global-wave-conference-2020-stoke-certified-incorporating-local-culture

global-wave-conference-2020-stoke-certified-incorporating-local-culture

A key part of the conference experience was being immersed in surfing and ocean conservation culture in an authentic and respectful way. First and foremost, the GWC honored the original inhabitants of the land during the “Welcome to Country” opening ceremony which was led by Jon Fomosa from Fingal acknowledging the Juraki People and Joal of the Slaab Family of the Bundjalung people. Event organizer, Andrew McKinnon, gave a presentation on the rich history of surfing on the Gold Coast and its impact on the local geography, environment, and community. The GWC held a paddle out to close out the event with a ceremony that is deeply entrenched in surfing’s heritage.