The day we have all been waiting for is finally here: International Surfing Day (ISD)! On Thursday, June 20th Ocean Minded will join the Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter for this annual event and beach cleanup, in conjunction with the 2013 Surfing America Surf Championship at Lower Trestles in San Clemente California.
Founded by the Surfrider Foundation and SURFING Magazine, ISD unites surfers worldwide and encourages ocean enthusiasts to help protect our oceans, waves and beaches by participating in family-friendly events. ISD started in on June 20th, 2005 with only 16 domestic locations and one international, and has since grown to over 200 events in 30 countries.
Along with local the Surfrider Chapter of South Orange County, Ocean Minded will host the official ISD beach clean up, and join the beach BBQ, ISD giveaways and Surfing America’s contest viewing of the best amateur surf talent in the United States.
“Surfing America is proud to host ISD during the contest at Lowers as this is a worldwide celebration of our sport and how important it is to protect our premiere surfing resources, California State Parks and oceans,” stated Greg Cruse, Executive Director, Surfing America.
Ocean Minded’s Marketing Director, Bob Tanner commented, “This year is an extra bonus of being at our local spot, Lower Trestles, during Champs. Please join us in our backyard, as we look forward to a fabulous day of surfing, hosting the beach clean-ups and Ocean Minded giveaways!”
In addition to ISD festivities and the Surfing America Surf Championships being held at Trestles on Thursday, this famous surf break will be seeing a ton of love and support today as well. At 1:00 p.m. today in San Diego, California, countless surfers and environmental activists will join forces to help persuade the Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny the Transportation Corridor Agency’s (TCA) toll road plans and save this beloved surf break.
In 2008, 3,500 people gathered to fight the TCA’s initial toll road plans, creating the one of the largest public hearings in State history, and together they successfully persuaded the Coastal Commission to deny the plan and Save Trestles. Not even five years later, San Onofre State Beach and Trestles are calling on the public again, to help persuade the board and take a final stand to save trestles.
The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. today, June 19th at 9174 Sky Park Court, San Diego, California, 92123. Public comment will be taken shortly after and Ocean Minded will be present with Surfrider to help save Trestles. For more information on Surfrider’s Save Trestles campaign visit savetrestles.surfrider.org. To find an ISD beach cleanup or event near you, visit isd.surfrider.org.