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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).

Sustainable Surf is also a member of the Sustainable Event Alliance. Providing links and resources to sustainable event managers globally.

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.

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Pismo Beach Open 2017
(Pending)
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Pacific Paddle Games 2017
(Pending)
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Protect Blue, Noli 2017
(Pending)
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Green Surf Festival 2017
(Pending)
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Cobblestone Classic 2017
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Byron Bay Surf Festival
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Red Bull DBD Launch
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Volcom Pipe Pro 2017
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Fiji ISA Worlds 2016
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Volcom Pipe Pro 2016
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Volcom TCT 2016
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Wanderlust Festival 2016
surfpoll 2015
Surfer Poll Awards 2015
VTCS2013
Vans Triple Crown 2015
(3x events total)
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Vans US Open 2015
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Volcom Pipe Pro 2015
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Volcom TCT 2015
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Vans Triple Crown 2014
(3x events total)
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Vans US Open 2014
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Volcom Pipe Pro 2014
VTCS2013
Vans Triple Crown 2013
(3x events total)
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Quiksilver Pro France 2013
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Roxy Pro France 2013
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Volcom Fiji Pro 2013

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Volcom Pipe Pro 2013
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Volcom Fiji Pro 2012 
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Rip Curl Pro Search 2011