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

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…

Inspection reveals B.C. beaches a global garbage dump

For Lucas Harris, every piece of garbage that a small group of surfers collects on B.C.’s supposedly pristine beaches helps to paint a bigger picture on marine debris. The plastic bottles, fuel containers, buoys, fish nets, ropes and blocks of Styrofoam his group collects (more than one ton of garbage on a recent outing) all help to reveal patterns of waste in the mass of detritus washing ashore daily on…

Ellice Recycle Sponsors CTC

Surfrider Vancouver Island is excited to announce that Ellice Recycle Ltd. is a proud new sponsor of the Combing the Coast beach cleanup program. Ellice will be providing in-kind waste-management and recycling support for all the debris collected throughout the year at Surfrider VI beach cleanups. Through our partnership with Ellice, Surfrider VI will be able to divert much of the collected debris from going to the landfill. Check out…

Win a New Barracuda Surfboard

As part of their launch of their summer Beachcomber Ale and to celebrate the sponsorship of Surfrider Vancouver Island and Combing the Coast, Vancouver Island Brewery has decided to offer the opportunity to win a brand new Barracuda surfboard. Visit Vancouver Island Brewery’s website for more details and to enter. Good luck and enjoy!