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- 26 May 2009 | Environment
Life Is A Wave, the third annual fundraiser event hosted by Save The Waves Coalition in downtown San Francisco, rocked The City last Thursday night, May 14.
The evening hosted a best-ever turnout of ocean lovers and surfer environmentalists partying for a cause, and a record-setting $45,000 was raised. By all counts attendees had a fantastic time, packing event venue 111 Minna Gallery for over six hours straight.
The Bay Area’s own Latin-fused hip hop rockers Bayonics headlined the event along with Kapakahi, top DJs and other live music. Multimedia eye candy included film projections over the bar and a live and silent auction of surfboard art, collectible memorabilia, hosted tours and a trip to Indonesia.
International Surfing Association president and event honoree Fernando Aguerre had live bidders whipped into a frenzy to help raise funds and awareness for Save The Waves’ environmental programs.
Save The Waves presented Fernando with the organization’s 2009 Wave Saver Award for his passionate work defending coastlines and surfing culture around the world.
After the event Fernando commented, “I love Save The Waves – they’re on the front lines protecting our surfing coastline, and I totally support their efforts. I’m honored to have received the Wave Saver award, but I’d like to share it with the thousands of wave savers around the world that volunteer in defense of our waves every day.”
Dean LaTourrette, STW's executive director, was unmistakably stoked from the public’s energy at the event.
"We're humbled and honored to have such a strong turnout and support for our efforts. Save The Waves' primary mission is an environmental one, but we also have a secondary mission of bringing the community together. Let's face it, we like to throw a good bash, and rally everyone around the cause to protect waves at the same time."
Save The Waves sends an enthusiastic thanks to all of its supporters who attended the event, as well as Life Is A Wave 2009 event sponsors, including Billabong B9, Clif Bar, Jim Beam, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Mavericks, New Belgium Brewing, Ocean Vodka, Patagonia, Quiksilver Foundation, SIGG, Surfline, Zola Acaí, and 1% For The Planet.
- 19 May 2009 | Environment
On June 20, 2009, surfers globally will wax their boards, paddle out and catch waves in honor of International Surfing Day presented by Monster Energy.
Founded five years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day unites surfers from around the world in celebration of the sport of surfing.
As is tradition with the annual holiday, surfers will do their part to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through various organized events such as clean-ups and restoration projects courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation.
“We are really excited to be celebrating International Surfing Day’s five year anniversary,” says Laura Mazzarella, Surfrider Foundation’s Marketing Manager. “The success and growth since the first celebration is phenomenal, and we look forward to continue growing and raising awareness in the years to come.”
- 30 April 2009 | Environment
Clean water campaigners from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) believe that the UK Government urgently needs a National Marine Litter Strategy to tackle the worsening crisis of litter in our oceans and across our beaches.
Co-ordinated action directed by the Prime Minister is vital in order to reduce the tide of plastic and other manmade debris washing up on the UK’s shores each and every day.
On the opening day of the WQS O’Neill Cold Water Classic, SAS were joined by some of the world’s best surfers to call for the Prime Minister to take urgent action to increase protection levels for our oceans in relation to litter.
SAS campaigners were joined by O’Neill team rider Sam Lamiroy and UK pro surfers Alan Stokes, Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, Oli Adams who, amongst many others, have shown their support for the petition.
SAS is urging its supporters and the wider public to sign the petition calling for the implementation of a National Marine Litter Strategy, which will help protect the UK’s coastline, oceans and waves for generations to come.
At the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, SAS’s anti-litter campaigns are taking a three-pronged attack on this critical issue; mobilising personal action, lobbying industry and petitioning the Prime Minister.
Marine litter is often the most obvious environmental issue threatening our beaches. This plethora of plastics and other litter is not only an eyesore, but also a persistent danger to surfers, beach users, recreational water sports enthusiasts, and the beautiful wildlife and natural habitats all around the UK’s coastline.
It also represents a real threat to the fishing and tourism industries, and impacts on local councils who often pay large sums to take marine litter off our beaches.
To complement the petition to the Prime Minister, SAS will be lobbying industry as part of its Return To Offender campaign. SAS will send back in the post companies’ identifiable litter found at the Thurso beach clean, calling on them to improve their anti-litter labelling and packaging policies to find less damaging, degradable alternatives to materials currently used.
SAS Campaign Manager Andy Cummins says: “Thurso’s a great wave and one of the most remote venues for a surf competition. But like most surf spots in the UK it’s plagued with plastics and other marine litter. Join SAS and call for the Prime Minister to implement a National Marine Litter Strategy to protect our beloved beaches and surf spots.”
O’Neill Professional Surfer Sam Lamiroy says: “Surf spots all over the country are littered with plastics. SAS are having a positive impact with their beach cleans and by confronting industry but we need more action from the top. Let’s all put some pressure on the Government to clean up our oceans, we need your help, so sign SAS’s petition now! Thanks!”
Source: Surfers Against Sewage
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