Environmental Efforts to Clean Up Bali: Owen Wright board up for auction to help Bali’s most iconic wave

December 10th, 2012 


Uluwatu, Bali –  Professional surfer Owen Wright has joined forces with his Major sponsor Rip Curl, in an effort to help clean-up Bali’s iconic surf spot, Uluwatu, by donating a surf board to be auctioned off to raise funds for the ECO SURF RESCUE ULUWATU Community project at his long time favourite 
Indonesian destination. 

Owen has been a regular visitor to Uluwatu for almost 10 years and has close ties with the local community. Owen and his father have been staying with the same family every year since he was 12 years old.  For Owen, Uluwatu is synonymous with Bali: “When I say Bali, I mean Ulus, because that’s where I’ve always gone and it’s the best.” says Owen. 

Seeing first hand the changes to the area, where dramatic increases in tourism and population have over run the small scale infrastructure, Owen has decided to contribute to the community effort to keep the local surf break and historic cave of Uluwatu clean and safe for surfers and visitors. All proceeds from the auction of his board will go to the group Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu’s plans for a new waste processing system for the beach 
and cliff side area. 


The board, a custom made 6’4" by Parish Byrne, is one of the tall goofy footers favorites and was ridden by Owen during the Fiji Pro this year. Owen had this to say about the board: “It has the thumb-tail that I like on all my boards, only it’s pulled in a little more to hold in the bigger waves. I feel like this one worked really well in solid surf, but Parish (Byrne) and I are willing to donate it for Uluwatu, it’s a great cause and it’s where we surf 
in Bali" 

Auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150960165232 

About Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu

Started by a group of expat surfers in Uluwatu, ESRU was formed when Bali based NGOs teamed up with the surf industry, local businesses and residents to address the pollution problems at Uluwatu. The ESRU mission is to work with locals to provide solid and liquid waste infrastructure that keeps Uluwatu clean and beautiful. We hope the world-famous surf break will one day become a pristine and healthy World Surf Heritage Area for 
the benefit of the Uluwatu community and future generations. Right now ESRU is working to keep the newly installed solid waste and recycling system running. Next, ESRU will install a professionally designed and environmentally friendly liquid waste system to finally solve the problem of leaking sewage and kitchen waste water. To learn more about ESRU or to make a donation, check out: www.ecosurfrescue.moonfruit.com. 

About Rip Curl: 

Rip Curl is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. It has been at the forefront of the surf and snow scenes since its creation in the late 1960s. 

Started by Brian Singer and Doug ‘Claw’ Warbrick in the coastal Australian town of Torquay in 1969, Rip Curl was initially a vehicle for the perfect lifestyle – a never-ending search by two mates for perfect waves, adventure and the fun that inevitably follows. 

Rip Curl remains a company built by surfers for surfers. Endeavoring to make the best products, run the best events, support the best athletes, deliver the best customer service, communicate the best brand message and socialize with the best crew of people helpsRip Curl hold a vision of being regarded as The Ultimate Surfing Company. 

With 2x ASP World Champion Mick Fanning and fellow team riders Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Taylor Knox, Gabriel Medina, Tom Curren, Tyler Wright and Alana Blanchard all surfing with Rip Curl and a global events platform including the historic Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Rip Curl Pro Portugal and the unique Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang, the brand is the leader in professional surfing. 

For more information on Rip Curl, please visit the official website (http://www.ripcurl.com), Facebook 
(http://www.facebook.com/ripcurl) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/ripcurl). 

Mirco Wagner

Rip Curl

Jl. Sunset Road no.69
Kuta, Bali, 80361

Phone: +62 361 754455
Fax: +62 361 751745


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