International Surfing Day 2023

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✏️   Updated on 4th January 2023


If you didn’t know, June 17th 2023 is this years ‘International Surfing Day’. In this post we’ll be taking a closer look into what this surfing holiday is all about and why it’s becoming increasingly important.

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 super 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 18 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. Recent years have been a bit different since the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2023 should have lots more participation in the events that are happening.


2. When is International Surfing Day, 2023?

It’s 17th June 2023.

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. This in turn helps make this important surfing holiday the most accessible as possible for everyone.


3. Who started International Surfing Day?

It was started 18 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?

With most of our exploring habits back to normal now compared to recent years since the COVID-19 pandemic, the best place to celebrate is at your nearest beach.


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, 2023.

  • If your able to visit your local beach, do a beach cleanup. Then use the hashtag #InternationalSurfingDay and tag @Surfrider to be featured on their 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 any other clean up charities that work so hard to protect what we love!



Well guys, I hope this post answered some questions and about ‘International Surfing Day, 2023’.

If you do decide to celebrate, let us know in the comments what you get up to! Personally, I’m going to be doing a 15-minute beach clean every time I head to the coast for a surf. That way I feel like I’m doing my bit to help our awesome coastline stay protected.

The more surfers that know about International Surfing Day the more awareness is raised about the environmental issue threatening our oceans.

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