Riding the eco wave

Leah Spence, Kate McDonald and Angela Spence stay cool.
Leah Spence, Kate McDonald and Angela Spence stay cool.

A WORLD record wave-riding attempt, a finless wooden surfboard challenge, skating exhibitions, music and a focus on recycling are all part of today's package at the Golden Days Festival at Coolum.

The Golden Days Surfrider Foundation Eco Challenge at Coolum's Tickle Park is a highlight of the three-day festival which began on Friday with a screening of the movie TransparentSea in support of the work of Surfers for Cetaceans.

Yesterday, the Golden Days Festival was staged at Coolum Peregian Sports Complex featuring Josh Pyke, Something for Kate, Blue King Brown, The Medics and Band of Frequencies.

Today's free festival day in the park is being hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast and is all about community.

Surfrider Foundation spokeswoman Sally Atkinson said the Guinness Book of Records attempt at the most surfers to ride a single wave would be held from 11.30am and would require at least 121 surfers to be successful.

A new mark was set a week ago at Anglesea Victoria by the Go Ride A Wave surf school which was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

"We just want to get as many people into the water as possible," Ms Atkinson said.

Eco day will focus on recycling with the aim to ensure 90% of material used during the event is recycled.

J.J. Richards, its education division Envirocom and Sunshine Coast Council have partnered with the Surfrider Foundation and the festival to help reach that target.

Organic waste will be managed by Worms Down Under with an organic mechanised composting system.

Topics:  coolum, golden days festival, world record attempt



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