Skeeta..... a super passionate ocean explorer, waterman, One Ocean Advanced Waterman Course Finisher and all round legend! Spend a bit of time with Skeeta and you are soon infected by his passion for the great ocean adventure!
Skeeta has been ripping waves since a micro grommet and the ambitious Victorian waterman continues to blow minds with his solid surfing style...
Through Skeetas adventures chasing huge waves around the world comes a solid respect for the environment, a deep seeded righteousness that keeps Skeeta being an amazing example of how surfers should treat this amazing environment in which we spend so much of our time....
Skeeta wrote this epic article after a recent overseas adventure...
Picking Up Our Game...
Our oceans and beaches don't ask much from us, but we accept a lot from them. As surfers we enjoy the sun, the sand, the waves, and we all have incredible memories of times spent on the coast. Perhaps we take all this for granted? However, now more than ever, our natural playground is screaming out for help.
How many times have you sat down and actually said 'thank you' to our big blue oceans or white sandy beaches for the enjoyment and fulfillment they provide us with?
Australians are proud beach goers, but as populations rapidly increase and threaten to dismantle our pristine beaches, it seems that our manners and respect have let slip - who is offering thanks anymore?
Recently, after a storm and the subsequent flooding of local rivers, a world class international beachbreak was left resembling that of a rubbish tip; plastic Coke bottles, chip packets and styrene cups had all been washed onto the white sand beach. The next morning, as many people were enjoying the perfect surf, it seemed attitudes towards pollution and rubbish management had been well overlooked.
Australians, Americans, Europeans and Brazilians, all fortunate enough to have the financial backing and freedom of surf travel, were sampling some of Mother Nature's finest assets, perfect head-high barrels in beautiful warm water. After a blissful morning of sun and crystal clear cylinders, the vibe was electric, however the beach was covered in extruded plastic toxins.
Surfers of all nationalities were staring at their feet as they kicked and rubbed salt into Mother Nature's veins. Not one person had picked up a single piece of rubbish in a morning that would have seen a few hundred beach goers walk past hundreds of metres of littered beach!
I asked myself the question: "Is it now not cool to walk down the beach after a surf with a empty plastic bag and fill it?"
So, after enjoying the morning session, I left with a sick feeling in my stomach, only to return with four garbage bags ready to say thank you and make amends to this beautiful beach. Within fifteen minutes, and with the help of a friend, we had overfilled our bags and restored 400 metres of beach back to its pristine glory.
Walking back up the beach loaded with rubbish I had these thoughts that we, as surfers and proud beach goers, need to change our attitudes and raise awareness and do with the rubbish what we are all thinking deep down. That is, BIN IT!
The great thing about cleaning up beaches is there are no critics, there are no doubters and no negative feedback that can arise from filling up a bag full of rubbish and dumping it in its correct place. Grab a friend, grab a bag, go for a walk, and say 'thank you' for the privileged lifestyle that we surfers all live.
Our oceans and beaches are not to dissimilar from our cars, houses, and partners too, they all need a little servicing from time to time. If spending fifteen minutes is all it takes to keep our watery playground serviced, then lets all jump onboard, and watch how the ocean shines on you the next time you enjoy her beauty!
"Yesterday, after another big rain, the beach was loaded with rubbish again. Myself and two Aussies started with three garbage bags and after almost two hours we had over twenty people lending a hand. We cleaned over a kilometre of beach and filled fifteen garbage bags full for the lifesavers to take away. It's gathering momentum!"
Peter "Skeeta" Derham
Spending some time with Skeeta back in Victoria we soon discovered that this littering attitude is still alive in our backyard! While checking the surf, Skeeta, Caiden (another local ripper) and myself came across 3 garbage bags full of rubbish dumped in the dunes... this we quickly picked up a put into the back of the utes! We said to each other, "how could you do this to such a beautiful place?"
So lets work together and keep our environment pristine!! It’s the least we can do...