International Surf Day Sparks Random Acts of Green
As the longest day of the year slipped past, surfers around the northern Hemisphere celebrated International Surfing Day with acts of fun, and random greenness.
Down at Salt Creek the Billabong Amateur team including Evan Thompson, Nic Hdez, Cam and Cole Richards along with team manager Jeff "Burger" Hambrecht and Marketing man Blake Pettit was clocking clean-up time literally picking up every scrap of trash on the entire beach, despite the impending sprinkles.
In Laguna, the Thalia Street crew was doing the same and the Los Angeles TV channels rolled in filming clean-ups, beach parties and surfing.
The Billabong store in Santa Cruz hosted Demo Day with Firewire Surfboards. The Pleasure Point Night Fighters. also threw an event in SC so there was a nice local crew to show off the latest designs. From longboards to fish style surfers there had all the best from Firewire to try. Everyone was really stoked, the waves were small 2-3ft faces but plenty fun.
At Billabong surf camps up and down the coast from Pacifica and Redondo to Huntington, Cardiff and Mission Beach, Surfline forecast gurus showed up to tell the groms about the science of surfing and the kids responded with clean-ups of their own. Other activities were recorded in Puerto Rico, Virginia Beach and Maryland.
A brainchild of Surfing Magazine, and highly promoted by Surfrider Foundation, the day is intended to celebrate the myriad types of surfing at every level and every location. This year Surfing magazine offered a challenge for the "most unique piece of trash" with a grand prize; Ocean Minded offered a challenge of its own with the "everything ends up in the ocean' theme. Matix, O'Neill, Sector Nine, DVS and Reef offered additional challenges.
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