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Surf's up, and it's free

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Beachgoers and surf enthusiasts from around the world came together in Ocean Beach Friday.

They're celebrating the Surfrider Foundation's 10th annual International Surfing Day. Friday's event featured free surfing lessons.

First you have to learn board form. A few more practice runs, and I think we are ready to hit the waves.

"This is my first time. I've gone boogie boarding though," 13-year-old Alexander Bobenik said.

A small group of us are getting schooled for free on how to ride the waves with Pacific Surf, part of the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to celebrate the 10th annual International Surfing Day.

"We are getting them into surfing, which is the perfect time to be ambassadors and stewards for our beaches as well," Haley Haggerstone of the Surfrider Foundation said.

In 2005, the Surfrider Foundation formed, spreading its environmental message along San Diego County's 70 miles of coastline. Volunteers have helped removed 70 tons of trash from beaches across the world.

"Our mission is protecting ocean waves and beaches," Haggerstone said.

I paddled out for the first time, and my instructor Eric prepares me for the gnarliness I'm about to experience. I may not have good form, but I want to try it get again.

"When people are learning they get 'surfer stoke,' and that is the perfect time to teach them to be good stewards and to help keep it clean," Haggerstone said.

Getting people involved from the ocean to the beaches is what Surfrider Foundation is all about.

Some of the footage used in this video report was shot using a GoPro camera.

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