Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Catch a Wave Day

Little longboard peelers at Malibu, California.

Kim Bowra running down an early morning line, Burliegh Heads, Goldcoast, Australia.

Unknown invisible - some guy enjoying one on his guts (seriously, I have a lot of respect for good bodyboarders, I'm only teasing), North Shore Oahu, Hawaii.

Drew sweeping up on his SUP. Flat day training, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Now depending on who you listen to and where you read it, either today ( Sunday June 19th) or tomorrow (Monday June 20th) is International Surfing Day. It's a bit of a hallmark day; dreamt up in 2004 by the folks at Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation and now also run as an industry day in Europe, it's meant to be a day when surfers can take stock of how lucky we are, celebrate it and give a little back.
There're normally a few competitions held in various spots across the globe, beach-cleans, movie screenings, free surf-lessons and stuff like that which are sometimes accused of being a little overly corporate. But lets boil it down a bit: A day to enjoy and celebrate sliding around on waves, sharing the oceans energy. We should be thankful for it everyday but perhaps sometimes it just becomes a bit normal so it's no bad thing to take a day and think about it. Remind ourselves just how good it really is.

What would you be, where would you be, who would you be without surfing in your life?

So either take what's left of today, or make a plan for tomorrow, and take a moment to enjoy surfing. It's a couple of days off the summer solstice here in the Northern hemisphere so you've still got time to get in there now. Go get in there and catch a few waves, be it on a shortboard, longboard, squishy board, no board, with a paddle, whatever. However you harness the Ocean's energy to move you back towards shore be thankful for it. And on your way back up the beach pick up any litter/trash you see and stick it in a bin, so that the Oceans remain nice for everybody else to enjoy too.

Thank you surfing.

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