SURFER Magazine recently announced that the 2015 Surfer Poll has been determined to be a Deep Blue Surfing Event by the team at Sustainable Surf with support from Surf Sweets Organic Candles and Turtle Bay Resort. The Deep Blue Surfing Event is a much more ocean-friendly event that sets to reduce direct environmental impacts. They also strive to provide a wide variety of positive social benefits for both the local and global community.
The Deep Blue Surfing Events strive to address issues that are directly related to the local are that the event is being held such as the strengthening of local community institutions, waste reduction, and wide use of natural resources. Also, they hope to reduce threats to the sport of surfing itself, including loss of the world’s living coral reefs, ocean acidification and the rise of sea-levels.
Each and every one of the Deep Blue Surfing Events focus on five specific categories to focus on and improve. The 5 Categories for the 2015 SURFER Poll Awards event have already been chosen and they go as followed:
Waste Diversion: The Turtle Bay Resort has a plan to reduce the amount of their waste taken to a landfill by using reusable utensils, plates, and cups. They will also work on composting and recycling eligible items.
Renewable Energy: The Turtle Bay Resort has a solar roof that is expected to provide over 50% of energy to the Surfer Poll Event.
Climate Change Impact: 100 percent of the C02 footprint caused by the event will be mitigated by using high-quality carbon offsets from REDD+ Forest
Conservation Projects, from Wildlife Works.
Community Support: The Surfer Poll Awards plan to honor the North Shore Community Land Trust with the 2015 Agent of Change Awards. This awards also comes along with a $10,000 donation.
Transportation: In order to minimize CO2 emissions from driving, shuttle van services will be used to transport the guests and athletes.
The 2015 Surfer Poll event will take place on December 6, 2015, 9 pm Pacific Time.