June 20 is making waves around the world—and for a good reason—it marks the 11th anniversary of International Surfing Day (ISD). Celebrations across the globe are taking place to honor the sport, from beach barbeques and cleanups to fundraisers and film screenings to surf-inspired activities and parties.
Now a world-wide effort (more than 30 countries are participating this year), ISD has California roots, as it was established by California-bred Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine. So it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of ways to join in on the fun and celebrate International Surfing Day in California. Here’s a look at some local events and beach activities.
- Get Involved: There are literally hundreds of events happening on June 20 in honor of ISD. Our SoCal friends can head to Huntington Beach and watch surfers attempt to break the Guinness World Records for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on the “World’s Largest Surfboard.” Down in San Diego, there’s a free outdoor movie screening of 5 Summer Stories at Veteran’s Plaza in Ocean Beach. San Clemente is hosting a beach cleanup at San Clemente Pier followed by a surf session. And up north, San Francisco’s Aqua Surf Shop will be screening Andrew Kidman’s new film Spirit of Akasha with live music from Kidman’s band at The Independent. To find a surfrider-supported event near you, visit surfrider.org/isd. Also follow #ISD2015 on Twitter and Instagram.
- Get Active: Surf’s up, dude! What better way to celebrate International Surfing Day than by spending the afternoon out in the water? Malibu Beach, Zuma, Hermosa, Ocean Beach…with so many options, unless you’re an avid surfer, you might need a little help finding the perfect spot to paddle out. If you need a little direction, head to Surfertoday.com for the “Best Surf Spots in Southern California and Northern California.”
- Get Inspired: If you’re a beginner, consider taking surf lessons. Richard Schmidt Surf School in Santa Cruz is one of the best surf schools in the state (and has been around for over 30 years). The onetime pro surfer runs the school alongside his wife and a dedicated staff at Cowell’s Point break, where a single wave can roll for a quarter mile.
World Oceans Month
Did you know that 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic makes its way from land into our ocean every year? Or that, there is approximately 5.25 trillion pieces of total plastic floating in the world’s ocean?
June is also World Oceans Month. There are simple ways you can make a difference for our ocean, waves and beaches. Help protect the world’s ocean by volunteering on June 20 for a beach cleanup. If you cannot attend an event, consider donating to support Surfrider’s mission of reducing and eliminating plastic pollution on our beaches. Learn more about how you can get involved with World Oceans Month here or follow #WorldOceansMonth on Twitter and Instagram.
What are your plans for International Surfing Day? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.