International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day! We are celebrating this day by asking everyone to take the plastic free pledge! For just one day, or perhaps even longer! From 2-6pm, volunteers will be at the Surfrider tent outside of RBC in Cook St. Village. Come by the tent and learn about our Rise Above Plastics program and sign the petition to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in Victoria!…

Cigarette butts collected from Victoria streets are recycled

A small program to clean up downtown Victoria’s streets has mushroomed in just a month. About 25,000 discarded cigarette butts were gathered in the city over the past month, thanks to the expansion of a collection program. A lone disposal container for butts was installed on Broad Street outside Coastline Surf Shop, and now 19 more, worth about $100 each, have been placed around downtown. It’s part of a pilot…

Environmental group urges smokers to put butts in bins

Local members of the Surfrider Foundation have a simple message for smokers: Hold on to your butt. The environmental group’s multi-city campaign urges smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts somewhere other than streets, parks and beaches, proclaiming: Beaches and Streets Are Not Ashtrays. For now, there is a single disposal canister for spent cigarettes on Broad Street next to the Victoria Event Centre, but the plan is to add…

Surfrider donates $4740 to the CRD

Surfrider pitches in for Jordan River parklands On January 14, Surfrider Vancouver Island presented the Capital Regional District with a cheque for almost $5,000 in support of the purchase of the parklands at Jordan River. Well done! Surfrider has been working with other local community organizations to help protect The Point at Jordan River from development since 2008. We’ve held paddle outs to celebrate public access and attended community meetings…

King Tides 2013

We are excited to announce a new Surfrider Vancouver Island Initiative – King Tides! Every winter the BC coast experiences extreme high tides, also known as King Tides. King tides illustrate the average water levels we can expect in the next 100 years due to climate change induced sea level rise. Imagine high water and storm surge on top of that new sea level, and it is clear we need…

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2013

Saturday September 28th was a very wet and windy day on the west coast but that didn’t stop a dedicated group of 30 volunteers to participate in the 20th year of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Surfrider Vancouver Island chapter registered a clean up Sombrio Beach within the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. This year we removed 101 lbs of garbage of the shoreline. Debris found included a tire,…

Sombrio Beach Interpretive Sign

Surfrider Vancouver Island is proud to announce the installation of a new interpretive sign at Sombrio Beach in Juan De Fuca Provincial Park. BC Parks provided Surfrider VI with a grant through the Park Enhancement Fund to develop a sign that would engage park visitors and raise awareness about the impacts that human behaviour has on the wildlife and natural environment present in the park. The interpretive sign takes a…

Surfers, Oceans and Plastic: Karma Bag Launch Event

Surfrider Vancouver Island presents an evening profiling local businesses’, organizations’ and international surfers’ efforts to conserve our oceans and reduce plastic waste. Local surfboard shaper, Will Hazen from Barracuda Surfboards, speaks about his business’ efforts to reduce their waste in plastics-based industry. Discussion with Bryson Robertson about Ocean Gybe and plastic pollution around the globe. Film screening featuring surfer, Dave Rastovich, and his efforts to raise awareness about ocean conservation…

Vancouver Island Brewery Sponsors Combing the Coast

Vancouver Island Brewery and Surfrider Vancouver Island are proud to announce an exciting new partnership. Vancouver Island Brewery and their Beachcomber Summer Ale and Storm Watcher Winter Ale are sponsoring the Combing the Coast Beach Cleanup Program. Now when you enjoy a bottle of Beachcomber or Storm Watcher you can be stoked that you are also supporting Surfrider Vancouver Island and its volunteers who are working hard at keeping the…

VI Surfrider Foundation collected 590 kilograms of marine debris

Volunteers of the Vancouver Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation collected 590 kilograms of marine debris last week as part of their annual remote beach cleanup event, Combing the Coast. They collected Styrofoam, plastic bottles, hard plastics and other junk from Rugged Point Provincial Park, on the west coast of the north Island. Items found by the group are typically sent to the landfill, but this time around about half…