The Coastal Development Authority had taken the initiative to organize “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign which was supported by Surfing Swami Foundation, Panambur Beach Development Authority and Canara Surfing and Water Sports Promotional Council. The campaign saw over 350 students from various educational and surfing institutions from around Mangaluru. The aim of the campaign was to clean the beaches of the coastal beaches of Mangaluru. The volunteers had collected over 500bags of various wastes. Carefully segregated into plastics, rubber, glass bottles and biodegradable waste which was transported to waste treatment plant. Surfing Swami Foundation plans to work with District Administrations and educational institutions to hold such programs monthly throughout the Karnataka coast.
Surfing Swami Foundation organized a massive annual beach clean-up and awareness program in association with Mantra Surf Club which was funded and supported by Chris Burkard Studio and prAna.
A total of 80 volunteers gathered for the beach clean up which included young students, enthusiastic locals and members of Mantra Surf Club. The volunteers assembled early in the morning at around 6:00 AM at Mantra Surf Club and continued beach clean up until 9:00 AM. Over 200 bags of Various wastes were carefully segregated into plastics, glass bottles, rubber and bio-degradable wastes which were later transported in plastic bags to waste treatment plant.
Mr. Yatish Baikampady, CEO, Panambur Beach Devlepment Authority and Mr. Gaurav Hegde, Secretary, Kanara Small Industires Association headed the beach clean-up program today. They also spoke about the necessity of regular beach clean up programs and long-term solution to waste disposal. They have pioneered many beach clean-up drives and development activities along the coastline of Karnataka.
Surfing Swami Foundation is determined to play a major role in educating and supporting these initiatives with Government agencies, private organizations and corporate bodies.
Although Surfing Swami [Jack Hebner] wasn't there with us today due to his travel schedule he was there in spirits and it's always been his wish to see our pristine coastline free of plastic and other waste materials.
Surfing Swami Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing and empowering young underprivileged boys & girls from coastal villages with surfing being one of the key proponents. Ocean conservation and awareness programs are also some of the initiatives taken up by Surfing Swami Foundation.
Mantra Surf Club is India's first and premiere surfing club dedicated to pastimes of surfing and other water sports activities. Members of Mantra Surf Club are passionate about surfing, ocean conservation, and community development.
Chris Burkard Studio - Chris Burkard is a world-renowned travel adventure photographer who was recently in India on a surf trip with members of Mantra Surf Club. He was gracious enough to donate his ticket proceedings from his successful premiere of Under an Arctic Sky movie in India towards Surfing Swami Foundation and it's initiatives.
prAna - An outdoor apparel brand based out of California, U.S.A, prAna believes in sustainable products and fair trade practices. prAna recently toured India with members of Mantra Surf Club and supported Chris's movie screening in India and initiatives of Surfing Swami Foundation.