SOME of the world’s best surfers have joined locals in a massive ‘paddle out’ on the Gold Coast, to celebrate International Surfing Day and bring awareness to ocean health.
Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater was among half-a-dozen of the World Surf League’s top competitors who paddled out alongside more than 100 local surfers at Kirra Beach on Saturday morning.
Other pro-surfers included Jack Freestone, Alana Blanchard, Josh Kerr, Bede Durbidge, and Wade Carmichael.
It was part of a global effort to bring awareness to ocean health, with more than 70 paddle out’s around the world.
World Surf League’s #StopTrashingWaves campaign pushes for a carbon neutral planet and aims to eliminate single-use plastics by the end of 2019 and “leave each place better than it was found”.
Every action counts to help save our ocean. Join the global paddle out on International Surfing Day on June 15th to show your support. Learn more at https://t.co/4ysT4aty93 #WorldOceansDay #StopTrashingWaves #wslpure pic.twitter.com/7xs8ddNz1m
— World Surf League (@wsl) June 8, 2019