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Feb. 8, 2012
Kyle Thiermann: Surfing for Change
When Kyle Thiermann surfs, people watch… and when he talks, people listen. As one of our youngest and newest additions to Team CLIF Bar, we are honored to support Kyle and his ongoing project Surfing for Change. Not only does Kyle love to get out and get after when the waves are firing, but he is also an inspiration to us all when it comes to Protecting the Places We Play.

Here at Clif Bar we like to measure success on a number of different levels, and Kyle’s way of being hits home at the heart of many of the values that keep us on the path to be our best selves, take action, and continue to get outside and do the things we love to do.

Check out the latest installment from Kyle’s collection of progressive environmental surf videos. Featuring interviews with renowned environmental leader Van Jones, 11-time Surfing World champion Kelly Slater, documentarian Foster Gamble and local surfing activists, the film calls attention to the inherent dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster — the largest nuclear failure since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.

“Surfing for Change: J Bay Nuclear Plant” is a new short film exploring the dangers of a planned nuclear power plant in the pristine shores of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. The film calls attention to the potential for environmental disaster if Eskom, South Africa’s national power company, locates the nuclear plant in the waters of one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world.

The “Surfing for Change” film series shows people who don’t consider themselves activists how they can take simple daily actions to strengthen their local communities and protect the environment. His film Claim Your Change detailed how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects worldwide. It inspired people to move hundreds of millions of dollars of lending power into local banks and credit unions. Since then, he has made movies ranging from the importance of shopping locally to following a plastic bag to Hawaii.

Kyle has surfed his way across Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the US. For more information visit
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B Cole
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