Surfrider Foundation Australia
Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) is a sea-roots community organisation dedicated to protecting waves and beaches throughout the Australian coastline, working to achieve their goal through “Conservation, Activism, Research and Education – (CARE)”.
Part of the global Surfrider movement, with other sister foundations in international locations such as France, Brazil, Morocco, North America, Japan and throughout Europe. Annual Surfrider conferences are held in locations worldwide, which continue to strengthen links and foster cooperation. Currently, there are volunteer branches and reps in 25 locations throughout Australia.
The launch of the iconic Endangered Waves campaign in 2012 showcased Surfrider’s incredible 20 year history of saving over 30 waves around Australia. It also lifted the public profile of those waves currently under threat and highlighted the campaign work that their branches, board and HQ undertake to save them.
Rise Against Plastics
Also in 2012, they reached the major milestone of collecting over 50,000 pieces of rubbish, weighing around 4 tonnes, from 67 beach clean-ups, covering 105,000m² of Australia’s beaches as part of the massive Rise Against Plastics campaign.
Programs currently being developed include Citizen Stewardship Days for clubs, kids and corporates, which involves a variety of conservation and education activities under the banner of “Healthy Coasts, Healthy People”.
One of Surfrider’s most significant research and education legacies to date is the “State of Our Surf” project carried out by Michael Legge-Wilkinson in 1996. Based on set environmental criteria, the survey of over 1600 beaches across the Australian coastline resulted in the “Human Impact on Australian Beaches” publication and is still the only one of its kind.