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Keep Uluwatu clean – Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu

Australian pro surfer helps keep Uluwatu clean.

Just over a year ago I posted about Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu (ESRU), an organization that is dedicated to maintaining Bali’s iconic surf break and strives to keep Uluwatu clean and beautiful for surfers and other visitors alike.

In this still-underdeveloped location, it’s especially important to be careful and clean – and in order to do that a lot of work needs to be done. Uluwatu lacks the infrastructure to deal with waste and pollution problems that come with development and a growing number of visitors. So far ESRU has cleaned up trash from the ravine as well as instituted both a recycling program and rubbish collection system. They’re also currently working on creating an important liquid waste management system.

Fresh from a quality effort at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii, Australian pro surfer Owen Wright has donated one of his boards – a custom model which he rode during this year’s Fiji Pro – to be auctioned off in support of ESRU and their efforts to keep Uluwatu clean. The profits will be put towards the installation of the liquid waste management system.

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Want to help keep Uluwatu clean and get a rad board as part of the bargain?

Owen has been coming to Uluwatu since he was only 12 years old, always staying with the same family. It’s his favorite place on the island. According to Wright in this press release, Bali is synonymous with Uluwatu. It’s where he’s always gone and he considers it the best. But he is also concerned, like many surfers today, about the strains tourism are putting on one of the world’s top surf spots.

From an interview with Owen on the ESRU website:

Hey, the thing about every generation is they are just surfers – and we’re thinking about the waves and don’t always look at that [the environment]. I know it’s true for me at least. People are more concerned now than back in the day. Surfing was pretty small and it’s just blown up, that’s why you see so many warungs and buildings on this cliff.

Recent fundraising efforts for Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu include Rip Curl t-shirt sales ($5,465 US) and an auction of art and surf memorabilia ($12,000 US). Not bad!


Graham Land is a writer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, earning an MA in History from Malmö University in Sweden. Graham writes on a variety of topics including the environment, politics and history.
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