Jul 26, 2019

Sustainability at the Vans US Open of Surfing

As part of a multi-year effort, the 2019 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will divert waste from the landfill, utilize renewable energy to power the contest and webcast, support local community groups and charities, encourage alternative transportation, and offset the carbon emissions of the event.

These actions protect the environment in Huntington Beach and support the local community and economy. They also reduce direct threats to the sport of surfing itself, by minimizing the event’s contribution to marine plastic pollution, sea level rise, and ocean acidification.

Over the years, the Vans US Open has made significant progress towards reducing the environmental footprint of the event and supporting the community, we intend to improve on this year’s performance from the lessons learned in past years.


On August 8th, the Vans US Open of Surfing, Vans Surf Team and the Surfrider Foundation invite you to join us on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier for a day of picking up trash and positive vibes, with the goal of leaving the sand better than we found it. 

WSL Pure

World Surf League is deeply committed to ocean health and wants to inspire everyone to join the pledge to stop trashing waves. WSL is backing up this pledge with some major new initiatives centered around reducing our carbon footprint, refusing single-serve plastics, and leaving every coastline better than we found it.

To join World Surf League in making incredible waves of impact, we’re asking everyone to make their own commitment and pledge to #STOPTRASHINGWAVES. You can stop trashing waves in so many ways. Here’s a few suggestions for your visit to the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach:

  •  If you’re local or staying close by, ride a bike, skate, walk or take public transit to the beach
  •  If you’re visiting from out of town, carpool with friends & family
  •  Bring your Hydro Flask with you (there will be refillable water stations)
  •  If you see trash on the beach, pick it up and dispose of it responsibly (recycle recyclable items)

No action is too small. If we all make a pledge to do something small every day, we can make big waves to protect our ocean and planet.


Stop Trashing Waves
Huntington Beach
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