Every year on International Surfing Day, surfers and surf enthusiasts around the world unite to celebrate the sport of surfing while giving thanks and appreciation for our oceans, waves and beaches.
In 1778, British sea captain James Cook sailed to Hawaii and witnessed, with fascination, the natives riding the crashing waves that broke off shore:
“I could not help concluding that this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea.”
Today, the same sense of wonder is shared by millions around the globe. The sport of surfing has taken root in virtually every country that touches an ocean – and even a few that don’t! From its inception ten years ago, ISD has grown into more than 200 events in over 30 countries worldwide.
On June 20th, 2014, beachgoers and surf enthusiasts from around the globe will come together to enjoy paddle-outs, beach cleanups, surf movie nights and coastal restorations. Together, we’ll celebrate the 10th anniversary of this annual holiday by raising awareness about the issues that affect our oceans while showing appreciation for our coastal environments.