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Surfing to become the benchmark for environmental sustainable sporting events in the world

This story begins in the year 2000 when Guil Araujo designed and launched an environmental management program for an event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) at the Barra Beach International in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the wake of that, he was also responsible for over-viewing the environmental management practices for the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) World Amateur Championship in Maracaipe, Pernambuco, Brazil, with more than 300 athletes from over 30 nations.

Since then greening events became Guil's direction and with his passion to enhance sustainable issues at surfing events, he approached the ASP to discuss environmental management systems. Firstly in 2004 with Professor Ralph Buckley from Griffith University- Gold Coast- Queensland - Australia and later in 2008 with Greg Howell his business partner at Climate Wave Enterprises when the carbon footprint of air travel for the athletes and ASP entourage was calculated based on the 2007 ASP world tour (The Benchmark –intro and calc.only). At the time ASP President Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, said: “this is cutting edge stuff guys”.

However due to circumstances beyond the ASP control the development of a greener Dream Tour did not progress. But now times have changed, climate circumstances aggravated and we have the necessary justifications to change the priority of items on the agenda, as shown by the Organization of International Standards, ISO, in their preparation of green guidelines for events to be launched at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Surfing should become the benchmark of green sporting events because our sport is so dependent on natural variables. Through the way we run our events surfing can show other sporting communities and associations how a sport can help the world become more sustainable. Kelly Slater is a prime example, offsetting the carbon footprint of his entire career showing responsibility and good will by taking direct action.

If the greater surfing tribe joins this cause and gets this swell in motion, surfing will become the benchmark for environmental sustainable sporting events in the world. Get on board and join now!

Guil Araujo

working for the planet

1. Surfing is perhaps the sport most affected by climate change

2. Surfing events are an essential part of surfing culture

3. Surfers can reduce the impact their sport has on the planet