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Rip Curl Planet

The Rip Curl Planet was launched in 2008 in partnership with the WWF to increase Rip Curl's support of environmental projects. The main focus is the preservation preservation of surf spots, but we have also fund educational and eco-design projects. Rip Curl Planet has given over $US574,205 to environmental groups.

Rip Curl Planet give $US 121 000 to this project in New Caledonia, for the installation of eco-mooring anchors.
On this territory there are actually: 23 lodging establishments, 5 diving clubs, 11 companies that offer various water activities, 181 lagoon fisheries, 20 coastal fisheries, 7 maritime pearl oyster culture establishments as well as a high density of hammerhead sharks and manta rays, lemon shark and green turtle breeding grounds and the regular presence of ambassador dolphins or humpback whales. The development of intelligent interaction is therefore essential. Thanks to the Rip Curl Planet funds, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is going to implement a dynamic coordination with the representatives of all socio-professional categories, associations and the municipality, to collect opinions, establish maps of the space issues at stake, propose rules of management, etc.  
Campaigns following water quality in watersports zones along the basque coast between 2001 and 2005, and along the Mediterranean coast since 2007.
Rip Curl has contributed to the recruitment of an Education Manager responsible for the accessibility and quality of Mountain Riders events.
Campaign is to continue to develop the national campaign to protect surfing waves and beaches around the UK, that are under threat.

WWF, New Caledonia

$US121,000. This project will enable the installation of new eco-mooring anchors on sights with a very high surfing, underwater diving and boating heritage value

WWF, French Polynesia

$US 27,000. Sustainable management program for the Rangiroa lagoons  - the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is going to implement a dynamic coordination with the representatives of all socio-professional categories, associations and the municipality, to collect opinions, establish maps of the space issues at stake, propose rules of management, etc.

Surfrider Foundation Europe

$US54,000. Continuation of Surfrider’s water quality campaign in the Spanish Basque Country focus on the world class spot , Mundaka. To make up for far-from-stringent water quality watch requirements from the European Union, the Surfrider Foundation set up labs to conduct its own water sample analysis, all year long in recreational waters. More about this project.

Protect Our Winters, USA / Mountain Riders, France

$US27,000. POW and Mountain Riders are teaming up, and this grant has been to support working around eco-friendly events in the mountains and educational projects all year long.

Surf Against Sewage

$US 32,000. The aim of the Protect Our Waves of SAS – Sites of Special Surfing Interest - project is to continue to develop the national campaign to protect surfing waves and beaches around the UK.

Grants 2009

Surfrider Foundation Europe

$US43,000. Continuation of Surfrider’s water quality campaign in the Spanish Basque Country. To make up for far-from-stringent water quality watch requirements from the European Union, the Surfrider Foundation set up labs to conduct its own water sample analysis, all year long in recreational waters. More about this project.

Mountain Riders, France

$US12,000. Mountain Riders are the leading mountain environmental group, based in France. Working with mountain resorts, the ski and snowboard industry, mountain events and backed by dozens of highly motivated volunteers, they promote sustainability in the mountains.

Protect Our Winters, USA / Mountain Riders, France

$US12,000. Protect Our Winters (POW) is the environmental initiative by freeride living legend Jeremy Jones to tackle climate change. POW and Mountain Riders have started teaming up, and this grant has been to support working around eco-friendly events in the mountains.

WWF, Polynesia

$US18,000. WWF strives to establish Marine Protected Areas, in particular in regions of rich biodiversity such as Polynesia. This is a long-term program as Marine Protected Areas require all stakeholders to agree and commit to sustainable management.

WWF, Thailand

$US24,000. Sustainable tourism practice in the coastal provinces of Krabi and Phang Nga in Thailand.

The C.O.D.E., France

$US2500. The C.O.D.E. is a free publication widely distributed in the South-West of France where hundreds of thousand people come enjoy the beaches every summer. It aims at informing and educating about this amazing environment.

Grants 2008

Reef Check Polynesia

$US36,000. Campaign against the invasion of spiny starfish devastating coral reefs in French Polynesia. Reef Check has been protecting designated areas by killing the starfish with a specific biodegradable lethal product.

Clean Shaper, France

$US31,000. Clean Shaper is a group a French shapers working at improving work conditions and techniques used to make surfboards. This specific project was around the development of eco-friendly resins.

Surfers Against Sewage, UK

$US18,000. SAS, the leading environmental group based in South-West England, hired 17 reps in 2009 who take SAS campaigns to every corner of the UK.

Surfrider Foundation Europe

$US48,000. Water quality campaign in the Spanish Basque Country. To make up for far-from-stringent water quality watch requirements from the European Union, the Surfrider Foundation sets up labs to conduct its own water sample analysis, all year long in recreational waters.

Mountain Riders, France

$US24,000. Mountain Riders are the leading mountain environmental group, based in France. Working with mountain resorts, the ski and snowboard industry, mountain events and backed by dozens of highly motivated volunteers, they promote sustainability in the mountains.

WWF New Caledonia

$US36,000. (2 year project). WWF strives to establish Marine Protected Areas, in particular in regions of rich biodiversity such as New Caledonia. These efforts were rewarded in 2008 when Unesco listed two-thirds of the New-Caledonian lagoon as a World Heritage area.

Renault, Our Main Partner

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Huge thanks to Renault, who’s been supporting the Rip Curl Planet Foundation since day one. Renault has also been offering Clio and Twingo “by Rip Curl”, all coming with the ECO2 environmental standard.