Professional surfer Owen Wright has joined forces with his Major sponsor Rip Curl in an effort to help clean-up Bali’s iconic surf spot, Uluwatu, by donating a surf board to be auctioned off to raise funds for the ECO SURF RESCUE ULUWATU Community project at his long-time favourite Indonesian destination.
Owen has been a regular visitor to Uluwatu for almost 10 years and has close ties with the local community. Owen and his father have been staying with the same family every year since he was 12 years old. For Owen, Uluwatu is synonymous with Bali: “When I say Bali, I mean Ulu’s, because that’s where I’ve always gone and it’s the best.” says Owen.
Seeing first hand the changes to the area, where dramatic increases in tourism and population have over run the small scale infrastructure, Owen has decided to contribute to the community effort to keep the local surf break and historic cave of Uluwatu clean and safe for surfers and visitors. All proceeds from the auction of his board will go to the group Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu’s plans for a new waste processing system for the beach and cliff side area.
The board, a custom made 6’4" by Parish Byrne, is one of the tall goofy footers favorites and was ridden by Owen during the Fiji Pro this year. Owen had this to say about the board: “It has the thumb-tail that I like on all my boards, only it’s pulled in a little more to hold in the bigger waves. I feel like this one worked really well in solid surf, but Parish (Byrne) and I are willing to donate it for Uluwatu, it’s a great cause and it’s where we surf in Bali"
About Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu:
Started by a group of expat surfers in Uluwatu, ESRU was formed when Bali based NGOs teamed up with the surf industry, local businesses and residents to address the pollution problems at Uluwatu. The ESRU mission is to work with locals to provide solid and liquid waste infrastructure that keeps Uluwatu clean and beautiful. We hope the world-famous surf break will one day become a pristine and healthy World Surf Heritage Area for the benefit of the Uluwatu community and future generations. Right now ESRU is working to keep the newly installed solid waste and recycling system running. Next, ESRU will install a professionally designed and environmentally friendly liquid waste system to finally solve the problem of leaking sewage and kitchen waste water. To learn more about ESRU or to make a donation, check out: www.ecosurfrescue.moonfruit.com.