We are huge supporters of Surfrider, and if you are in Texas we highly suggest that you hook up with a local chapter of Surfrider Texas.
With Chapters in South Padre Island, Coastal Bend, G-Town, Houston, and Austin, there are tons of other Texas surfers out there making a difference and helping to protect Texas beaches. If you are looking for a good time to get involved with the Surfrider Foundation, International Surfing Day (ISD) is June 20th, and there some awesome events for Texas surfers to attend and to give back to our beaches that we love so much. From a dawn patrol session and beach clean up (with free tacos) in Galveston, to a paddle out and BBQ in Austin (yes there are a lot of landlocked surfers in Austin), to a free children’s surfing clinic in South Padre Island, there are plenty of sweet events to participate in at this year’s ISD events in Texas. Here are the four events listed thus far, and be on the lookout for the Coastal Bend’s International Surfing Day event.
Short board, long board, no board, International Surfing Day returns, on Thursday, June 20.
Now in its ninth year, International Surfing Day (ISD) continues to unite surfers around the world to celebrate the sport of surfing, while raising awareness and showing appreciation for our coastal environments.
“Part of the beauty of International Surfing Day is that people everywhere can celebrate and give back,” said Surfrider Foundation Director of Marketing & Communications Laura Lee. “Whether that’s paddling out for the very first time, sneaking in a quick session with friends, or picking up trash at your local beach, ISD is as big as you make it.”
Surfing has a history as diverse as the characters that shaped it; it has grown from an almost forgotten sport of kings to a billion-dollar industry. ISD began in 2005 with a small handful of local observances in the United States and has since expanded to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide.
As in previous years, the Surfrider Foundation will be organizing various surf sessions, beach cleanups, and coastal restoration events for people to participate in. In 2012, International Surfing Day participants removed more than 3 tons of trash from our coastlines. Additionally, 1,800 people joined or renewed their Surfrider membership and hundreds of thousands of people watched the first-ever ISD Web-A-Thon.
Surfrider Foundation encourages you to start planning now and save the date for June 20 so you don’t miss out on this awesome annual celebration. For additional information on International Surfing Day or to plan your own event, please visit www.intlsurfingday.com.