Why are there two International Surfing Days?

June 14, 2013 | Surfing
International Surfing Day: one date is enough

The annual celebration of surfing will be held in the plural. Why are there two International Surfing Days, on the 20th and 23rd June 2013?

In 2013, the International Surfing Day will be enjoyed in two days. On the 20th June (Thursday) and on the 23rd June (Sunday). The opportunity to come together in celebration of the great sport of surfing is strangely being held in two different day.

The event held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice was kicked off by The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, in 2004. Beach clean-ups, surfing with friends, barbecues, film screenings, shaping workshops are usually in the schedule of this special day for surfers.

The International Surfing Day micro site announces the celebration for the 20th June, while EuroSIMA's site prepares surfers for a full range of activities on the 23rd June.

Apparently, no reasons are listed for having two different International Surfing Days. We could imagine American and European interpretations of the date or even a time zone décalage, but wouldn't it be more effective to have a unique world date for the celebration of waves and surfing?

Update from Tugce Tasar, from EuroSIMA | 27th June 2013

"We, as EuroSIMA, have organized a celebration day of surf at a European level, on Sunday, June 20th, 2004 following the organization of 'World Snowboard Day', two years later.

Meantime, Surfrider Foundation in United States started celebrating the 'Surfing Day' in United States, in 2005.

As their tendency to celebrate the ISD every year is during the solstice day of summer, there has started to be two different organizations organized for the same purpose, but separately in two parts of the world.

We as EuroSIMA in partnership with Surfrider Foundation Europe think that it would be more efficient to celebrate this day on a weekend, so that it could be more accessible by the public.

During the years, we have tried to contact with Surfrider Foundation US, in order to agree upon a certain date to celebrate the ISD globally.

However unfortunately, they would like to continue to celebrate it on the solstice and we would like to keep it on a weekend because of the active participation on a weekend.

We did organize the event commonly with them during two years, when the solstice day was on a weekend, but other than that for the moment we are having problems to set up a certain day.

We would be more than happy to agree upon the issue with them and celebrate this big day all in common. Hopefully we will get there one day".