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Did you know San Francisco hosted the greenest surf contest ever, and possibly the greenest athletic event in the world? You may know that Kelly Slater won his 11th World Title (twice), but this is the story behind the story.

Do you know what it takes to create an athletic event which diverts 90% of waste away from the landfill? While waste diversion is just a piece of the puzzle (see the full breakdown @ Sustainable Surf: Final Report), it required constant supervision and effort to reach the goal of 90%.

Local non-profits Sustainable Surf, the SF chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Wastebusters, and the Ocean Beach community came together to create the greenest World Championship Tour contest ever. 

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Damian Hobgood, left, exits the water after a heat during the Rip Curl Pro Search while two adoring fans look on. The event at Ocean Beach saw one of the biggest scoring mistakes in professional sports history, as Kelly Slater was prematurely awarded his 11th ASP World Title, which he would go on to win days later. Jon Weiand/Ocean Beach Bulletin

Kelly Slater won his 11th ASP World Title, twice, last week. It was an honor to be there for both celebrations and definitely goes into my personal history books as one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The fact that it happened at Ocean Beach is some sort of a mini-miracle, and no doubt holds major significance in my mind.

This photo is from the second win on Sunday November 6th, which was not as wild as his first but still an exciting moment given that it his exit from the water was preceded by the most unbelievable barrel I have ever seen.

Jon Weiand/Ocean Beach Bulletin