Surfrider Roundup on International Surfing Day

October ’06: The Green Issue

What appeared to be your average day at the beach turned into a massive attack of beach clean-ups and fun all over the world June 21st, 2006. With trash bags in hand and surfboards on the side, surfers and friends alike took to the beaches to declare an unofficial International Surfing Day. With over 20 chapters of the Surfrider Foundation taking to the beaches, it is no wonder that nearly 1400 people turned up to show their support to the cause of cleaning up the world’s beaches. The turn-out may have seemed to be little in some areas of the country and much more prominent in other parts, over all it appears that International Surfing Day was a huge hit.

From all over California to all over the east coast, across the map surfers turned out to show their support of cleaner beaches, and free stuff!
Most of the chapters all over seemed to take place in some form of celebration of the Summer {{{Solstice}}} in one way or another. “Surfrider Maui partnered with Hana Highway Surf Shop to sponsor a Free Keiki Surf Clinic at Maui’s premiere north shore surf spot, Ho’okipa Beach Park,” stated Jan Roberson, of the founding members. 60 participants came out and learned to surf, received rides on Jet Ski's with Volcom team rider Tai Vandyke, and received prizes. Teams were broken up to collect trash and recyclables. College interns came with State Wildlife Biologist Fern Duvall II to help the kids find and identify “burrows of endangered native seabirds and counted more than {{{80}}} pair of Wedge-tailed Shearwater birds sitting on nests,” Roberson added.

The Oahu Chapter, in Hawaii brought a dozen of its members to a meeting at the Department of Health to make the board members aware that the oceans need to be taken care of and sewage spills effect the environment and everyone around it.

The D/C – Annapolis Chapter had a similar idea that brought in members to an informational meeting at the Pure Board Shop, with pizza provided by Danny from 3 Brothers Pizza. They gave away prizes and were able to inform its members about the importance of water quality in the oceans and 20 ways to keep the oceans clean.

It seems the South Jersey may win the prize for having the largest turn out, with over {{{300}}} people gracing their beach for a perfect day of surfing and an event that turned out to be, “a textbook example of grass roots activism serving the community while giving back to the sport that we care so much about,” as Steven Mullen puts it, a cofounder of the South Jersey Chapter himself.