Sustainable Surf’s Deep Blue Event program is the world’s first sustainability certification for professional surfing and surf-culture events.
Launched in 2011 with the Rip Curl Pro, San Francisco, the initiative has seen nearly 30 major surf events be recognized for their efforts to hold an ocean-friendly ‘Deep Blue’ event.
A Deep Blue Event™ is a more “Ocean Friendly” event, that sets a clear path for reducing environmental impacts, while also providing social benefits for the local community. Sustainable Surf provides a transparent reporting platform that evaluates the sustainability performance of each event based on the international standard for sustainable event reporting – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
The program focuses on five key sustainability impacts: Waste, Energy, Community Support, Climate Change and Transportation. More information about the Deep Blue Event focus areas can be found here.
Deep Blue Events address impacts directly related to the local contest area, including waste reduction, protection of natural resources, and the building of stronger communities. They also reduce direct threats to the global sport of surfing itself, such as: sea level rise, ocean acidification, and the loss of the world’s living coral reefs, which are already harming our oceans, waves and beaches.
A Deep Blue Event™ sends a clear message to all spectators and sponsors: this event is serious about sustainability.
Want to know more about the impact Deep Blue Events are having? Check out some of our favorite Deep Blue stories here and read through the detailed event reports below.
Surfer Poll Awards 2015