Woohoo, first day of the Billabong Pro. Doesn't matter that the waves are pretty arb, the Pro's the Pro. The circus comes to town, and who doesn't love the circus? Plenty ou's on the beach and in the stands, guys slukking back the beers at 11h00 (hair of the dog?), lekker toasty weather, pro surfers mingling with joe surfers. 'Tis all good. Actually, it's even better....it's all green.
The Bong is the only contest on the Dream Tour that really does it's bit for the planet by doing a full carbon footprint of the event, reducing energy and emissions where possible and carbon offsetting what they can't reduce. So props to Billabong for taking a stand on environmental sustainability. Solar powered showers for the competitors, organic catering and bamboo cutlery & crockery, recycling bins, beach cleans, eco-friendly contest clothing, the whole shebang.
You can do your bit too when you're at the comp - gooi your rubbish in the right recycling bins and pack some mates in the car for the trip to Jbay instead of all driving there in your own cars. Not hard to do, and helps reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon is not cool. Very not cool. It's the global warming bad guy.
Pretty sweet to see the lil lighties from St Francis College don their "Green Team" gear and do a beach clean, showing us how it's done. As if to say thanks for keeping all that crap from blowing into the ocean, a whole school of dolphins cruised right by to show their appreciation. Nature knows when you're doing good.
Keep the planet clean....keep it green.
(Shout out to Coke for sponsoring the greening - good to see a big corporate giving green the green light - check out Coke's own sustainability program called Live for a Difference here. Thanks to Genergy for sponsoring the solar showers - local PE surfer Terry Bilson's sustainable energy company. Lastly to Cleaner Climate, who does the carbon footprinting and offsetting.)