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What is Bike to Surf?

My name is Cameron Brown, and I recently decided to only go surfing by way of my bike for one year, to create awareness about our ability as individual surfers to lower our carbon emissions.

One day not long ago, I woke up and realized that the act of racking up gas miles in the air and on land, in pursuit of waves, is actually really harmful to our environment. Upon learning just how harmful, I decided to offset a couple years spent traveling by taking this pledge.

The point of Bike to Surf is not to discourage surfers from traveling. It’s to encourage us to make an effort to at least change our habits at home, and when we do travel, to do it in the most responsible and efficient way.

The majority of us around the world that surf with any sort of consistency live within biking, skating or walking distance to the beach, but the vast majority of us drive to surf. I know I’m guilty of it, up until two months ago I had been doing it since I was 16 and I’m 24.

We as surfers are generally the first ones to claim that we care about the ocean, because we feel connected to it. But when we drive short distances and jet set around the world, we become walking contradictions. It hurts to think about, but if we’re really being honest with ourselves, it’s true right?

I don’t know when eco friendly surfboards are going to be the status quo. I don’t know when the surfing industry giants will stop outsourcing their manufacturing in exchange for greater profits.

What I do know is this: by driving less and biking to surf, I can make a difference, and the beauty of Bike to Surf is that with a little effort, you easily can too.