11 August 19
From Save The Waves: We're excited to announce the winner of the Dirty Wave Challenge and the 5K stewardship fund: Fijian Pro Surfer and Vice President of the Fiji Surfing Association, Hannah Bennett! Hannah's post on the Endangered Waves App won over hundreds of photos submitted from over 10 countries during our October challenge that asked users to identify the dirtiest surf ecosystem.
The prize money went directly to Hannah to help support the ongoing stewardship and cleaning of the rivers and beaches on Viti Levu in partnership with the Fiji Surfing Association.
We documented Hannah’s journey through a new video here, with Save The Waves Ambassador Cliff Kapono.
“The Endangered waves app was a game changer for me and I believe it’s important for beach-goers to have because it helps raise awareness about an isolated region that is polluted and bring to the communities attention such a problem. I also love how seamless it is to use and pin-point your region. Even people within our surfing community here didn’t realize how trash filled our lineup was until they started seeing the posts,” she said.
“There are approximately 35 million surfers worldwide, and they are the front line for our coastlines for climate change, trash, sewage and other issues. Imagine if this entire community was like Hannah: mobilized to track and tackle coastal threats in her own backyard,” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.
The overarching goal of the challenge was to collect data on the health of our surf breaks, mobilize beach goers and educate the surfing community around the key issues facing our coastlines. We also plan to use the photos and data collected to better track and prioritize coastal threats by building our capacity to use artificial intelligence.
Save The Waves will launch another Challenge at the beginning of 2020, but in the meantime please download our App, and report the issue you are seeing at your favorite place. savethewaves.org/mobileapp