International Surfing Day on the Gold Coast



On June 20th, surfers on the Gold Coast and worldwide will welcome the short, cool days of winter and accompanying swells by being active in beach-related environmental causes and a Film and Music Night in honor of the Sixth Annual International Surfing Day (ISD).

Founded six years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day unites surfers from around the world in celebration of the sport of surfing. As is tradition with the annual holiday, surfers do their part to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through various organised events such as clean-ups and restoration projects hosted by the Surfrider Foundation.

Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed Presents Two Events:

What: Dune Care & BYO BBQ

Time for surfers and community members to help preserve and develop North Kirra dunes. A perfect activity to help with the sand management issues on the Gold Coast.

When: Sunday June 20th. 12:30pm.

Where: Dunes south of North Kirra SLSC

What: Film and Music Night

We are screening Sipping Jetstreams a film by surf film legend Taylor Steele. We will also be showing Cyrus Sutton’s film, Tom’s Creation Plantation. A film about Tom Wegener and the alaia surfboard movement.

The night will also begin with live music from Gold Coast local Dan Hannaford.

When: Sunday June 20th. 6pm

Where: Pointbreak Bar & Grill: 43 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads.

“International Surfing Day should be a local holiday here on the Gold Coast. As a Mecca for surfing in the world, we as a city should be at the forefront of giving back to our beaches. Come join us in our celebration,” says Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed President Adam Feichtmann.

“We started it as a way to get back to the basics, enjoy a day at the beach and help preserve our oceans,” says ISD Co-Founder Evan Slater.

Since its beginnings in 2005 with only 14 domestic and 4 international locations, ISD has grown in leaps and bounds, recording over 105 worldwide events in 2009, and engaging countries such as Sweden, Mauritius, Korea, West Africa and Taiwan. In addition to becoming truly “international” in scope, the Surfrider Foundation uses ISD to host a special membership drive, and since 2007 has signed up nearly 3,000 new members.

“The success and growth since our inaugural International Surfing Day is phenomenal,” says Laura Mazzarella, Surfrider Foundation’s Marketing Manager. “Each year we incorporate new locations and activations into the mix, allowing us to inspire more people to care for their beaches and coastlines, and show them how they can make a difference.”

“While most of us spend every day of the year celebrating ISD, it’s always nice to dedicate an entire day to appreciating the wonderful lifestyle we all live as surfers,” adds Travis Ferré, Editor, Surfing Magazine. “It’s a great opportunity to preserve and enjoy the ocean at once. And as we move into our sixth year, my main goal is to inspire more youth participation. They’re the future and will bring a whole new enthusiasm to the day we celebrate being surfers.”

The Sixth Annual International Surfing Day is made possible by Vitamin Water, Earthpack, Surfing Magazine, and the Surfrider Foundation.


Adam Feichtmann

President Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed