Grab your surfboard and join the Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter and Newport Beach Chapter in celebrating International Surfing Day on Saturday, June 23, in Huntington Beach from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Everyone will be gathering at Huntington St. just south of the Huntington Beach pier.
“International Surfing Day is a time to rejuvenate with nature,” said Tony Soriano, Surfrider Foundation HB/SB Chapter Chairperson.
Now in its eighth year, International Surfing Day unites surfers from around the world in a global celebration of the sport of surfing.
What began in 2005 with just a handful of local observances in the United States has expanded to more than 200 events in 30
Since British sea captain James Cook sailed to Hawaii in 1778 and saw the Hawaiians riding the waves, the world has been fascinated with surfing.
Marveling at one surfer’s ability, Cook said, “ could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea.”
Today the sport of surfing has been taken up by practically every country that borders the sea.
It’s become a part of the world’s culture with surfing images, expressions, music, fashion and art integrated into the daily lives of surfers and non-surfers alike.
“This is our day to celebrate the spirit and joy of surfing,” says Surfrider Foundation Executive Director Jim Moriarty. “International Surfing Day is also an opportunity for us to give back to the oceans, waves and beaches that bring so much into our lives.”