 17 September 2009 | Environment
On Saturday, September 19, Surf City USA celebrates Huntington Beach’s Centennial with a tribute to the city’s surf heritage and coastal environment with the much-anticipated “Surfboards in the Sand.”
Thousands of surfers, and lovers of surf culture, will gather with their surfboards on Huntington City Beach adjacent the famed HB Pier to be a part of the world’s largest surf photo commemorating 50 years of professional surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier.
Produced by the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau, “Surfboards in the Sand” encourages surf enthusiasts to demonstrate their devotion to protecting the ocean environment while celebrating California’s classic beach lifestyle.
- 09 September 2009 | Environment
Celebrities from music, film and television will unite to raise ocean awareness at the Surfrider Foundation’s 4th Annual Celebrity Expression Session at First Point, Surfrider Beach in Malibu as part of the Malibu Surfing Association’s MSA Classic invitational contest.
Truly a one-of-a-kind event, the Celebrity Expression Session allows celebrities to show off their surfing skills and moves in a free surf format, while raising funds and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation. Past participants including Jason Mraz, Sal Masekela, David Chokachi, Minnie Driver, Flea and Brandon Boyd have raised over $5,000 for the Foundation and its continued efforts to protect our coastlines.
"This isn’t some wingy ‘push the celebrity into a wave' type of event," says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications. "These guys are going to be out there working First Point to raise money to help keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean."