International Surfing Day 2021

In Surfing Theory by Rich BrownLeave a Comment

🕓   3 min read

✏️   Updated on 21st January 2021


If you didn’t know, June 20th 2021 is this years ‘International Surfing Day’. In this post we’ll be taking a closer look into what this surfing holiday is all about. Here are the areas we’ll cover;

1. What is International Surfing Day?
2. When Is It?
3. Who Started It?
4. Where Can I Celebrate?
5. How Can I Celebrate?

It’s a quick read, so let’s get started!


1. What is International Surfing Day?

International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration to achieve two important things. The first is to celebrate surfing and the second is to raise awareness about the health of our oceans. It’s about enjoying the beaches we love and leaving them in a better state then we found them.

Over the last 15 years, celebrations for this important surfing holiday have grown massively. The number of celebrations have increased over the years to 200+ events in more than 30 countries with over one million participants. The celebrations often involve a mixture of surfing, friendly barbecues, film screenings but most importantly beach tidy-ups.

They’re also a great opportunity to head down to the coast with friends and or family to enjoy a slice of the weekend together. This year is a bit different to most with the COVID-19 pandemic likely to affect levels of participation.


2. When is International Surfing Day, 2021?

It’s 20th June 2021.

But, in fact this surfing holiday is held on the third Saturday of June every year. This of course means the date of holiday changes every year but is always kept on a weekend.

This is obviously great because weekends are the most common time we all go surfing, making the most important surfing holiday of the year accessible to most.


3. Who started International Surfing Day?

It was started 15 years ago in 2005 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation.

The day was created to celebrate surfing whilst at the same time bringing an important focus to the environmental issues threatening our oceans.

Since then the celebrations have continued to grow into a truly worldwide event. Countries including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, France, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Israel, Japan, South Korea and coastal communities all over United States have participated in celebrations.


4. Where can I celebrate International Surfing Day?

The Surfrider Foundation created a fantastic event locator where you can find your nearest International Surfing Day paddle out to participate in celebrations.

However, with the COVID-19 pandemic Surfrider Foundation are anticipating that most parts of the world may not be able to participate in large-scale events or even visit the beach. If you are able to safely visit the beach, you should make sure to adhere to all government regulations, including physical distancing and wearing a mask when appropriate.


5. How can I celebrate International Surfing Day?

The best and easiest way is to get amongst the waves. Surfrider have developed some ways you can celebrate International Surfing Day, 2021.

  • If your able to visit your local beach, do a beach cleanup. Then use the hashtag #ISD2021 and tag @Surfrider as they will be highlighting the best on socials.

  • If you can’t get to the beach try tarp surfing. Grab a tarp, grab your skateboard and a friend and get shacked on land! Use the hashtag #InternationalSurfingDay and tag @Surfrider on your social posts for the chance to be highlighted.

  • Support Surfrider and their network of coastal defenders who protect what we love!



Well guys, I hope this post answered some questions and about ‘International Surfing Day, 2021’.

If you do decide to celebrate that’s great, let us know in the comments what you get up to! But, please remember to adhere to all government regulations, including physical distancing and wearing a mask when appropriate.

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