SURFRIDER FOUNDATION BADEN-PFALZ
The Surfrider Foundation Europe is an NPO dedicated to the defence, rescue, improvement and maintenance of the oceans, coasts, waves and the people who use and enjoy them. This is done sustainably through education and awareness-raising, research, lobbying against pollution, lobbying against coastal development, local actions, public mobilization and protests, and the manufacture and sale of products of the non-profit organization’s brand.
Daniel Kern, 30, grew up in southern Germany. Every year he spent most of his summer holidays at the Atlantic Ocean in France which made his love for the ocean grow throughout his entire childhood. Even his 1st birthday was celebrated at this beloved place.
He loves animals, the ocean, Surfing and Stand Up Paddle boarding. Trying to spend as much time as possible at the ocean he moved to the Baltic Sea where he lived for 5 years and had to witness the pollution of the sea, rivers and lakes around us several times.
Daniels mission is to help people open their eyes to see how beautiful our world is. They need to understand that change needs to start now! Throw your trash in the bin, stop buying products wrapped in plastic, see the world as what it is: a beautiful place where we are invited to live!
Our planet is beautiful with all its goods and bad. We need to start protecting it with all its lovely creatures because we only have one earth and we‘ll never get a second chance. We have to act now through education and awareness-raising, research, lobbying against pollution, lobbying against coastal development, local actions, public mobilization and protests, and the manufacture and sale of products of the non-profit organization’s brand.
Projects of Surfrider Foundation Baden-Pfalz
Daniel founded the Baden-Pfalz chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in Europe. They run several campaigns including clean-ups alongside rivers and educational booths where they host live talks to people about Surfrider Foundation. They also host DIY workshops (making soap and shower gels or tissues out of beeswax paper etc). Right now they’re working on a program for German schools. Their aim is to raise awareness, within every age group, for the ongoing problems concerning our planet.
Daniels newest personal project outside the Surfrider Foundation is called “SUPer Kids“. This consists of having weekly meetings with kids and teens to explain the worldwide pollution of seas and nature so they understand that now‘s the time to make a change and to make his world a healthier place. His aim is to help them to realize that we have to work for our planet and not against it. Daniel is really looking forward to seeing which solutions they might come up with when they start to see the world through the eyes of our children.
History of Surfrider Foundation
In 1984, surfers in Malibu (California) decided to use active resistance to preserve the local surf spot at risk. After several years as a loose association, an official organization was finally formed and the Surfrider Foundation was established. The three-time world surfing champion Tom Curren founded the first chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Europe in Biarritz (France) in 1990. From there, the SFE continued to expand and is now represented in several European countries.
Surfrider Foundation Europe
The Surfrider Foundation Europe is an independent organization with its headquarters in Biarritz (France). From there, the activities are coordinated and supported across Europe. The majority of the chapters are located on the French Atlantic coast with their numerous surf spots. Other countries with active groups are Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Spain and Austria. Across Europe there are around 5,000 members, 1,000 volunteers in 40 chapters and 15,000 supporters for the Surfrider Foundation.
There are currently three active chapters in Germany, Baden-Palatinate, Berlin and Hamburg. The chapters are committed to the coasts, seas, rivers and lakes in Germany. The Chapter Bas-Rhin is based in Strasbourg, the Chapter Swiss Lakes in Richterswil on Lake Zurich.