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Klow Meets António From Surfrider Foundation
Passionated by Surf, António Pedro de Sá Leal is now leading the Surfrider Foundation Lisboa. He recently published a book - Surfing - The Next Step - on the Surf lifestyle, explaining the ethical issues of our century toward this sport. As a life philosophy, he understood the humanity impact on our beloved planet and decided to be part of the change. He described himself as a life dreamer, we let you judge. Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit: www.surfrider.eu. António you’re in charge of SURFRIDER Foundation Lisboa, can you explain to us what is Surfrider and why is it so important for the surf industry to take care of the environment. You already published two books towards the surf lifestyle, in your point of view what are the main values of this sport and what philosophy you want to share with others? When I was 22 and finished the University with a degree in Philosophy, I realize that I would like to do something of my life that I really enjoyed. And that was surf and being in the Ocean, so I made my path trough surf and in the surf. Surfing is something that puts me in sync with the planet, with nature, and in the end with myself. More than a sport, for me Surfing is a lifestyle dedicated to love, exercise, meditation, sustainability, nature and the other. What are the main challenges you have decided to accept with Surfrider Foundation? Mainly when I was asked to be part of Surfrider Foundation I accepted the challenge to change the world and be part of a world movement that defends the planet and the Ocean. This meant that I had to be part of the solution every day, and influence others to change first their point of view, and after their behaviour. This is easy to be said than done, so it is a constant challenge to prove that the solution is in our hands, and not in other people/government/company hands. If each one of us understands the empowerment he or she has we can make this a better world and ultimately save ourselves. When did you realize our environmental issues and why did you decide to take actions? When you surf all year around and you face the Ocean pollution there is this urge to take a step. I started surfing when I was a teenager and since the beginning, I realize that need to take some action toward the environment. Years later my company organizes the main Surf events in Portugal and we decided that was the perfect stage to promote the defense of the ocean, so around 2005 we started to do a beach clean-up in every stop we did, and really start to raise awareness on the environment. You're also the founder of an organization that supports surf therapy, can you explain with our readers what is