WARMING TEMPERATURES THREATEN SURF BREAKSAs water warms, water molecules expand. This inevitably causes sea levels to rise, which in turn affect the tides, meaning that with warming ocean temperatures, some of our favorite local surf breaks could disappear. Learn more about Sea Level Rise.
Warmer oceans are also bad news for coral reef breaks, which create some of the best surf breaks in the world. At warmer temperatures, corals expel the algae that live in their tissues, which causes them to lose their color or bleach. But algae also provide much of the coral’s nutrients, so when corals bleach they are vulnerable to disease or death. Over time, dead coral reefs erode, taking with them the massive surf breaks we love, like Cloud Break and Pipeline. Learn more about coral bleaching.
CHANGING OCEAN CHEMISTRY
Our ocean absorbs over one-quarter of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and as a result, ocean chemistry is changing. Smartfin engineers are developing additional sensors to record salinity and pH. With these measurements, we can better understand the ways in which climate change is impacting our oceans. Learn more about ocean acidification.Join the SmartFin Team
HOW TO PARTICIPATEIf you’d like to participate in the Smartfin program, please sign up for the Smartfin committee by clicking the ‘Join the Team’ link below or visit our events calendar to find out when our next Smartfin committee meeting will be. We welcome surfers and non-surfers alike! Some of the things you could do as a Smartfin member are:
- Represent Surfrider’s Smartfin committee at community events, beach cleanups, or demo days
- Give presentations at local schools
- Surf a Smartfin at your favorite break
- Talk to your local elected representatives about ocean health issues
- Plan events or fundraisers to support the Smartfin project