It was another successful year for International Surfing Day (ISD) as Surfrider Chapters around the globe celebrated their love for beaches and waves. Each chapter hosts their own event featuring cleanups, community celebrations, and sometimes a little bit of both. This year did not disappoint in Washington as three chapters combined serious fun with some beach conservation focused energy for ISD 2016.
Once Again, the Olympic Peninsula chapter continued their long running and highly anticipated ISD bash at Harbinger Winery. The house was jumping with people celebrating their oceans, waves and beaches on the peninsula. The chapter uses this event as an opportunity to raise awareness of their work and to generate funds to ensure their programs are financially supported. All the revenue raised in Port Angeles during ISD stays local to support chapter led beach cleanups, sani-cans at popular beach access points, water quality testing and more.
The South Sound chapter was in good spirits hosting a beach cleanup at Titlow Park in Tacoma and providing a BBQ for volunteers. The chapter also signed up a crew of new members in the Tacoma area. The chapter integrated this event as part of their monthly beach cleanups that have become well know and highly regarded in the South Sound area.
As in past years, the Seattle chapter hosted another ISD event full of good laughs, a local cleanup, and a prize filled raffle, all while supporting a local SUP race. The chapter also signed up new members and recruited ISD attendees to the July 5th cleanup in Westport. Big thanks to Urban Surf for once again providing the venue and we hope to see you there again in 2017!