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How a Group of Surfers Give Back to Coastal Communities Around the World

Surf For Life is based on the premise that human development is all of our responsibility.

Surf For Life started as a group of surfers that decided to do something about the harm that sometimes comes from an international surf/travel lifestyle. People who surf often feed their obsession through world travel. The waves we're looking for are at times found in some very 'undeveloped' parts of the world. Through this, we have a chance to see what life looks like before new business opportunities and the first world comes crashing in. Many of us are also aware that surf breaks in developing nations are often exploited by corporate tourist industries that ignore the needs of the local population. Hotels explode around discovered point breaks. Sometimes, the most a local can hope for is a janitorial or maid job in this new boom town economy.

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End Plastic Pollution: Pick it Up. Bin it. Take Three for the Sea

Take 3 calls upon citizens to take 3 pieces of trash with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere!

Plastic… it’s everywhere. We sit on it, we eat from it, we spend with it, we wear it, we complete surgery with it. In fact, the device you’re reading this from now probably has plastic in it. The uses for plastic are endless. This remarkable substance has quite literally shaped our future—we live in the “Age of Plastic.”

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Tube Time: A Summer's End Celebration of Wave Riding Films in New York

The New York Surf Film Festival opens this weekend showcasing the sport's creativity.


Summer isn't officially over yet, and we're looking forward to celebrating its last hurrah at the New York Surf Film festival this September 19 and 20. Now in its fifth year, the two day event in Brooklyn highlights a curated selection of short and feature films from around the world, as well as world premiers and Q&As.

We’re especially excited to see "Upcycling" a short about transforming an old longboard into a brand new board. The film demonstrates how rewarding giving old equipment new life can be, and the beautiful process of board shaping. We’re also looking forward to "The Promised Land," a feature that proposes surfing may have a place in the Middle East peace process. Also on our list—"30 Days Without Surfing"—a look at the creative moments that happen in life between surf sessions. Check out the full schedule and more information about the festival on their website.

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