World’s Best Surfers Help Spread Awareness for Protecting Our Ocean
WSL One Ocean hosts event-based activations at each Championship Tour stop, highlighting the great work of unique community-based grassroots organizations from around the world. A number of Championship Tour surfers, including current World No. 1s Carissa Moore (HAW) and Griffin Colapinto (USA) have participated, furthering their relationship with the ocean and helping spread awareness of how individual action can play a large role in ocean conservation.
“The ocean brings so much joy,” said Moore. “It’s my playground, my workplace, where I’ve felt most at home since I was a little girl. Being in the ocean all the time as surfers, I think it is our responsibility to take care of it and do our part. If we all do the little things like pick up trash on the beach, educate our friends, share on our socials, and involve our community, it gains momentum. I think we’re stronger together. The WSL has done some cool activations. My favorite was doing a coral restoration workshop in Hawaii. I didn’t even know they took coral, broke it down, and replanted it. I think it’s really amazing, and I’d like to be a part of it again in the future.”
“The ocean is important to me because it’s the place where I exercise, it gives me happiness, and provides life,” said Colapinto. “We can help take collective action by doing things like picking up trash and not using single-use plastic. I think as surfers we have a big influence on people who live near the ocean and love surfing. If they see us taking action hopefully they will too.”
The next stop on the 2023 Championship Tour is the Surf City El Salvador Pro Presented by Corona, which holds a competition window from June 9 – 18, 2023. Ahead of the event, WSL One Ocean will host a river cleanup with WSL PURE grantees Paso Pacifico and Oriente Salvaje. Participants will install river barriers that will prevent plastic from entering the ocean and polluting world-class surf breaks.
Upcoming WSL One Ocean activations for the remainder of the 2023 CT include:
- Surf City El Salvador Pro (La Libertad, El Salvador): WSL PURE is funding the installation of a new river barrier installation with 2023 WSL PURE grantees Paso Pacifico and Oriente Salvaje.
- VIVO Rio Pro (Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): WSL PURE is funding the installation of new lagoon using stream barriers with 2023 WSL PURE grantee Surf Conservation Partnership.
- Corona Open J-Bay (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa): Ocean education and surf therapy for the youth of Jeffrey’s Bay with 2023 WSL PURE grantee JBay Surf Alliance.
- SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro (Teahupoʻo, Tahiti, French Polynesia): Coral restoration activation and education workshop with 2023 WSL PURE grantee Coral Gardeners.
- Rip Curl WSL Finals (San Clemente, CA, USA): Beach Cleanup activation and education workshop with WSL One Ocean Coalition partners.