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Surfers & Scientists Speak On Sustainability

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As Hurley Pro kicks off, surfers, surf industry leaders, and scientists gathered at The Ecology Center to discuss sustainability.





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Surfers & Scientists Speak On Sustainability

Coming Together

Last week, Sustainable Surf and The Ecology Center hosted an amazing farm-to-table gathering with surf industry's top competitors and forward-thinkers in sustainability.

Hurley Pro competitors, Carissa Moore and Owen Wright, were among the guests in attendance along with surf legends Greg Long, Chris Malloy, the Gudauskas brothers, and many others.

Tanner Gudauskas

Tanner Gudauskas

Tanner Gudauskas at The Ecology Center

Photo by Michelle Marie Photography

Locally Sourced

Locally Sourced

It was a low-key evening with "local only" tapas style food. Chris Malloy provided the beef that he raised himself at his ranch in central California. The fresh yellow tail tuna poke was caught in Newport by surfers turned fishermen Christian & Chad of Hook Fish Co. Patagonia Provisions provided wild salmon.

Sourcing info from Hook Fish Co. at the Deep Blue dinner with Sustainable Surf & The Ecology Center

Photo by Michelle Marie Photography

Simple Choices

Conversations naturally centered on the interdependent relationship between food and the environment.

Simple everyday decisions we make about the food we choose to eat can have reverberating impact on the ecosystem. Surfers are often the first to witness the devastating consequences of our current lifestyle on the ocean. They can attest to the millions of plastic pieces in the waves, closed beaches due to contamination, floating carcasses of wildlife amongst oil spills.

Both pro athletes and scientists can agree: we are destroying our environment. Something must be done.

Conversation

Conversation

Courtney Conlogue speaking with Lisa Anderson at The Ecology Center

Photo by Michelle Marie Photography

Vision

Evan Marks, The Ecology Center's Executive Director, opened the dialogue with a compelling statement about where we all were standing: "This is not OC. This is the future."

He is referring to The Ecology Center itself and the vision it represents. This is what sustainability looks like, and it is quite simple. It's not grandiose designs and technological innovations. It's the small things: rain barrels, mulch, compost, native plants. This is about lifestyle. And best of all, it is achievable by anyone. Start small. Start with a resuseable water bottle. Start with eating local. Start with recycling.

Coming Together

Coming Together

Dan Malloy (Patagonia Surf Ambassador) & Evan Marks (The Ecology Center)

Photo by Michelle Marie Photography

Blue Marble

Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of the New York Times best seller book, Blue Mind, illustrated the message in a compelling metaphor of the blue marble.

Each guest was given a blue marble when they first arrived. Nichols asked us to pull out the marble and hold it up. "This is what the earth looks like from outer space," he pointed out. And as they say, it is a matter of perspective. We held the future in our hand, the choice is ours. If each of us cared for our planet for what it is - a small but beautiful world, imagine what we can do.

Sharing Ideas

Sharing Ideas

Wallace J. Nichols (author) and Chad Nelsen (Surfrider Foundation) at The Ecology Center

Photo by Aubrey Devin

Sustainable Surf

Sustainable Surf

Sustainable Surf's ambassador, Greg Long, also reminded our all-star guests that they have great influence upon the next generation. Many of the surfers in attendance have thousands, if not millions of fans who follow what the surfers eat, wear, and buy. Their choices carry great weight and so it matters what those choices are.

Sustainable surfboard materials at the Deep Blue dinner with Sustainable Surf & The Ecology Center

Photo by Michelle Marie Photography

Join Us

This is just the beginning of the conversation, and we look forward to opening the dialogue with everyone.

The Ecology Center is taking the message directly to the fans at Hurley Pro with a youth-driven movement, The Water Effect. Join us in sharing simple solutions that make a big difference!

Hans Hagen (Mauli Ola Foundation) at The Ecology Center

Photo by Aubrey Devin