Articles tagged with "Surfrider Foundation Australia"

Video: Microburst fun at Manly

Posted by: on December 8th, 2014

Sunday afternoon, 7 Dec ’14, just as the Surfrider Northern Beaches crew were dismantling our stand at Ocean Care Day in Manly, a powerful microburst hit us…

International Surfing Day 20 June!

Posted by: on June 6th, 2014
Celebrate International Surfing Day on Friday 20 June 2014

Celebrate International Surfing Day on Friday 20 June 2014

On June 20th, beach goers and surfers from around the world will come together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day.

We encourage you to get involved to celebrate your love of surfing and give back to our coasts. Check out our recent interview with Jack Johnson on giving back to our coasts here!

International Surfing Day is one day a year for you to give back to your ocean playground! Support Surfrider and help us protect your ocean waves and beaches for future generations to enjoy.

How can you be part of it? Join us at one of our International Surfing Day events, or host your own fundraising event!

Your fundraising event can be huge, small, simple or outrageous – it’s up to you! Invite 10 friends or 100. Hold it at home, at the beach, a café, a restaurant or in the park. Have a BBQ, breakfast feast, party, beach clean-up, surf competition or movie night, get creative! Here’s a few fun-raising ideas if you’d like to hold your own event.

When your event finishes, simply go to the website and you can donate the proceeds of your event.

Are you a business? If you or your mate own a business support Surfrider on International Surfing Day! Ask customers for a small donation, hold a raffle, sponsor Surfrider with a profit percentage on the day. There are plenty of ways for your businesses to get involved Click here for more information. All funds raised will support Surfrider to continue protecting the oceans and beaches we all love and enjoy. Simply go to the website and you can donate the proceeds of your event.

Surfrider is a grassroots organisation and we’d love to see our local supporters getting involved and celebrating International Surfing Day!

Remember to let us know what you’re up to! Email us at [email protected], post your photos/links and tag Surfrider Foundation Australia, or #SurfriderAus. Share on Facebook and ‘Like’ our page.

Prizes!!! Given to the most creative fundraising event, as well as the best photo and the most funds raised.

All donations over $100 receive a FREE Surfrider t-shirt designed by Ozzie Wright, Surfing World Magazine and Surfrider Sticker!

For the waves and beaches!

Surfrider Foundation: Westernport Faces Wipeout

Posted by: on September 3rd, 2013


From the crew at Surfrider Foundation:
“Surfers warn of Westernport Wipeout'”
Surfrider Foundation Australia today joined the growing tide of opposition to the development of Westernport as Victoria’s next big container port.
“Surfrider Foundation have placed Westernport Bay on its Australian list of ‘Endangered Waves’. This is due to the coastline erosion threats posed by the port channel dredging and the risk of oil spills from the 30-fold increase in shipping that will navigate this hazardous tidal channel,” said Dr Rex Campbell, Chairman of Surfrider Foundation.
We support the call by the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) and the Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council for “an independent assessment using the full force of national environmental laws before any further work or money is spent on expanding the port”.

“I live on the Peninsula, surf both Westernport and Phillip Island and am very concerned. Look at the erosion of Portsea from the Port Phillip Bay dredging and Westernport is a much more exposed bay.”

“We are asking Federal and State Governments to add ‘Surf Quality’ as an environmental impact criteria for this and all future coastal development projects.”

Westernport has around 8 storm-swell surf spots plus the famous Phillip Island Cat bay area that surfers flock to in a south-easter. Surfing and clean beaches attracts thousands of tourists and locals year round to Westernport and Phillip Island.

“In a public meeting this week I called on Greg Hunt, as the local Member for the area and the current Coalition Shadow Minister for the Environment, to take heed of the risks by promising to conduct the highest level of Federal environment impact assessment available.”

“Mr Hunt replied to me that “the assessment would be as thorough as has ever been done at the Federal level”,” Dr Campbell confirmed.

If Mr Hunt is elected and ends up a Federal Cabinet Minister this promise will be critical to Westernport, as the State impact assessment of Port Phillip Bay dredging was clearly faulty.

Westernport is a fragile tidal bay system with Ramsar listed wetlands. It is a recreational haven for Victorian surfers, sailors and fisherman due to its protection from storms.

More Information/Media queries:
Dr Rex Campbell, ph 0423 889899, [email protected]
VNPA – Simon Branigan ph 0409 0987 278.
WPPC – Chris Chandler ph 0407 705 450

Surfrider Foundation condemns Government decision to destroy Bastion Point

Posted by: on June 16th, 2009

16 June 2009
Victorian Minister for Planning, Justin Madden MP, has rejected the findings of the Government’s own Independent Panel Inquiry, and approved a plan to construct a large breakwater and boatramp at Bastion Point, on the east coast of Victoria.

By granting consent to the East Gippsland Shire to proceed with this project, the Minister has ignored advice from within government and gone against the wishes of the majority of the community.

The Independent Panel Inquiry found that there were significant problems with all of the proposed breakwater options. The Panel report cited serious concerns with safety, a poor economic argument, concerns over the long-term viability of the proposal, and the likelihood that the development would be a net detriment to Mallacoota’s tourism potential. The Panel concluded that the proposal offered no significant societal benefit, and that an upgrade of the existing facility was their preferred alternative.

The Independent Panel Report states the following:
Weighing up all the different issues and considerations for ocean access at Mallacoota, the Panel has concluded that on balance the development proposals should not proceed.
The economic case for the project is very weak and likely to have a benefit cost ratio well below 1.

“The Minister has disregarded the fact that Bastion Point is a unique coastal environment. The beauty of Bastion is its pristine environment. When you’re out in the surf and looking back to the land, the view looks like it’s been the same for a thousand years. That’s what makes it so special. Now the Point is going to be just another concreted piece of the coastline,” said Tim Frazer, Secretary of the East Gippsland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.

Mallacoota’s pristine foreshore is registered by the National Trust of Australia for the important aesthetic, historic, scientific, social and spiritual values it has. The proposal will result in the removal of 3000m3 of natural rocky reef and the importation of many thousands of tonnes of rock and concrete to construct a 130-metre long breakwater, and a major road upgrade along a coastal headland will irreversibly damage the area and its scenic and environmental values.

“The loss of the surf break at Bastion Point will have far reaching consequences for the local community,” said Mr Frazer. “More people surf in Bastion Point than participate in any other sport. Bastion Point is the only break within an easy walking distance of town. This will be an incredible loss for the kids in Mallacoota. It’s bad enough that team sports have suffered in recent years due to population change in the town, we really need to hold onto this surf break for the youth,” said Mr Frazer.

“Despite the high level of importance that surfing and the surf lifestyle has for Mallacoota, the Minister has unilaterally ignored the concerns of his own independent inquiry. He may understand a football field but he has no clue on watersports and beaches,” said Dr Rex Campbell, Director of Surfrider Foundation Australia.

“The approval for the project means that a surf break will be ruined plus the construction of a high breakwater, the removal of large sections of the natural reef system and the introduction of a sand bypassing system is a recipe for disaster,”

“The best way you can value add to a natural environment is by keeping it natural. This is what keeps visitors coming back to beautiful places like Mallacoota that could sensibly accommodate both boaties and surfers needs, as proposed by the Panel to the Minister, but now rejected. High quality surf breaks are incredibly rare and should be protected at all costs. Surf breaks are important economic, social and cultural assets for local communities and the tourism sector and should not be sacrificed,” said Dr Campbell.

There are a number of other locations where the intermixing of swimmers, surfers, recreational and commercial boating has been addressed through managed solutions, including The Pass, at Byron Bay.

It’s not too late for the Government to take its own advice and do the right thing and agree with the Independent Panel’s recommendation for a low-key upgrade at the existing site,” said Mr Frazer.

Want to help the crew at Bastion? Write a letter today.

For more information

Tim Frazer: 0407 580 341

Dr Rex Campbell 0423 889 899

Surfrider Foundation is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people

UPDATE: Bikes for Beaches

Posted by: on February 17th, 2009

After two gruelling weeks on the bikes in support of Surfrider Foundation Australia, the boys will arrive in Adelaide tomorrow!!!
They’ve battled soaring temperatures, insurmountable hills and the Victorian fires… but they’ve made it, and they’re in one piece.
Dave ends his journey here, while Foulsh will continue to WA.
Keep your eye on the blog for updates and pictures, or please feel free to donate to Surfrider Foundation to support their valuable work in preserving our beaches at

Here’s the original press release that was on RealSurf: Bikes for Beaches

Bikes for Beaches. . . UPDATE

Posted by: on February 4th, 2009



4 Feb 2009: Left Batemans Bay yesterday. On their way to Mallacoota.


Latest pics:


Dave and Foulsh in Milton

Dave and Foulsh in Milton

Dave and Foulsh heading towards Batemans Bay

Dave and Foulsh heading towards Batemans Bay


Follow the journey, stay updated and make donations:

Any donations count, no matter how small, as Peter Cruddas (Dave’s boss) through thePeter Cruddas Foundation, has generously offered to match dollar for dollar any funds raised up to the value of $5000 AUD. So we’ve set ourselves a minimum target!!

For the full story about this adventure: Bikes for Beaches . . .FULL PRESS

Bikes for the Beaches…PLEASE READ!!!

Posted by: on February 3rd, 2009


Two men, two bikes, a couple of tents and a hell of a lot of coastline…Dave and Foulsh are two men foolishly giving up a summer of surf trips in the car, to ride their pushies around the coast of Oz. Dave from Sydney to Adelaide and Foulsh from Sydney to Perth.


Introducing David Barrett-Lennard and Ian Foulsham and their epic cycle ride along the Australian south coast commencing Sunday 1 February from Cronulla, Sydney. The aim of the trip is to bring attention to, and raise funds, for Surfrider Foundation and their cause, that is: C.A.R.E. (Conservation, Activism, Research and Education) for one of our most precious resources – the ocean and coastline. 


The guys will be stopping at a number of significant spots along the way, aiming to raise awareness of prominent coastal issues (details and itinerary below). follow the journey, stay updated and make donations.


All funds raised will go to support the non-for-profit organisation Surfrider Foundation Australia: 

Julia Chunn, General Manager of Surfrider Foundation Australia, said:


“Surfrider is thrilled to see that two dedicated surfers are taking to the road to raise funds and awareness for the work of the Surfrider Foundation. We encourage all surfers who love their breaks to take action to preserve our beaches and coastlines. Surfrider’s goal is to encourage beach users to care and then act. We encourage all beach lovers to become aware of local beach issues, we encourage them to become members and find out how they can do something to make a difference.”


Dave – David Barrett-Lennard


Foulsh – Ian Foulsham

The mission by numbers…

Ok, here’s the task at hand:

Distances: Sydney to Melbourne – 906km

Melbourne to Adelaide – 1040km

Adelaide to Perth – 2716km.

Total – 4662km

Dave’s Mission: Sydney to Adelaide: 1946km over 14 days = 139km/day 

Foulsh’s Mission: Sydney to Perth – 4662km over 36 days = 129.5km/day

That’s not going to be too hard, right?

The battle for the ocean and coast…

Surfrider members in Australia and their friends in branches world-wide work on a volunteer basis to protect and enhance the world’s oceans, waves, beaches and surfing spots. They work for clean water, beach access, beach preservation and to protect places of special significance.

The Surfrider movement in the US now lists more than a hundred campaigns they are actively involved in to preserve the coast. 

Here in Australia, Surfrider is engaged in many similar battles, some of which the guys aim to visit and highlight on their trip:


An itinerary…

  • Sunday 1 February – Wanda Beach, Cronulla, NSW

The boys will be commencing their ride from Wanda Beach, Cronulla, Sydney. They are hoping to raise awareness of the drastic impact that sand mining has had on the Kurnell Peninsula. The sand hills have been mined for the Sydney building industry since the 1930’s, removing 170 million tons of sand, which has had various drastic impacts:

  • Numerous deep-water pits
  • Reduction in sand quantity and hence quality of waves/ banks in Cronulla
  • Only a few remnant dunes left
  • Weakened the peninsula’s ability to defend against storms and hence threaten the internationally protected Ramsar Wetlands of Botany Bay


  • Friday 5 February – Bastion Point, Mallacoota, VIC

A proposed 150m long and 3m high breakwater and boat launching facility fails the test on environmental, safety and economic grounds. 

It will also destroy the local surf break. The massive concrete breakwater will completely destroy what is otherwise a pristine coastline, including the dynamiting of a pristine reef.

Bastion Point is the main surf break in town. It is the only surf break within 100km of Mallacoota that can hold surf when the wind and swell comes from the southwest, the dominant wind and swell direction, as the breaks are protected from direct southerly winds. 

The proposed breakwater will cut the surf break in half. It’s time surfers put a stop to the government’s destruction of our recreational assets.

  • Thursday 12 February – South Australia

Location in South Oz yet to be confirmed…


 *Please note dates are approximate and dependant on the boys travels. For updates on their location and ETA please contact Amy Glancey (details above).

Surfrider’s Ongoing Public Awareness Campaigns…

Surfrider actively promotes a number of public campaigns including:

  • Rise Above Plastics– highlighting the destruction caused by dumping plastic into the ocean.
  • Project Blue – Be true blue. It’s not a charity. It’s a plan of action! Buy Billabong boardies made from recycled plastic bottles!
  • Hold On to your Butt! – Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. 2,000,000,000 get tossed each day. Surfrider reminds all smokers that their habit can have a massive impact on marine life.
  • Ocean Care Day – it began in Manly, NSW, as an initiative of the Manly Environment Centre and Surfrider Foundation and is now a national day. The theme for 2008 was Melting Ice – A Hot Topic & Climate Change. 

For more information on campaigns go to:



Amy Glancey will be acting as a media contact in relation to the ride. Amy can be contacted at:

Amy: [email protected]
0402 181 555

Dave and Foulsh are both available for interview during their trip and can be contacted at:

Foulsh: [email protected]
+65 813 82553

Dave: [email protected]
0414 779 029

About Surfrider Foundation Australia:

Surfrider is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Australia’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people through Conservation, Advocacy, Research and Education.

We have 29 chapters nationwide, international affiliates in the USA, Japan, Brazil and Europe, and over 80,000 members worldwide. 

Surfrider advocates for the sustainable management and use of the coastal zone, including coastal river catchments and offshore activities. 

Our opportunities to enjoy the coast: its clean water, its biodiversity and its spectacular landforms, are influenced by the actions of individuals, the aspirations of business and the policies of all levels of government. 

Surfrider aims to increase awareness of many issues impacting on our enjoyment of the coast, and to ensure that our children have similar opportunities to enjoy it as we have today.

While Surfrider has members from all walks of life, 70% of our active members are young males and females aged 16-35. During the last two years, Surfrider has established itself in this market through active promotion of programs in both the surfing and mainstream media.

Surfrider is a company limited by guarantee, and is registered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A.B.N. is 86 061 168 527. 

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