Save The Planet in 7 Surf-Related Steps

Biking to the waves makes for handy warm up, eases congestion, saves juice and alleviates parking pressure. Plus, ringing the bell is just big fun! Nicaragua. Photo:Burkard.

2. Fly less, Car Share more

Bit of a gnarly one to get your head around, especially seeing as you’re constantly being enticed to far-off climes by the likes of the hypocrite surf mags, but air travel is a big contribution to your carbon footprint, and reducing your carbon footprint is essential to saving the planet.

So what to do? Well, you’re gonna take flights, that’s a given, and you can’t take the train to Indo. Long haul is relatively less carbon inefficient than short haul. So you can still go to Shipstern’s for that next swell… just don’t go for every swell. Maybe cut down on those short haul flights (e.g. to Biarritz) and take the car instead, with a few mates. Or go by rail. The train has a 10th of the impact of flights of the same distance, according to Greenpeace.

Car produces about half the CO2 of flying the same distance, so the best way is to take the car and share. But! Here’s the tricky part: Nobody likes a rent-a-crowd, and rocking up with a car full of bros in deemed a no-no. But seriously, what’s worse? A bit of shitty vibe from some grumpy, crabby, stiff-top-turning troll that will be grumpy anyway, or ecological armageddon? Well?

  • Fly a bit less, but when you do, make it count.
  • Pack more bros in your wagon.
  • Go choo-choo train, not plane, for those cross-country journeys.
  • Ride your bike.


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