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With the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, Save The Waves, Surfrider Foundation, and Surfers Against Sewage leading GWC, biodiversity conservation is a core ethos of the event. Conference participants were exposed to multiple sessions related to local and non-local protected areas and the flora and fauna found within them. A cocktail event at the first single use plastic free Surf Club in Australia had proceeds going to the ROLE Foundation which runs zero waste and ocean conservation education programs in Bali. On Thursday night’s finale, the auction fundraiser benefiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary featured raffle prizes from the STOKE Certified Matanivusi Surf Resort, Mediterranean Motel Crescent Heads, and 20 framed photos from iconic surfing photographers. The Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve earning legal protections and Noosa’s new designation as a World Surfing Reserve on the final day of the conference were monumental conservation achievements to celebrate the closing of the event.