We love a bit of community spirit, and it’s amazing to see how often the surfing community rally together to help save our beaches, oceans and support one another – whether it’s by taking part in a monthly beach clean or attending a weekly surf group to support one another’s mental health.
These are some of the community groups on our radar:
SAS beach cleans
SAS has long been protesting for cleaner waters and are now setting their sights on plastic pollution - in particular that of our oceans. Their campaigns have grabbed the attention of the UK Government and Prince Harry and Megan Markle (who are encouraging people to donate to charities such as SAS instead of sending wedding presents). Now setting their sites on plastic pollution – in particular that of our oceans. With the support of passionate local ambassadors, SAS promote community spirit, a sense of accomplishment and a chance to make a tangible difference to your local beach through their SAS Beach Cleans.
2-minute beach clean
The #2minutebeachclean is run by The Beach Clean Network Limited, a not-for-profit organisation that was set up in 2009 by Martin Dorey and Tab Parry to encourage beach cleaning. Martin came up with the idea of cleaning up the beach just 2 minutes at a time – every time you go to the beach – and began using the hashtag #2minutebeachclean. Since then thousands of #2minutebeachclean posts have appeared on Instagram and Twitter – on every continent.
Tackling possibly one of the most important topics of the moment – mental health – One Wave is a non-profit surf community made up of surfers, sufferers and survivors who aim to break down the barriers and stigma of mental health with a simple recipe… saltwater therapy, surfing and fluro.
Famous for their Fluro Friday, their mottos is: One Wave is all it takes and it’s spreading around the world.
Take 3 for the sea
Take 3 is an Australian not-for-profit organisation committed to reducing plastic pollution and promoting the transition to a circular economy through education and participation. Their message is simple: Take three pieces of rubbish with you whenever you leave the beach, waterway, or anywhere special – and you’ve made a difference. Educating and inspiring our global community, Take 3 is helping to create a cleaner planet for wildlife and future generations.