International Surfing Day shares excitement and message of inclusion – Orange County Register

No one owns the ocean – and the beach belongs to everyone.

This is the message that the Surfrider Foundation is spreading on the occasion of this year’s International Surfing Day, a day to go out and share the pleasure of surfing the waves.

The day, which this year takes place on June 18, is celebrated in some 30 countries, with more than 200 events around the world. Locally, there are two official gatherings, one at the Huntington Beach Pier and another at El Porto in Manhattan Beach.

“We spend 364 days a year protecting the ocean, and today is a day to enjoy it,” said Chad Nelsen, CEO of Surfrider Foundation. “Surfing is an amazing and joyful sport – as long as we can all get along and everyone is welcome.”

International Surfing Day was launched by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine in 2005 as an excuse to celebrate the sport and culture, which in recent years has seen a surge of new entrants as people search for ways to enjoy the full air. But without understanding the rules of water and surf etiquette, conflicts among growing crowds can cause tension and trouble.

“There are a lot of unwritten rules and etiquette for sharing makeup,” Nelsen said, listing a few. “Paddle behind a surfer so you don’t get in their way, put the person on the wave first and share – no one wants to be a wave pig.”

And International Surfing Day is also a good time to remind longtime surfers that the sport is all about enjoying the waves with each other, he said.

  • International Surfing Day, a quasi-public holiday on June 18, 2022, is an opportunity to share the fun with others. The event, organized by the Surfrider Foundation, started in 2005 and is now celebrated in over 200 countries. Gatherings will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier and at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Axel Koester, collaborating photographer)

  • International Surfing Day, almost a holiday on June 18, 2022,...

    International Surfing Day, a quasi-public holiday on June 18, 2022, is an opportunity to share the fun with others. The event, organized by the Surfrider Foundation, started in 2005 and is now celebrated in over 200 countries. Gatherings will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier and at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Axel Koester, collaborating photographer)

  • International Surfing Day, almost a holiday on June 18, 2022,...

    International Surfing Day, a quasi-public holiday on June 18, 2022, is an opportunity to share the fun with others. The event, organized by the Surfrider Foundation, started in 2005 and is now celebrated in over 200 countries. Gatherings will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier and at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • International Surfing Day, almost a holiday on June 18, 2022,...

    International Surfing Day, a quasi-public holiday on June 18, 2022, is an opportunity to share the fun with others. The event, organized by the Surfrider Foundation, started in 2005 and is now celebrated in over 200 countries. Gatherings will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier and at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Axel Koester, collaborating photographer)

  • International Surfing Day, almost a holiday on June 18, 2022,...

    International Surfing Day, a quasi-public holiday on June 18, 2022, is an opportunity to share the fun with others. The event, organized by the Surfrider Foundation, started in 2005 and is now celebrated in over 200 countries. Gatherings will be held at the Huntington Beach Pier and at El Porto in Manhattan Beach. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“I see these angry surfers in the water sometimes,” he said. “Presumably we are all here having fun. If you’re not having fun, why are you?

“Especially in Southern California, the lines are more crowded, we just have to find a way to all get along,” he said.

Nelsen spoke about Duke Kahanamoku and the Hawaiian Olympian’s desire to spread the “aloha” spirit by sharing and being gracious to others.

“I think we should all remember that,” he said. “He shared the sport with the world. We probably wouldn’t be surfing, but for him.

Although there has been no official study, in addition to their increasing numbers, lineups in recent years have seen another wave of change with more diversity among surfers hitting the water, did he declare. More groups featuring surfers of different ethnic backgrounds are emerging, highlighting the shift in surfing culture.

“We’re really seeing this emergence of more black surfers and people of color,” Nelsen said. “And it’s great to see. I think it enriches the sport, it brings in new culture, new ideas and new people – which is always a good thing.

“Our beach and our ocean are public goods, they are open to everyone,” he said. “Nobody owns the beach, nobody owns the ocean. It’s one thing to be technically cleared, it’s another to be welcome.

“I still think we have some way to go, but I feel like it’s moving in a positive direction.”

The Surfrider Foundation recently released a “Good Vibes Beach Guide” to remind people to get out there and have a good time, while sharing their knowledge with others.

“It’s kind of a reminder that all of us, especially those of us who are experienced, need to be good and welcoming stewards of the surf and help people understand etiquette and rules and be kind and gracious. about it, and not bad guys and bad guys,” Nelsen says.

And it’s also giving back to the ocean which allows us to use its waves as a playground.

“If you want to enjoy the ocean, you also have to be a good ocean steward,” Nelsen said. “This includes not littering, protecting the ocean – giving back and getting involved. The ocean and beaches don’t take care of themselves, so we need to take care of them.

Saturday’s events include a surf rally and beach cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier and a rally from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at El Porto in Manhattan Beach, meet at the 45th street parking lot.

More info: surfrider.org/isd

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