International Surfing Day 2015

June 23rd, 2015

An Epic Day for Surfing – Two Guinness Records for HB

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 At this year’s International Surfing Day (ISD) in Huntington Beach on June 20th everyone was eager to celebrate surfing and to see history in the making as HB went for two spots in the Guinness World Records book. 

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The emphasis of this year’s ISD was on BIG – with Huntington Beach staging its Epic Big Board Ride featuring the world’s largest surfboard with the most people riding a surfboard at once

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The City of Huntington Beach, title sponsor Hurley, and other surfing community leaders joined forces to make this Epic event a reality – with a 42-foot-long board and 66 riders piling on top for the ride of a lifetime.

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Epic Big Board Ride Event Coordinator Celeste Hamil told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel that it took a lot of work to put everything together, saying, “The end result was well worth the effort of a year of planning by an international team of builders, consultants and surf professionals.”

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Hamil added, “I am, as the surfers say, ‘totally stoked’ to participate in a once in a lifetime experience that will continue to resonate in a meaningful way for the community, visitors and sponsors for many years to come.” 

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Duke Aipa, one of the surfers chosen to ride on the board, was excited to be a part of this historic event and couldn’t wait to get in the water.

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Surfers and spectators alike surrounded the Big Board, anticipating its launch. Then everyone waited as it made its way out past the breakers and was positioned to catch a wave.  

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Finally, after all the work, when the Big Board came riding in on a wave – with all those on board standing up – everyone on the beach and on the pier broke out in cheers.

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It couldn’t have been a better day for surfing…especially since it was on International Surfing Day. 

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An annual event to celebrate the sport of surfing and to give something back to the world’s oceans and beaches, ISD was started in 2005 by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing magazine. Now there are 200-plus events in more than 30 countries.

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Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and the Newport Beach and Long Beach chapters had booths set up on the sand and hosted a jam-packed day of education, entertainment, and beach cleanup activities.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti were glad to see such a big turnout.

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And over 30 sponsors participated.

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Manuel Florence was at the Brewbaker’s booth – showcasing his latest craft sodas and giving out samples of orange cream soda.

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The Surfrider Volunteers were very busy spreading the good message.

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Bolsa Chica Land Trust came to enjoy a day at the beach.

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Pedego’s electric bikes were on display.

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Seth Matson was eager to tell beachgoers about his new environmental organization Drains to Ocean, which will help protect the Ocean, One Drain at a time.

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Red Bull had a lounge tent set up that people could duck into to beat the heat.

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First-time ISD sponsor Cakez and Cupcakez had a tempting array of treats.

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Kind and Cabo Chips had samples

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When the sun came out Hubert’s Lemonade hit the spot.

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Rubio’s had prizes.

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So Cal Kite Surfing gave out information about their kite surfing lessons in Belmont Shore with experienced IKO certified instructors.

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And the LA Video Drone team was on hand to provide an aerial view of all the activities up and down the beach.

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As usual, Surfrider H/SB Chairperson Tony Soriano was everywhere – setting up booths, coordinating with Celeste Hamil, greeting people, and making sure that Surfrider’s environmental message got out.  

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By the end of the day thousands of people came out to HB to celebrate ISD-2015, watch the Epic Big Board Ride, participate in our beach cleanup and remove over 120 lbs. of trash and cigarette butts from the beach.

BEACH CLEAN UP RESULTS:
229 attendees sign-ins; Girl Scout Troops 15554, 3267 & 1745; Fedex Group, Downey High, Kiwins, Cal State Long Beach, Team Inspire, Team Ocean Lover,
Interact Club, Lions Heart, Big Hero 10 were some of the lager groups.
117 lbs plastics trash collected
6.8 lbs. cigarette butts

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All in all, it was definitely an epic day for surfing.

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The HB/SB Surfrider Chapter has many programs you can get involved with. If you’d like to volunteer, please visit: http://hsbsurfrider.org/volunteer/

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Int’l Surfing Day Honors the Sport

June 15th, 2015

Surfer’s Code – Say “I will”

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 Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

International Surfing Day (ISD) – a day created by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing magazine to honor the sport of surfing – is June 20th. To join in the action just head to the Huntington Beach Pier for a day of surfing events and activities from 8 am – 1 pm.

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Local Surfrider members from the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and Newport and Long Beach chapters will be on hand to host the festivities and provide information about beach environmental programs.

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With ISD almost here, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are eager to share Champion surfer and environmentalist Shaun Tomson’s Surfer’s Code with you. 

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Much like the Code of the West in the classic cowboy movies, surfers have a code, too. Or at least they should, according to Tomson.

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Drawing on what he’s learned from surfing, Tomson wrote the book, The Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life, to impart “life lessons” that are just as valid on land as in the water.

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Shaun Tomson’s Surfer’s Code

– I will never turn back on the ocean

– I will always paddle back out

– I will take the drop with commitment

– I will know that there will always be another wave

– I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean

– I will paddle around the impact zone

– I will never fight a rip tide

– I will watch out for other surfers after a big set

– I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer

– I will ride, and not paddle in to shore

– I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind

– I will honor the sport of kings

Tomson, a South African known for riding the big waves joyously and fearlessly, shows the importance of making your move, watching out for others, being persistent, respecting the sport and sharing the stoke.

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There is much to celebrate about surfing and much to learn from it.

 

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International Surfing Day is the perfect time to say “I will” to honoring the sport and living up to the Surfer’s Code.

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And to make a commitment to achieve the non-profit Surfrider Foundation’s goal of protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

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To be continued – Look for coverage of this year’s International Surfing Day event in Huntington Beach in the next SurfWriter Girls blog.

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Classic Surf Film

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Butts Out Chronology

April 8th, 2015

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The Butts Out Story, in Chronological Order

  • Aug 14, 2011 – At around 11:00 AM, Seth Matson introduced the program to the Chapter “EC/CORE Volunteers, Have a look at what Surfrider San Diego is doing for Cigarette Butts.  This would be a great thing for our chapter to do for HB as well. Anyone interested in taking command on something like this?
  • By noon, Don MacLean responded with “I’m thinkin that this cigarette thing is right up my alley, because I hate the *%&#@^! things with a passion, and I’m sick of the disgusting mess they pose throughout our community.” Don sent an e-mail to the San Diego Chapter for more info.
  • Aug 17, 2011 – Julie Wartell, the Surfrider San Diego Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) Campaign Coordinator responded back, and gave us the first of many messages of what they do, and how they do it. This info served as the initial information that sent us in the right direction.
  • Aug 22, 2011 – Don mentioned to Tony that “[San Diego] provided me with lots of info, and there are some more inquiries I need to make, but this seems like a pretty cool program. “In any case, I’ll keep moving along with this, and I’ll work on establishing a game plan as to how we can make this a reality. I’ll keep you posted.

Tony Soriano, the Chapter Chairman responded shortly after with:

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The flagship element to the HOTYB was going to be the installation of metal cigarette disposal canisters that could be mounted to utility poles or other places along the street and sidewalks. With much help from Julie Wartell and Roger Kube from the San Diego Chapter’s HOTYB program, Don began the process of taking existing program information and tweaking and transforming it into programs specific to the Huntington Beach/ Seal Beach Chapter.

While Don MacLean was busy trying to make inroads with the City of Huntington Beach to gain approval for the installation of the pole-mounted cigarette canisters, it became apparent that this was not going to be a slam dunk. A lot of time was spent contacting the various City departments and the Business Improvement District (the entity responsible for maintaining downtown Huntington Beach). One of the first tasks was putting something together showing what the problem was, and where the problem areas were.

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On March 21, 2012 – We received approval to install the first 4 canisters

along Main Street in Huntington Beach as a “Pilot Program.

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While the primary focus was on the higher profile task of getting cigarette canisters mounted on Main Street, other HOTYB program elements were also being pursued. On Dec 5, 2011 – After researching for pocket ashtray alternatives, we made the purchase of the first 500 aluminum tins to give away to smokers as “pocket ashtrays”, and to start introducing our new program to the public.

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Then came the T-Shirts…

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… and bumper stickers.

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While we were establishing a foothold with the cigarette canisters on Main Street, the “Hold On To Your Butt” program was also focusing on The Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter’s beach clean-ups. Don came up with the idea to hand out small bottles to designated “butt collectors” and members of the groups provided all of their cigarette butts to these collectors so we could get a better tally on the scope of the problem.

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During our second outing, nearly 2,000 butts were collected, and ever since, the “butt collectors” have become a big hit, and has been very effective is demonstrating the depth of the problem.

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Don MacLean at the Hold On To Your Butts Beach Clean-up table, which is always a popular and eye-popping attraction at our beach clean-ups, and other environmental events we attend.

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As time went on, the program received the full blessing of Huntington Beach, and through perseverance, we were able to start a pilot program in Seal Beach, who also approved the program and has now assumed all maintenance of the canisters. We now have roughly 120 canisters throughout both downtown areas, at several hotels, and at numerous bars and local establishments. It is also important to mention that the purchase of many of the canisters was made possible by grants received from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which has generously supported Surfrider Foundation efforts for nearly 3 years, and helped fund the program in its early stages when help was needed the most. KAB has also provided us with 400 Car Ash trays which we also give away at beach clean-ups and other community events.

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Another aspect of the program is the Cigarette Butts Recycling Program. Surfrider Foundation provides recycling buckets to the people responsible for emptying the canisters, and when a bucket is full, they call us and we come swap out full ones with empty ones.

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Overall, our records show that over 1/5 of a million butts have been sent to the recycler, but this number is well under what has actually been collected. Some of our partners have taken a while to get used to the concept of cigarette butts recycling, so many of our butts have unfortunately gone to the landfill, which is still better than the beach.

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The butts are recycled by a company called “Terracycle” and they pay for the shipping, so the service is no cost to Surfrider Foundation. The butts are used as mulch (the paper and tobacco portion) while the filters (which are actually cellulose acetate, a type of plastic) are processed into a different for a plastic that is used to make pallets, flower pots, and you guessed it… ASH TRAYS!

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In addition to implementing the program throughout the Chapter’s district, the Hold On To Your Butts team has assisted several other out-of-state Chapters in getting a program up in running, with the most successful of those efforts being the Surfrider Foundation Chapters in Vancouver Island, Canada.

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