Green Room Surf Alliance: philosophy, vision & more


The green room (also known as "tube" or "barrel"; referring to the room that forms "inside the wave" as it breaks very hollow) is without doubt the ultimate goal and favorite location of every surfer. Once inside, you wish to get back again and again and again, if you make it back out, you experience a flash of adrenaline, energy and joy that is not comparable to anything else, a true gift of nature. With the foundation of the Green Room Surf School Alliance, we wish to thank nature for providing us with all those great moments we experience.


The Green Room Surf Alliance emerges as an open network with the main purpose of attracting and promoting the principles and practices of sustainable development in surfing. The Green Room Surf School Alliance members will act as local driving forces, encouraging sustainable partnerships and ethical practices in their respective communities. At the same time, the Green Room Experience will make sustainability fun and long lasting.

Guiding principles

Sustainability is understood along the values of solidarity, human dignity, social justice, environmental sustainability, transparency and democratic participation. In order to achieve this, the Green Room Surf School Alliance focuses on e.g. green electricity, sustainable mobility, accommodation and food, waste management, coaching of staff and clients as well as sustainable surf equipment.

Common objectives

A “Sustainability Balance” based on the Ecological Footprint, the Life Cycle Analysis and the Common Good Balance is developed to integrate our core values into a measurable tool. The Green Room Surf Alliance aims to integrate the principles of the common good economy and to promote an eco-social market economy (green and inclusive markets).

The creation of the Green Room Surf Alliance is supported within a EU project.

Structure & Background

From a structural point of view, the Green Room Surf Alliance is a membership option of the Surf School Alliance. The "Green Room Surf” concept has been developed by Johnny Nesslinger in 2009 and later been used with his permission by Austrian Surfing and the Surf School Alliance.

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