Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic to offset their carbon print
2007 Nelscott Reef Tow-in Classic
Presented by Liquid Militia
Nelscott Reef, Lincln City, Or.
1 Octoer - 31 December 2007
Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Goes Green (Environmentally)
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 October, 2007 : - -Lincoln City, Or – Behemoth, LLC announces that it has offset its carbon emissions for the Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic via the CarbonFree Surfing program, a partnership between Carbonfund.org, the country’s leading carbon solutions organization, and Greensurf.org, a leading advocate for sustainable surfing lifestyle choices.
The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic is the first surfing event of it’s kind, to use the CarbonFree Surfing program to cancel out its impact on the earth’s climate. Behemoth has offset all carbon emissions related to the contest including travel for all competitors to and from Lincoln City, OR, as well as Waverunner and other motorized vehicles used during the event.
This commitment places Behemoth, LLC as an environmental leader in the surfing community and demonstrates proactive steps being taken in the fight against global climate change.
Behemoth partners, John Forse, Adam Wagner, and Jim Kusz, are very concerned about global warming. Considering the implications of climate change, carbon offsets through Carbonfund.org are a natural extension of the concern for the natural resources Oregon has to offer.
The waves at Nelscott Reef can reach 50 feet high and are simply too big and travel too fast to paddle into. Competitors rely on personal water crafts (Waverunners) to be towed into these monster waves. Contest organizers have decided to take a proactive step to protect our environment and minimize the impact that their contest has.
“We are extremely sensitive to the environmental impacts PWC’s can have in the ocean,” said Adam Wagner. “We wanted to make a statement that we are committed to preserving our resources and minimizing any impact we have on the ocean and our environment.
In addition to other green actions we’ve taken including the use of less polluting watercraft using 4-stroke engines and a non-paper web based notification system for athletes, we felt it was a critical for an event of this magnitude to also offset all carbon emissions that couldn’t otherwise be avoided.”
Geared specifically for use by the surfing community, the newly launched program already counts 8 time world surf champ-Kelly Slater and Surfing Magazine as early supporters.
“The whole surfing community relies on the health of our oceans and stable climate patterns to produce great surfing conditions”, said Michael Stewart, Partnerships Manager at Carbonfund.org. “We are proud to be partnering with contest organizers Behemoth, to have The Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic be the first surfing contest to take action against climate change through our CarbonFree Surfing program”, said Stewart.
“As the only big wave, tow in surfing contest in North America, this event has such broad appeal and reach that it’s a great platform for Behemoth to showcase the surfing world’s commitment towards sustainability - out to a world audience.”
Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets from renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions.
For example, using the CarbonFree Surfing program, which also claims 8X world surf champ-Kelly Slater and Surfing Magazine as early supporters, the NelScott Reef Tow In Classic will be supporting a reforestation project in southern Nicaragua, developed by Carbonfund.org’s nonprofit partner Paso Pacifico , and located around the surfing hotspot of San Juan Del Sur.
In addition to absorbing enough CO2 to cancel out the contest related emissions, this native tree planting project benefits the local community and boosts wildlife biodiversity across the entire region. Find more details about this reforestation project and how to join the CarbonFree Surfing program by visiting Carbonfund’s partner, Greensurf.org .
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization. Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org works with 300 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Surfing Magazine, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, Volkswagen and Working Assets.
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