Celebrate Mother Nature in April – Part I

April 4th, 2014

Surfrider’s Ohana Day – April 13

A Surfrider Foundation Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

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The month of April’s name comes from the Romans and means “to open.” It refers to the season when trees and flowers begin to open and bloom.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think that this makes April the perfect month to celebrate Mother Nature. And, fortunately, there are two special days to do it – Surfrider’s Ohana Day in Seal Beach, on April 13, and Earth Day, April 22.

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Ohana Day celebrates the spirit of ohana, which originated in Polynesia. It was ohana – the belief that “we are all connected to each other and to the earth itself” – that emboldened the early Polynesian seafarers to make their long, migratory journey in outrigger canoes to the Hawaiian Islands in 200 A.D.

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Likening themselves to the shoots of the taro plant, which come from a common bulb (oha), the Polynesians felt that we are all one family (ohana) and must work together, taking care of each other, and honoring the land that nurtures us all.

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“Ohana is all about the kids and showing them how to respect others and the environment,” said Tony Soriano, Chairperson of the Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter.

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Surfrider is hosting its annual Ohana Day celebration Sunday, April 13, from 9 am – 1 pm, at the Seal Beach Pier. SurfWriter Girls love this fun-filled beach day that brings friends and families together to relax and learn about our earth – especially the ocean.

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Volunteers from event sponsor Kohl’s will be out in full force joining Surfrider and the community in a beach cleanup.

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There will be lots of time for fun and environmental education activities, too…free surf lessons from Michael Pless Sr. and the M&M Surf School team,

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a marine biology class provided by Science to U.,

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and a body boarding clinic put on by Alternative Surf.

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Plus lifeguard try-outs to watch, music, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses.

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Surfrider is eager to share information about its many environmental programs, which include:

Blue Water Task Force water quality testing,

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Rise Above Plastics to get rid of plastic in the ocean,

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Ocean Friendly Gardens sustainable, non-polluting gardens,

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Butts Out to get cigarette butts off the beach, and more.

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There will be lots to do on Ohana Day. So wax your surfboard, slather on some sun screen, and join the party at Seal Beach!

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To be continued – Join SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti to find out ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

 

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Ohana Day this month! – Seal Beach Pier – Sunday April 13th – 2014

April 1st, 2014

Come Join us for another great Ohana Day @ the Seal Beach Pier – Sunday April 13th – 2014 • 9am-1pm

Ohana Day 2014

 

 

Enjoy a music filled – beach day! Free kids marine biology classes, beach cleanup, lifeguard demo, surf/skate/bodyboard lessons, raffle prizes and more! Bring your boards, a picnic lunch and of course your earth day stoke!

Sponsored by: Kohl’s – expect great things

APRIL 16th—Surfrider Foundation General Meeting

April 1st, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 meeting at Don the Beachcomber in Sunset Beach.
Time: 6:00 PM networking followed by the Presentation @ 6:30 PM

Please join us for our monthly meeting presented by Dr. Karen McLaughlin

Chapter Meeting

In Memory of Natalie Kotsch – International Surfing Museum Founder

March 10th, 2014

A Last Wave to Natalie

 A Surfrider Foundation Sponsor Story

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

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Natalie Kotsch wasn’t a surfing champion, famed board shaper or surf artist. Nor did she have a line of surf wear named after her. She didn’t even surf. But, she was a giant in the world of surfing, who left a lasting legacy for surfers and all who love the beach and ocean – the International Surfing Museum.

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Located in Huntington Beach (411 Olive Avenue) in the heart of “Surf City,” the International Surfing Museum, established in 1987, is the labor of love that Natalie created with grass roots support from the surfing community.

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The museum was needed, she thought, as a way to honor and remember surfing’s evolution and achievements and the surfing legends who made the sport what it is today. Now Natalie, who passed away on February 20, 2014, is a surfing legend herself.

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A Canadian who moved to Huntington Beach in 1976 and became a realtor, Natalie was enamored with the beach and surfing culture from the start, relishing the warm SoCal weather and welcoming vibe.

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Finding out that the city didn’t have a place to showcase surfing memorabilia or to safeguard its heritage, she set about to make the surfing museum a reality, explaining, “I founded this museum to preserve what used to be.”

Visitors to the museum can see rare photos of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

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Dick Dale’s 1954 California electric guitar is here and a Jan and Dean gold record, along with countless mementos, surf trophies, historic surfboards…

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and the Bolex camera that Bruce Brown used to film The Endless Summer, the 1966 surf movie that put surfing on the map.

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Over the years the museum has staged exhibits showcasing surfers, board shapers, artists, musicians, and even board wax itself – the exhibit “Wax On! History of Surfboard Wax” featured over 1,000 bars of surfboard wax.

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All of this is thanks to Natalie’s tireless efforts.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel remember Natalie as a loyal friend to surfing and the Surfrider Foundation. She was one of those people who could light up a room with their smile. This was certainly true of Natalie, who never seemed to run out of energy and was always ready to lend her support to civic projects in her beloved adopted city.

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In recognition of her work, Huntington Beach named Natalie Citizen of the Year in 1991 and in 1998 she was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame. Then, in 2013, Huntington Beach gave Natalie its highest honor, a Key to City. In presenting the award, Mayor Connie Boardman said, “This is a very special woman who has donated thousands and thousands of hours to the City.”

Surf artist Dave Reynolds, who has served as the surfing museum’s artistic director, knew Natalie well and told SurfWriter Girls about how he first met her.

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“I had heard about the new surfing museum in 1988 and had this wild thought that the museum might like to display some of my work. I called and soon after met with Natalie. She really liked what I was doing and put my art on public display for the first time.”

Museum Director Cindy Cross said, “Natalie’s passion drives me and the memory of her wonderful, throaty laugh and dazzling smile sustains me. I will love and miss her every day of my life.”

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Even when health issues conspired to slow Natalie down in recent years, she still kept going and attended as many surfing museum and community events as she could.

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When Natalie received the Key to the City she said, “This is really something to cherish.” The same can be said about her.

Natalie Kotsch will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to know her and by anyone who steps inside the International Surfing Museum to celebrate the spirit of surfing.

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A memorial service honoring Natalie’s life was held March 8, 2014, at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. There was a “paddle out” at the Huntington Beach Pier.

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You may send cards to Natalie’s family at: Family of Natalie Kotsch, 218 7th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the International Surfing museum.

 

Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel hold the exclusive rights to the following copyrighted material. For permission to reprint or excerpt it and/or link it to another website, contact them at

surfwriter.girls@gmail.com

Ohana Day – Seal Beach Pier – Sunday April 13th – 2014

March 3rd, 2014

Come Join us for another great Ohana Day @ the Seal Beach Pier – Sunday April 13th – 2014 • 9am-1pmohanaday-blog

 

Enjoy a music filled – beach day! Free kids marine biology classes, beach cleanup, lifeguard demo, surf/skate/bodyboard lessons, raffle prizes and more! Bring your boards, a picnic lunch and of course your earth day stoke!

Sponsored by: Kohl’s – expect great things