The first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere also signifies International Surfing Day (ISD). Founded eight years ago by the Surfrider Foundation, ISD has become a global celebration of the sport and culture of surfing.
According to the Surfrider Foundation, ISD has “grown to over 200 separate events in over 25 different countries. From paddle-outs to beach clean-ups, surf movie nights to mangrove restorations, surfers across the world come together today to both celebrate the sport of surfing, and to give something back to the oceans, waves and beaches that give us all so much.”
Today, Surfrider chapters on Long Island are hosting surf sessions and BBQs for local surfers to celebrate and help preserve the ocean with beach cleanups. There will be events at Rockaway Beach and Gilgo Beach.
Rockaway Beach, Queens
- Beach clean up, education/tabling and prizes will be awarded!
- Noon- 7 p.m.
Gilgo Beach Park, Babylon
- BBQ and surf session/ paddle out
- 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
To find an ISD event near you, go to the Surfrider website.
Also tune in to the ISD Web-A-Thon (great webcast) hosted by Transworld Surf Editor-In-Chief Chris Cote live. Cote and friends will be interviewing special guests and pro surfers about how they celebrate this day and how they contribute in keeping the ocean clean.
Listen and learn to their tips to find out how you can help out yourself or join! They have some awesome special packages for today only!