Five Categories of Environmental Impacts
The Deep Blue Event™ program is a tool to help events d managers dramatically increase the sustainability performance of their event. Operational, environmental and community impacts can be addressed through the following five categories:
#4: Community Support
#5: Climate Change
* The case study used to develop these guidelines was the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search held in San Francisco, CA. See the Final Sustainability Report from this event. These guidelines and related recommendations are intended to be flexible so as to allow for the unique resources available at each individual contest.
Qualification Criteria for Designation as a Deep Blue Surfing Event™
To obtain a Deep Blue Surfing Event™ status, the event must:
A Deep Blue Surfing Event™ designation sends a clear message to all spectators and sponsors: this event is serious about reducing it’s environmental impact, while leaving a positive legacy for the community. There are many local and global environmental threats to surfing, such as marine plastic pollution, the looming extinction of coral reefs from ocean acidification and ocean warming, and the “permanent high tide” from sea level rise that will swamp out most surf breaks.
Ultimately, the educational focus at the heart of the Deep Blue Surfing Event program (indeed, all of Sustainable Surf’s programs) is to inspire the viewers of these surfing events to take the same types of actions they see at the surf contest, in their own daily lives. This collective effort can, and will, result in a better world for the sport and culture of surfing.
We are proud to offer this program as way to help provide a path for WSL sanctioned events, including the World Championship Tour (WCT), to join the ranks of other major sporting leaugues like the NBA, NFL, MLB, and the NHL that are collaborating through theGreen Sports Alliance to improve the environmental performance and footprint of their operations, while demonstrating important leadership for their fans.
Working With Sustainable Surf on Your Next Surfing Event
For those surf brands and event producers who would like to understand how to obtain a Deep Blue Surfing Event designation, pleasecontact us and see the basic steps below.