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…

Combing the Coast in Clayoquot Sound

If you've ever read a story about surfing on the Canadian coast, you're pretty sure to have read a few boilerplate paragraphs about how pristine it is in this part of the world. How bears and wolves stroll past the tent sites on the shoreline, perhaps, or how the lineups are alive with seals and whales, or how the water is a pure psychedelic green and the mountains are a…

Pilot Program Aims to Keep Cigarette Butts off Victoria Streets and Beaches

Surfrider Foundation, the Downtown Victoria Business Association and the City of Victoria are teaming up for a pilot program to keep cigarette butts off our streets, out of the stormwater system and off beaches. The goal is to install 20 easily identifiable cigarette disposal canisters in downtown Victoria, offering the public a responsible cigarette disposal option. Six businesses have already volunteered to host these canisters. The goal is to have…

Beach clean-up yields nearly one ton of debris

Volunteers from Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter removed about 2,180 pounds of marine debris from Vargas Island this past weekend. "We removed more garbage from Vargas Island than any beach we've held a clean-up at over the last five years," says chapter chairperson Lucas Harris in a recent media release. Harris believes the success of this clean-up illustrates the level of accomplishment volunteer efforts can achieve in terms of beautifying…