SurfAid #MakeAWave 14 Day Update

I am proud to be an Ambassador for the SurfAid's #MakeAWave challenge. I had set out to be either surfing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming for 30 days in September however I'm based in Melbourne and current COVID restrictions have impacted this. For the first 7 days of the 30 day challenge I was either kayaking, training with waterfilled training equipment, getting creative or doing surf inspired workouts. Over the past week (days 8 - 14) I've been kayaking, taking out an old wave rider, training at home, and I even had a lay day. So far I've raised $186 towards my goal of raising over $1000 to help SurfAid deliver their programs. When you  support my fundraising  you give people in remote communities connected to us through surfing a hand up, rather than a handout.  SurfAid's geographical focus is on the heartlands of surfing where few visitors but surfers go, make their work unique. They specialise in working in very isolated villages where the maternal and chil

Rip Curl Offers A Wetsuit Recycling Program

Do you have old wetsuits, dilapidated thongs or worn-down wettie mats hanging around your house? Not sure what to do with them? Well here's an idea, how about upcycling or recycling them?

For the last few months Rip Curl has been trialing a Wetsuit Recycling Program at their Torquay Store and they are continuing the recycling program for the rest of the year due to its success. 

The rubber being brought in are either upcycled through Surfing Victoria’s Indigenous Program, or the remaining suits that are not suitable will be crushed up and recycled into rubber flooring, playground mats and other rubber things.

So get to rummaging around your house, find that old rubber and head in to the Rip Curl Torquay Boardstore. Where a staff attendant will take the rubber off your hands.

If you're not in the Torquay region, and you still want to recycle or upcycle your old rubber, simply post a package to the Rip Curl Torquay Store with a note inside saying if you want to recycle or upcycle. Then pop your old wetsuits in the post to:
Rip Curl Retail
101 Surf Coast Hwy Torquay
VIC 3228

So far over 20 wetsuits have been donated to the Victorian Indigenous Surfing Program. Which will help keep young Indigenous kids warm and will allow them to surf more this coming winter.

What's even more exciting is that in the future this program could potentially be carried out in Rip Curl stores around the world.