World Champ Joins Forces With Pirates At Quicksilver Pro
by Deborah Basset, Surfer Magazine.
THIS year’s Australian Quiksilver Pro witnessed a remarkable moment in surfing history when nine-time ASP champion Kelly Slater joined lifelong eco-crusader, Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to announce the recent launch of a Quiksilver Australia/Sea Shepherd partnership.
The endorsement by Slater of the often controversial activist group is a symbol of solidarity that sends a clear message to the global community that pro-surfers are becoming serious about taking direct action to protect the very arena in which they work and play
The eradication of pirate whaling, poaching, shark finning, unlawful habitat destruction, and violations of established laws in the world’s oceans all fall under the Sea Shepherd’s rigorous mandate. The oceans are in grave danger and time has never been more critical for surfers to join forces with pioneers Kelly Slater and Quicksilver in supporting Captain Paul Watson and The Sea Shepherd’s efforts to protect the homeland.
Local surfing film legend Dick Hoole commented, “Through the path of surfing, our generation has become more aware that the marine environment is something that we need to protect. Here in Australia, we went from killing whales to saving whales. After all, surfing teaches respect for nature.”
“It doesn’t take a lot of people to make a change, but one intelligent person can make a difference,” added Hoole. “Kelly Slater’s thinking shows that not only is he a great surfer and athlete, but his consciousness is way ahead of people his age.”