A beautiful beach that combines glass waves with a gentle offshore breeze is the dream of most surfers.
But in reality, even if you have that dream teeth In reality, it is probably contaminated with plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts, old shoes, etc.
Dirty beaches aren’t new and, thankfully, they’re usually not enough to ruin a good day, but what can we do to curb this tragedy?
Surfer Anna Gudauskas and surf photographer Sarah Lee are on a mission to tackle this issue this summer in partnership with Kona Brewing Company.
Called the “Catch a Clean Wave” tour, they have launched an eight-stop tour down the east coast that will stop at Juno Beach next week. At each stop, the pair surfs with the locals, drinks a glass or two of beer, and picks up trash from the beach.
Beyond raising awareness talks and social media campaigns, Gudauskas and Lee roll up their sleeves, pick up trash, and get things done.
This campaign is in its second year and will have its first tour down the west coast from Washington State to Southern California in 2021.
During the tour, their team picked up about £ 250 of trash.
Gudauskas and Lee said they were contacted by Kona Brewing Co. about their ideas, provided details and took action.
Eight stops on the east coast include York, Maine. Boston, Massachusetts; Rockaway, NY; Asbury Park, NJ; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Tybee Island, Georgia; Juno Beach and Cocoa Beach.
During most stops, they went surfing with locals in the morning and then said they were busy working with Kona Brewing representatives to organize the cleanup for the day.
Kona Brewing makes bags and gloves available to all participants.
During the first stop in Maine on June 6, Gudauskas said he surfed a fun wave at two spots, but the water was a bit chilly at 52 degrees.
Next week we’ll be down the beach and stop at Juno Beach on Wednesday.
At Juno, beach cleanup begins at 4 pm, followed by a drink, a drink and a good time at The Thirsty Turtle.
For more information on the campaign, please visit https://konabrewingco.com/. Check out the cleanup to register for the Juno Beach event.
Eddie Ritz is a journalist at The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can contact him at [email protected] Help us support our journalism. Subscribe today.