Now in its fifth year, International Surfing Day is an unofficial eco-conscious surfer holiday that not only celebrates the sport of surfing, but also promotes awareness for the sustainability of ocean resources worldwide. The beach-friendly day of ocean-loving activities is a collaboration between Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches.
Surfrider Foundation chapters and other ocean lovers around the world will be holding three on-site challenges to get beach-goers involved. There will be costume contests, photo and video contests, and a Butt Challenge (how many cigarette butts can you collect in an hour?).
In addition, the International Surfing Day "challenge" sponsors are hosting a variety of activities including beach cleanups, restoration projects, filmmaking, and a variety of art and surf contests. This year's "challenges" and prizes are sponsored by Electric, Ocean Minded, Matix, DVS, O'Neill, Reef, Sector Nine, Globe, Vans, Volcom, Body Glove, Patagonia, Billabong, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Ecousable and Dakine.
"We are very excited to continue the tradition of incorporating â€˜challenges' into International Surfing Day," says Surfing Magazine's editor-in-chief Travis Ferre. "The â€˜challenges' are a great way for people to get involved and be creative all while giving back to a good cause — our oceans."
To find local challenges, events and participating chapters, visit www.intlsurfingday.com.
Can't spend International Surfing Day at the coast riding the waves or combing the shore? Give these fun summer products a buy. Proceeds from purchases will go towards project BLUE, a surf industry initiative that is raising funds for coastline protection worldwide through the Surfrider Foundation.
You can save the oceans and better your health one sip at a time with Emergen-C Blue, a fizzy berry flavored vitamin drink mix. One of Emergen-C's newest flavors, Blue, provides: 1,000 mg vitamin C, an array of energizing B vitamins, zinc, quercetin, antioxidants, potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. In addition to championing your health, a percentage of profits support the Surfrider Foundation.
A company known for gearing up surfers and sand-goers for the beach, Billabong is making ultra-arty boardshorts (women's Peace boardshorts pictured below) using eco-supreme suede fabric, made entirely of recycled textiles and plastic soda bottles. Better that these synthetic discards are turned into functional clothing than littering the oceans!
Ready to hit the waves in eco-style? Billabong's Platinum B9 wetsuit is made from recycled fishing nets and other polyester products. In addition, the wetsuits are colored with water-based inks to further reduce their effects on the environment. It is estimated the whole production process for the Platinum B9 consumes 80 percent less energy and produces 80 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than a regular suit.
To tote your beach gear across the sand, surf wear company Dakine has rolled out the Oceana backpack, which is made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. This ocean-friendly pack also features recycled buckles, non-toxic thermaplastic elastomer (TPE) waterproof fabric backing, seam-sealed wetsuit pocket, insulated cooler pocket and organizer pocket to keep everything separate and secure.
To protect your skin from the sun or uncomfortably cool breezes, slip on one of O'Neill's hoodies or t-shirts (women's Harlow t-shirt pictured below). Available in styles for men and women, these comfortable, supersoft shirts are made from organic cotton and printed with fun designs using soy based inks.
As a component of the Reef Redemption line, Reef's Fanning sandals are made from recycled car tires. These eco-friendly sandals not only keep discarded car tires from polluting the oceans, they are also stylish and the must-have footwear to sport at the beach. Reef Fanning sandals are currently available in men's sizes.
For more information on project BLUE and to find project BLUE products, visit www.betruetoblue.com.
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