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2013 Billabong Pro


Environmental Outreach Summary 2009-2013
Billabong Pro –Teahupoo, Tahiti


Tahiti Surfing Contest – Environmental Activity Summary

Each year Chris Real from DPS Technical in conjunction with the event management staff performs an environmentally responsible activity during the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Billlabong Pro & Von Zipper Trials in Teahupoo, Tahiti. This helps the community and we enjoy being the “good guys”.

Community Action Overview

 In 2009 & 2010 we did a general area clean up and collected used oil / paint and recyclable materials at the various places to prevent hydrocarbon contamination of the lagoon. (Hydrocarbons are linked to cancer and sea life damage, additionally they are a fire safety concern.)

Tahiti_generator Tahiti_electronicsIn 2011 & 2012 with the help of Jimmy Mawrr and Paul Scott we completed redirecting and balancing the electrical power lines in the webcast and other buildings, thus minimizing fire risk and overall power consumption. (The attention to detail has prevented some power black outs and lowered the electrocution risk.)

In 2011 an extreme swell hit during the contest.

The “Code Red” conditions resulted in many of the waterfront areas being flooded.

We take pride in knowing that our proactive cleanup activities were directly responsible for minimizing pollution, as many of the environmentally hazardous materials had been removed.

In 2011 & 2012 the locals helped us do a lead battery cleanup.Tahiti_batteries1 Tahiti_batteries

We were able to take in excess of 2,000 pounds of lead and used batteries to the recycling point at the marina.

Our actions have kept a known toxin from contaminating the food chain. (Lead is linked to reproductive harm in humans and is damaging to the food chain.)

Tahiti_plastic Tahiti_recycleFor 2013 we placed aluminum and plastic “can crushers” and beverage container recycling points around Teahupoo.  The container crushers minimized the physical bulk of the beverage containers and also made it easier for recycling collection.  When the containers are crushed they take up less area in landfills and do not float, this is a benefit.

What is in the future?

Billabong_recycles1We are committed to being good citizens’ so stay tuned!


Chris Real, CLS
President, DPS Technical, Inc.


Technical Presentations

Portland, Oregon – March 2004

Chris Real presented an educational environmental topic to the nation’s land managers in Portland, Oregon.  The presentation addressed issues such as “Safe Chemical Disposal and the Off-Highway Environment”, “Race Day Chemical Disposal”, and “OHV Sound Measurement Equipment and Training”.  The ChemHelp / National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) workshop handout is available by contacting Chris Real at DPS, Inc – ChemHelp – www.ChemHelp.com or (909) 981-5228.  DPS, Inc. will be hosting a technical discussion sound training class and demonstration at the NOHVCC director’s meeting in Richfield, Utah 09/30/2004, the Richfield ATV Jamboree, and at the 2005 NOHVCC land manager’s conference (03/05) in Ontario, CA.

Dirt Rider – 24 Hour Shoot Out & Torture Test 2004


Industry Function


If you wanted to change your oil at the end of the ride, Chris Real was there from ChemHelp to assist in the process and dispose of correctly of the used oil. Dirt Rider wanted Real and his Honda Rider’s Club of America sponsored trailer to be at this event because of our commitment to responsible off-road riding and behaviors in the pits. Real travels often to off-road and motocross events to help educate Rangers and riders alike in chemical, safety, and sound tests procedures. For more info on what exactly ChemHelp is involved in visit http://www.chemhelp.com/.