This prestigious competition, the Quiksilver Pro takes place in our backyard and it’s a good opportunity for us to check on the environmental credentials of the event and improvements made at each tournament. At this year’s event Climate Wave launched a facebook cause “Support surfing events to go Green”. The aim for this cause is for surfing to become the first international sport to go green and the reception received has been encouraging.
In one week we have gained over 100 supporters including world surfing champions Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Wendy Botha, Tom Carroll and Martin Potter, plus many icons of our surfing tribe:
Rod Brooks, Peter Mel, Chris Davidson, Nick Carroll, Dave Davidson, Bruce Lee, Reggae Ellis, Magnum Martinez, Ramon Navarro and Martin Tullemans.
The event was put on hold for 6 days due to a strong Nor’easter (onshore) wind but conditions have improved with a new swell starting to build from the south which could see Kirra the preferred break; everyone is hopeful this is the case. During the lay days we spoke to many of this tribe and it seems that the greening of surfing events is a cause they support and are passionate about. Many of the surfers commented that they feel this is the way of the future and look forward to having a green surfing circuit.
The competition needs two full days of surfing to complete this event and we hope to gain as many of these professional athletes to the cause as possible.
It promises to be an exciting event and at this stage all surfers have a chance of holding the first trophy of the year. I will be posting a wrap up blog at the end with all names and stats that have been collected…stay tuned!