Friday Flick: Surfing Indonesia’s ‘Trash Tubes’

Bali is a little island with a big problem – it’s drowning in trash. In this short film, host and pro-surfer Kyle Thiermann shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Indonesia and what we can do to restore it to the pristine paradise it once was.



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Founder of Surfing for Change Kyle Thiermann is the son of activists who exposed him early to the value of civic engagement. As a surfer, he was in a social circle with lots of young people who were not engaged in social or environmental issues, nor inclined to watch long documentaries. He knew they were nonetheless caring people, and that if engaged effectively and given clear direction, they could be a tremendous force for change. Thus was born the notion of serving as a conduit using digestible documentaries to highlight specific issues and solutions.

Kyle graduated from Gaia University with a Bachelors of Science in Green Business with a focus in Media. As a professional speaker, he has helped spread the message of Surfing For Change to university students around the U.S. Kyleʼs journalistic and environmental work has earned him the Brower Youth Award, American Clean Skies Award, Blue Vision Youth Award, and Surfriderʼs Pro Surfer Environmental Achievement Award.