6 petitions

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Petition to Cuban Athletics Federation, Cuban Olympic Committee, National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation in Cuba

Legitimize Surfing in Cuba

Today, surfing is not a legal sport in Cuba. A group of dedicated athletes on the island has dreamt of changing this for their entire lives. With sweeping political changes on the island, and the introduction of surfing to the 2020 Olympics, these surfers hope their chance to prove surfing is a true sport has arrived.  This petition is the first step towards their dream of surfing without restriction, both at home and on the world stage    BACKSTORY:  In Cuba, unless activities are explicitly stated as legal, they fall under an enforceable category of “not legal”. Ever since it originated on the island, surfing has lived inside that zone of illegality. For the past several years, a case to legitimize the sport has been building under the leadership of Yaya Gurrero, who is known on the island for spreading the sport to empower women on the island. The group aims to demonstrate that not only is surfing respected worldwide, but there is a rich history of the sport in their own country, and there is cultural and economic value in being granted permission to pursue the sport freely.   GOAL: Many people in Cuba don’t know what surfing is, and many more don’t believe there are even waves in the country to support it. The main battle for the Cuban's is against this lack of knowledge - to prove to the people and the government that surfing is a viable sport. This petition's purpose is to showcase solidarity within the sporting community, and arm the surfers with undeniable proof of the global support for their mission.  As a legitimate sport on the island, Cubans will be able to compete internationally, import surf supplies and most importantly form an official organization capable of advocating for the needs of surfers and ocean health around the island.   MORE INFORMATION AND THE COMPLETE STORY: Online, this campaign is being organized by Makewild, a group of filmmakers from Maine who befriended many of the Cuban surfers when US/Cuban relations began to open. Over the course of 2 years a film and friendship grew and as friends, Yaya and her group have asked for global support in the endeavor. This petition became the first stage. Outside support of this petition doesn’t guarantee the acceptance of the sport in Cuba, but hopes to provide momentum and scale for a presentation that could shape surfing's future for generations to come. > For press inquiries (or any inquiries) please e-mail:  > Visit to learn about the film. > Visit Instagram to further assist and follow this project. Join the growing crowd of supporters: sign the petition and share it with all the surfers and athletes in your life. Use #surflibre so we can track the campaign's spread. Thanks!

3,229 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to JONATHAN OLDHAM: Mayor

Surfing Outside the Flags in Harvey Cedars

[If you live or vacation in Harvey Cedars please indicate that in the notes section.] We request that Harvey Cedars remove the restriction and allow surfing outside of the designated swimming areas during guarded hours.  We acknowledge that surfers would be surfing at their own risk. At this point, every mayor in every municipality on Long Beach Island besides Harvey Cedars has listened to the advice of their senior lifeguard and decided that surfing outside the flags during guarded hours is perfectly fine. To arrive at this decision, they analyzed 10 years of data and facts from Ship Bottom and other areas regarding ocean safety and liability issues and found that it simply has had no ill effects.  I think we can all agree that if surfing outside the flags had any negative impact on these municipalities that the mayors would have had to ban it -- and they haven't. We are asking Mayor Oldham to please speak with his LBI counterparts regarding this issue so he can inform the Harvey Cedars surfing community as to any issues he uncovers that would preclude him from removing this restriction in Harvey Cedars.  We need to look to neighboring municipalities because that is where the data resides. Harvey Cedars has little or no empirical data on this. While our guards are probably the best on the island, they don't have extensive first hand experience guarding beaches with outside the flag surfers.  According to Thomas Smith, the senior lifeguard lieutenant in Ship Bottom, "We allow surfing outside the swimming areas on our beaches and have done so for over 10 years with no problems". There can be no stronger argument.  The current unofficial rule in Harvey Cedars seems to be (although it's kind of secret and no one is sure of this) that when conditions are "good",  that the guards will let you surf. I have been surfing twice this week and was called out at 10:03 am while I was surfing what I call "good" waves.  And that was with no swimmers in the water or people on the beach. The definition of what is  "good" is one thing if you are a parent trying to teach your 10 year old how to surf versus if you are an advanced surfer. So I think most reasonable fact based people would conclude that a daily call on what is "good"  has not worked and can't possibly work. The end result is no one surfs during guarded hours even on an average rideable day because they are tired of being rejected on a regular basis (speaking from personal experience). Positive safety aspects include relieving the crowded and therefore unsafe conditions at Hudson, Harvey Cedars' only surfing beach. In addition, it is well-documented that surfers frequently assist in water rescues in hazardous conditions. Surfing is a healthy, multi-generational family activity and it is practiced on an increasing basis yearly. This is a great way to maximize the public's use of the beach and surf zone and acknowledge over a century of wave-riding tradition on the NJ coast. Surf City surfers started a similar petition in June of this year and it very quickly had over 1,000 signatures. It was delivered to Mayor Hodgson and Surf City approved surfing outside the flags in time for the summer 2017 season.

Mike Kramer
2,999 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism

Save Our Surf Spot

Save Our Surf Spot of over 30 years at South Beach, Hunting Island  SC Parks Recreation and Tourism To All Concerned: On behalf of all Hunting Island surfers, we want to thank you for your efforts in keeping the park in pristine condition and making it a destination that is safe for all to enjoy. Hunting Island, as you know, is a very special place to our community, to tourism, and as a habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. So thank you for your stewardship of this national treasure. We were recently made aware that parts of the beach is closed to surfing while lifeguards were on duty 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Summer. One of those areas, referred to as South Beach, is where 95% of the surfers go to catch waves, as it provides the best break with minimal obstructions. Some surfers have been surfing there for over 30 years.  Obviously, our small community of surfers is more than disappointed about this decision. This letter is written in hopes that you will reconsider. We recognize your right to make limit activities in specified zone under the authority given to you through SC Title 51. We also want to point out, that an area we were instructed to surf at instead, has many tree stumps and even a submerged concrete structure. All of which is very dangerous to surf over and could cause severe injury.  We also know that your intention is to keep Hunting Island as safe as possible for as many visitors as possible, and we realize that there is some potential for injury when surfers and swimmers occupy the same area, though none of us can think of a time where a swimmer was struck by a board at Hunting Island. On the other hand, many of us have been a part of rescues in which a swimmer was saved from drowning, or pulled away from a very dangerous situation.  Many lives have been saved by surfers, because 1)Most are good swimmers, 2)They are close to potential drowning victims, 3)They have floatation devises at the ready, 4)And most know how to identify a rip current & other potential threats. On the other hand, there has never been a documented severe injury, let alone, death due to a board strike at Hunting Island. Therefore, it is our contention that the waters are not much more dangerous with surfers, and possibly safer with us in it, than banned from it.   It's not uncommon that with almost any swell that rolls in waves for our beach, stories circulate within our surf community of swimmers in danger, where someone needed help and a fellow surfer provided that help. In Australia, it is documented that for the past 100 years surfers have saved 615,000 lives. Use your google, look up stories of surfers saving swimmers. Here is a link on the subject you may also view: As a compromise, other cities near and far to us, have resolved to allow both surfers and swimmers to enjoy the same beach by implementing a "leash law".  This would mean that the surfers can surf where they'd like, as long as the surfboard is tethered to the their body via a leash.  We ask to have just as much freedom as a swimmer to enjoy our surf spot of over 30 years.  Please don't take our spot away from us.   Thank you for taking the time to listen. We appreciate your consideration, and look forward to hearing from you soon. *Surfer pictured is Glenn Godley, photo taken by Everett Gauthier Sincerely,

Surfers of Hunting Island
811 supporters