Stab Magazine | $1.5 Million, the WSL and a New Program to Save our Oceans

$1.5 Million, the WSL and a New Program to Save our Oceans

Columbia University x World Surf League = hand claps and back pats.

news // Apr 7, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Don’t environmentally friendly, sustainability, philanthropy and 1.5 million dollars have a sweet ring to it? The WSL has just unveiled their newest endeavor, the launch of WSL PURE, a program so bold it requires cap locks. The goal: giving back to surfing’s most important vessel; that dirty old ocean.

“All of us at the World Surf League want to give back to the oceans, and it’s time to get serious,” said WSL CEO, Mr Paul Speaker. “The launch of WSL PURE and our very special partnership with Columbia University are the first steps in what we hope will become a global movement among our community and beyond, to protect the waters that are both our home and our playing field. By creating a generation of “surfer scientists,” we aspire to create a voice for the oceans and to inspire and empower our global fan base and partners to become better informed about the issues plaguing the oceans, while providing educational opportunities so that we can become an important part of real-world solutions.”

They’ve contributed a cushy 1.5 million dollars in funding to support Lamont-Doherty scientist’s research including but not limited to; ocean health and ecosystems, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and the role ocean’s play in climate change.

Striving to keep this crystal blue intimidation, crystal blue.

The scientists and Columbia University’s professors and students alike are stoked on the program and additional funding. “The funding provided by WSL PURE provides unique flexibility and freedom,” Sonya Dyhrman told the WSL. “This will allow me to push my work into new directions and pursue the most pressing research in a bold and innovative way.”

“We are proud to be the launch partner of WSL PURE,” Jason Wingard, dean of the School of Professional Studies told the WSL. “Investing in programming in the field of ocean science will prepare future generations of scientists, citisens and expert practitioners who will have a broad and positive impact on our environment’s future.”

Concerns about the state of our oceans have been increasing over the years, damage has been done and this program aims to combat the ongoing problems at sea. “Just last week, Australian scientists reported that 95 percent of the northern half of the Great Barrier Reef was bleached by warming waters,” Peter de Menocal, oceanographer, professor and director of the Columbia Center for Climate and Life at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory told the WSL. “We’re basically playing catch up to understand what the changes mean for us and the planet.”

Will this save the world? Probs not, but it’s a step in the right direction to solve the issues our wasteful species has bred. 






Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?

The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.

Dec 1, 2022


Can A South African Cavern Queen With No Pipeline Experience Do Well At The Vans Pipe Masters?

Sophie Bell will have a steep learning curve in Hawaii.

Nov 30, 2022

After Years Of Tragic Shark Attacks, Surf Competition Returns To Reunion Island — And A CT Event Could Follow

"We compete at J-Bay and Margarets where there's the same problem." -Johanne Defay

Nov 30, 2022


Sharing Tubes And Hummus In The Middle East’s Surfing Jewel: Israel

No Contest does Tel Aviv!

Nov 29, 2022


Joao Chianca Wants A Pipeline Rematch With JJF

And ain't afraid to ride more foam to do it in the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 29, 2022

An Unorthodox Marriage Of Science And Surf

Cliff Kapono and The Mega Lab are changing stereotypes on all fronts.

Nov 28, 2022


Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg

“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."

Nov 27, 2022

What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?

Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.

Nov 27, 2022

Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME 

'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'

Nov 27, 2022


“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”

Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.

Nov 26, 2022

Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?

The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.

Nov 25, 2022


Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough

Could'a fooled us.

Nov 25, 2022

Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Nov 24, 2022


How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World

Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.

Nov 23, 2022

The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare

"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble

Nov 23, 2022


‘I Thought He Was Gonna Grab A Machete… Then He Picked Up A Rock’

2x SSOTY Jai Glindeman’s drama (& left-tube) filled Sumbawa trip.

Nov 23, 2022


“The Inside Of Pipeline Sounds Like The Center Of The Universe”

Tosh Tudor seeks solitude at the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 22, 2022

Is Rasta Rob Really Going To Ride His Beloved Stock Dims Rad Ripper At The Vans Pipe Masters?

An interview with the most rapidly ascended surfer in recent memory.

Nov 22, 2022