kits beach celebration june 8 (large) Location:   Kitsilano Beach and Kitsilano Yacht Club (Vancouver, BC)

Did you know that plastic debris in our oceans kills 1 million sea creatures a year?

Be part of the solution on June 8th and join Surfrider Foundation and our partners for our World Oceans Day Celebration at Kits Beach! Help clean up one of our beautiful local beaches in celebration of this international event. Get ready for games, prizes, and art while making a difference in a fun and easy way. And there’s more -- keep the celebration going with our beach cleanup after-party at Kits Yacht Club. Grab a beer and barbecue while you listen to the cool sounds of local BC band Oceans & Lights.


Learn how you can reduce and reuse to help keep debris out of our oceans with activities and games from Surfrider and our partners, including SPEC, Whole Foods, and CPAWS-BC. Oh, and did we mention you could win cool prizes for testing your trash and ocean knowledge? We’ll be having a variety of activities including scavenger hunts and a stand-up paddle board race presented by Mountain Equipment Co-op open to everyone! Enjoy our beautiful oceans while you compete for great prizes from our sponsors.

Help us protect where you play by cleaning our beach along side talented local artists who will transform the trash collected into works of art. We find the craziest things each month at our beach cleanups -- find the most interesting item of the day and you’ll be awarded a prize from our friends at Sitka.


Don’t miss out on our beach cleanup after-party hosted at Kits Yacht Club. Surfrider Vancouver members and volunteers get in for free, and a limited number of non-member tickets are available for just $10!


Prizes for our beach cleanup competitions earlier in the day will be awarded while you enjoy live music by local BC band Oceans & Lights and a barbecue sponsored by Whole Foods Market and RBC.

Not only that, but our friends at Mountain Equipment Co-op will be letting you test out their standup paddle (SUP) boards to celebrate our beautiful oceans all day long.

Meet and greet with our partners and sponsors at our after-party including the shaper of the custom board you could win in our surfboard membership contest and learn how to get in on the action. All members of Surfrider Foundation (only $25 to join) are automatically entered to win a handcrafted custom surfboard courtesy of Switchblade Surfboards, with 100% of proceeds going to Surfrider Foundation.


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Starbucks, Marriott, Whole Foods Market and RBC Royal Bank.

Rise Above Plastic



















We all want to help protect our oceans, waves, and beaches, but sometimes knowing

where to start can feel a bit difficult. Large plastic bags, bottles, and debris on our

beaches and in our oceans is easy to see. Microplastics, however, pose a greater

challenge, as they are only visible under a microscope. Formed as a consequence of

the breakdown of larger plastic material, microplastics have become a paramount issue

for the marine environment. Resembling phytoplankton, and ingestible by marine life

from shellfish to whales, microplastics have contributed to deleterious effects close to

home. B.C. researches now consider resident killer whales in the Salish sea the most

polluted marine animals on earth.

According to Peter Ross, a former research scientist with the federal Institute of Ocean

Sciences, microplastics are recorded at a mean of 7,630 particles per cubic meter in

Queen Charlotte Sound. Species forming the base of the food web mistakenly ingest

microplastics which can lead to false satiation, causing organisms to starve.

Additionally, it is suggested that when fish and other aquatic species ingest

microplastics, transfer of toxins through the food chain can occur. While this may seem

daunting, many small actions can bring on a large change. Join us in helping to protect

where we play, and rise above plastics!

Rise above plastics mission:

To reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about

the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics

and the recycling of all plastics

What can you do?

Plastic shows up in all sorts of items from take out containers to personal care products.

Things we use daily like facial cleansers may contain plastic particles, and while they

help to exfoliate our skin, they are harmful to our oceans. Products are rinsed down

the drain and flushed into our oceans. With summer around the corner, here are few

easy things you can do to help reduce your plastic footprint and keep plastics out of our

marine environment.

1)Check product labels for ingredients. Plastics can appear as: Polyethylene /

Polythene (PE), polypropylene (PP) or Polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Download

the “beat the microbead” app, which allows you to scan the

barcode of products for plastic microbeads. Try alternatives such as crushed seeds from

apricots and cocoa beans.

2)Choose to reuse. Opt for cloth shopping bags over plastic, and glass or metal

reusable bottles for water.

3) We all like to get takeout from time to to time, but styrofoam has become a major

problem for our oceans. Fortunately, there are great solutions here in Vancouver. The

Tiffin project, for example, is a non profit on a mission to lessen yearly takeout waste.

Learn more about the Tiffin project here:

4)Bring your own to go mug the next time you get coffee, smoothie or to go beverage.

5)Pack your lunch or beach picnic in a reusable lunch bag or box, rather than plastic

sandwich bags.

6)Get involved. We would love to see you at a beach clean up! Check out or eventbrite

and Facebook and register for one of our upcoming monthly beach cleanups.

7)Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.

8)Word of mouth. Spread the word to friends and family about why it is important to

Rise Above Plastics!


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Clean up Wreck Beach with Surfrider Vancouver

wreck beach cleanup We find the craziest things year after year at one of Vancouver's coolest beaches - Wreck Beach.

Join us to keep it clean and keep trash out of the ocean. We'll have cleanup materials, but bring a set of work gloves if you have them to minimize waste from our activities.

We'll be doing a beach transect to catalogue the data. If you are interested in participating (training provided), email us at, or just register and join us on March 22nd.

March 22, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm Wreck Beach, NW Marine Dr, Vancouver.

Eventbrite - Wreck Beach March Beach Cleanup

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us clean Habitat Island!