International Surfing Day was established in 2005 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation. International Surfing Day closely follows the spirit and intent of the World Surf Day, established by the Usenet newsgroup alt.surfing in 1993. International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing. The day is observed with surf contests, barbecues, film screenings and other surf-related activities. Surfers also use the day to give back to the environment by organizing beach clean-ups, dune and other habitat restoration and other activities such as lobbying to maintain the recreation areas in California where surfing occurs or planting Naupaka (a flowering coastal plant) in Hawaii.

As the name suggests, International Surfing Day is held all over the world in destinations where surfing is particularly popular such as Hawaii, California, Bali, and Newquay in Cornwall. A large number of surfing competitions will be held on this day, which attracts pro surfers from around the world as well as anyone who simply wants to have fun riding the waves.

This year, the Surfrider Foundation has christened the theme of ISD “Protect and Enjoy.”

"The Surfrider Foundation network of volunteers both around the nation and worldwide are taking action every day to preserve our ocean and coasts," said Eddie Anaya, Marketing Director for the Surfrider Foundation. "This International Surfing Day, we take a moment to reflect on what we're working hard to defend, to enjoy the ocean and coasts and to bring as many people to the beach as possible to 'Protect and Enjoy' for the future."

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