Palm Beach Celebrates International Surfing Day

Palm Beach Celebrates International Surfing Day

Palm Beach Parklands will be the home of International Surfing Day celebrations on Saturday 20 June, 2015.

Activities will be taking place from 12.00 – 4.30pm, including the Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge, Dune Care planting, weeding, watering, a Beach Clean Up, and a screening of Sand Wars – the movie.

12:00 – 1:30pm Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge
Teams of 4 can get together to ride wooden Alaia’s at the Surfrider Foundation International Surfing Day “Roots of Surfing Wooden Surfboard Teams Challenge” which is a family friendly, sustainable, community, surfing lifestylefundraising event starting at 12.00pm at Dune Cafe.

Six teams can compete but there are plenty of spots for the Expression Session. Surfers will be asked to surf 2 waves in a tag team format. All surfers will ride a wooden surfboard (Alaia) which will be provided, along with all other necessary equipment. The judging format is under standard surfing competition criteria, but the emphasis will be very much on having fun and enjoying yourselves while helping promote sustainable surfing.

After the Teams Challenge we will be holding an Expression Session with experienced wooden surfboard enthusiasts who will show their prowess riding original style surfboards like Alaia’s, Paipo’s & Itako’s. These ancient wooden crafts date back to the Roots of Surfing which are thousands of years old.

So if you’re an enthusiast, sustainable surfing advocate or complete novice who’d like to watch professionals or even try out one of these original surf crafts bring your family down to the beach for a fun day.

· Burleigh Brewing Co. voucher for 4 people entry to a “Tanks, Tales and Tastings Session”

· Patagonia $100 vouchers

· Surf Organic wax

1.30 – 2.00pm BBQ & Presentation

2.00 – 3.00pm Dune Care planting, weeding, watering will take place just along the path from the Dune Café. All plants and equipment will be supplied, just bring a hat, water bottle & wear shoes. At the same time as dune care we will be keeping an eye out and cleaning up any waste that is found during the Beach Clean Up. This rubbish will be audited and records kept adding to our data collection program in partnership with Tangaroa Blue.

3.00 – 4.30pm Sand Wars – the movie is an epic eco-thriller that predicts by the end of the 21st century, beaches will be a thing of the past. That is the alarming forecast of a growing number of scientists and environmental NGOs. Sand has become a vital commodity for our modern economies: we use it in our toothpaste, detergents, and cosmetics, and computers and mobile phones couldn’t exist without it. Our houses, skyscrapers, bridges and airports are all basically made with sand: it has become the most widely consumed natural resource on the planet after fresh water. Sand Wars takes us around the world as it tracks the contractors, sand smugglers and unscrupulous property developers involved in the new gold rush, and meets the environmentalists and local populations struggling to reverse the threat to the future of this resource that we all take for granted.