International Surfing Day: Looking Outside The Barrel
By Lindsay Miller
We realize not everyone is a surfer. We realize not everyone lives near the beach. So before you throw in the towel on International Surfing Day (ISD) and say that it’s not for you or that you can’t relate, I ask you to look outside the barrel of a wave.
One major misconception of Surfrider Foundation is that we are ALL surfers. While many of us do love to paddle out whenever we get the chance, we don’t all live in our wetsuits. Surfrider Foundation and its annual ISD activation is meant to gather people who care. It’s that simple. Whether you care about surfing, the environment, water quality, or trash—the point is you care and you’re one of us, and this day is for you.
Thursday, June 20 is meant to be a day to come together and celebrate. Some will celebrate the sport of surfing. Others celebrate the simple beauty of our oceans. International Surfing Day means something different to everyone. To some, ISD means the most epic excuse ever to go surfing. To others, it means a day to clean up our coastlines and protect what we love. Either way, ISD is a day to come together and realize that each of us enjoys a different piece of our treasured oceans, waves, and beaches.