I have yet to learn to surf — and am slightly ashamed that my sister, who lives in Missouri, has actually learned to surf before me. I comfort myself with the knowledge that I still get to enjoy the beach far more often than she does (though I suspect this is why I never actually make time to learn to surf) and that Southern California has much better International Surfing Day events!

The annual event, which celebrates surfing and raises awareness about ocean-related environment issues, happens worldwide on June 20. And this time, about 150 events ranging from beach cleanups to surf clinics are happening at beaches around the world. A half dozen or so of those events are in Southern California. How many are in Missouri? That would be zero!

Check International Surfing Day's event page to find a beach party near you. From an otter rock and roll surf contest for kids in Oregon to a surf art fundraiser in Washington, D.C., there are a whole variety of events happening — many with prizes, giveaways and fun socializing.

Can't find a festivity near you? Celebrate by taking advantage of the blue-green nonprofit Surfrider Foundation's special membership deal. Donate $25, and you'll get an International Surfing Day T-shirt, a bar of all natural surf wax, and a one-year subscription to SURFING Magazine.

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