One of the Gold Coast’s most exciting junior surfers, Pacha Light, has accepted an offer to become Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed branch’s surfing ambassador.
The honorary role recognises Pacha’s love of the Gold Coast surfing and coastal environment, and her ‘have-a-go’ attitude. This passion was highlighted by Pacha’s idea to promote the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve campaign, an issue Surfrider Foundation has also be committed to. Last year Pacha and some friends paddled from Snapper Rocks to Currumbin Alley to promote the concept of a World Surfing Reserve for the Gold Coast, which was later approved by council.
Being a Surfrider Foundation ambassador will provide Pacha with the opportunity to represent one of the world’s highest profile and most respected environmental surfing organisations.
President Greg Howell said Surfrider GCT was proud to have an association with a quality young person like Pacha, who was an excellent fit with Surfrider’s ethos and activities.
“We feel Pacha embodies much of the spirit and purpose of what Surfrider is about, as well as being a very talented young surfer”, Greg said.
Greg said although Surfrider Foundation appealed to people of all ages and backgrounds, it was especially important for other young people to follow Pacha’s example and get involved in environmental issues and activities. “Ultimately they will ‘inherit’ their local beaches and coastline, so it makes sense to start taking on responsibility for protecting them as soon as possible”.
“While the Gold Coast beaches may look clean and healthy on the surface, there is still a lot to be done in terms of reducing and cleaning up plastic and other pollution, maintaining dune health, protecting the coast from inappropriate development, and a number of other issues”, Greg said.
As a relatively late starter to the sport, Pacha’s surfing has shown rapid development to the point where she placed second in the U/16 girls final at the national Australian junior surfing titles held in December last year. This means Pacha qualified for the world junior titles to be held in Portugal later this year.
More recently Pacha was runner up in the national Rip Curl Gromsearch 14 years and under final, and scored a wild card entry into the Australian Open of Surfing under 16 girls division to be held in Manly from on 27 February.
Pacha said “I am so happy to be a part of the Surfrider Foundation! Now I can talk about our future world and what we can do to protect it for my generation and generations to come! I love the work Surfrider do and what they believe in”.