Key environmental issues to be explored over five days
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 March, 2017 - From Monday 13th March speakers from around Australia will gather at the Currumbin RSL for the inaugural International Surfing Symposium with Global Wave Conference.
The conference aims to raise the profile of World Surfing Reserves and to create awareness and seek solutions for a safe, cleaner surfing environment. Key issues to be explored over the five days of the event include: surfing sustainability, recycling of surfing products, removal of plastics and investigate ways of having cleaner, healthy oceans.
Surfrider Foundation Australia will be represented at the event by a number of keynote speakers including Greg Howell, President Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast and Dan Ware, Surfrider Foundation National Director and Research fellow, Griffin Centre for Coastal Management at Griffith University. Ware will be presenting a paper on the topic What is Surf Management Planning?
Former Surfrider Foundation Director Dr Neil Lazarow is also presenting on issues of Culture, Meaning and Sustainability in Surfing.
One of the youngest speakers at the conference will be 15-year-old Pacha Light, Surfrider Foundation Ambassador who is promoting the need to eradicate plastics in our oceans.
Surfrider Foundation National Director and former member of the Bells Beach Surfing Reserve Committee John Foss commented: “This Symposium and Conference create a great opportunity to promote the benefits of Surfing Reserves and the need to do more to protect our waves and beaches. We are stoked to have the opportunity for our members to raise key issues at this important environmental forum.”