Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 July, 2014 - The 7th Big Bali Eco Weekend was recently held on the beaches of Legian and Uluwatu. Through a multitude of events, and in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Garuda, Quiksilver raised awareness for clean Bali beaches, protecting the environment and local turtles, along with promoting sustainable tourism.
The Bali Big Eco Weekend featured the 2nd Annual Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge. Thirty-two participants surfed against local Balinese pros and surfing legends from Quiksilver and Roxy, including Mark Richards, Matt Hoy, Jake Paterson, Craig Anderson, Sally Fitzgibbons, Kelia Moniz, Bruna Schmitz and Rosy Hodge.
The Uluwatu Challenge is designed in a six-person heat format, in which the surfers compete in two heats, gaining a total of the two highest scores from their four best waves. The winner of this year’s event with an overall highest score of a perfect 10 as well as a 9.5 was American Freddy Patacchia.
Through the fundraising of entry fees into the Uluwatu Challenge; Quiksilver, Coca-Cola and Garuda Indonesia are happy to hand over a donation of Rp50,000,000 to Project Clean Uluwatu (PCU), a local non government organization working towards keeping Uluwatu the pristine coastline it is in the face of continuing development on Bali's famed Bukit Peninsula.
"The much needed funds will go towards completing a waste water garden facility which further purifies waste water and sewerage after it has passed through the bio tanks. In addition to this, the funds will go towards building a public toilet facility at the east parking area at Ulu as well as helping PCU implement an environmental education program at the two SD schools in Uluwatu," explained Curtis Lowe the manager of PCU.