Over the last several years the surfing world has lost several prominent breaks, and is in danger of losing dozens more. In response, Vans, Surfing Magazine and Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to produce their new ‘Endangered Waves’ sandal.
Featuring images from four of the world’s most endangered waves – Ma’alaea in Hawaii, El Gongal in Spain, Bastion Point in Australia and Trestles in California – the sandal highlights the need to protect our world’s surfing resources.
“Right now a surf break is being lost or otherwise diminished somewhere on this planet,” says Surfrider Foundation CEO Jim Moriarty. “People need to understand that waves are finite resources. Once they are lost or damaged it is difficult, if not impossible, to restore them.”
Thanks to Vans, a portion of proceeds, totaling $10,000, from the sales of these sandals will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation to assist them in their efforts to protect and preserve oceans, waves and beaches across the globe.
“It’s hard to imagine anyone not being concerned with the perilous state of the world’s most powerful, yet precious resources … our waves,” said Vans Vice President of Marketing, Doug Palladini. “As surf industry leaders, Vans must actively protect these vital resources and we’re excited to present the Endangered Waves Santa Rosa sandal with Surfrider Foundation and Surfing.”