Wooden surfboard expression session as part of Bleach*

A wooden surboard expression session takes place for the first time this weekend.

Hosted by Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast / Tweed, and part of the Bleach* Festival, it’s being coordinated by sustainable events specialists Climate Wave Enterprises.

Bleach* Festival Director Louise Bezzina said, “We welcomed the Eco Challenge Expression Session event under the Bleach* banner because we’re aligned in our commitment to positive contributions to the community.”

Sustainability is a hot topic amongst the surfing fraternity on the coast, especially given the recent interest in the proposed development of a ship terminal at Kirra beach. World Champion surfers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, Surfrider lifetime members, lead the Save Kirra campaign and have also shown their support for the Eco Challenge.

Event organiser and Climate Wave Managing Director, Greg Howell, said the event would raise awareness as well as funds.

“There are many people that share this passion and we’ve had great support for this event,” he said.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and to highlight the advantages of thinking ‘outside the square’ when designing and managing events. Everyone should step up to the challenge of greening events that benefit the environment, especially when this includes our beaches.”

The Expression Session will include wooden hand planes, body boards and Alaia as well as standard short and long boards. Winners will be awarded dune plants, which will be planted following the event with the assistance of BeachCare.

The Eco Challenge Gold Coast takes place on Sunday 16 March 2014 from 9.00am to 1.00pm. The event will be held at Currumbin Beach, Tomewin Street, part of the Bleach* Boulevard. Entry fee is a gold coin donation, all money raised goes to Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics project.

For more information contact Greg Howell on +61 414 939 942, or Greg@climatewave.com

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