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Surfrider Presents Insider Look At Sharks In SoCal

An Epic Evening With Dr. Chris Lowe

Sharks are becoming more ever-present at SoCal beaches. To find out more about this phenomenon, Surfrider invited Dr. Chris Lowe of the CSU, Long Beach, Shark Lab to address October’s tri-chapter meeting of the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach and Newport Beach chapters.

Dr. Lowe is just the one to explain and discuss all things shark.

He and his team of students have been monitoring and tagging Great White Sharks with high-tech transmitters and receivers since the early 2000s and observing shark behavior up and down California’s coast from Ventura to San Diego County.

Studying their migratory patterns, Dr. Lowe has seen firsthand what many people are talking about – the influx of juvenile sharks into SoCal waters. Attracted by warmer waters and an abundant food source, these “beach babies” appear to have no desire to leave the cradle.

 

Everyone gathered for Dr. Lowe’s talk was eager to learn more about these giant sea creatures that both intimidate and fill us with wonder.

 

 

As the meeting began, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could feel the anticipation and excitement in the room.

 

 

 

Sharing scientific data, personal experiences and photos, Dr. Lowe took the audience into the shark’s world and showed the role that sharks play in ocean ecosystems.

As Dr. Lowe pointed out, sharks – as apex predators – help to maintain a necessary balance among different types of sea life. One of the reasons we’re seeing more of them is because of the healthiness of California’s coastline, which creates a desirable environment for them.

Rather than being afraid of sharks, he emphasized the importance of being educated about them and gaining an understanding and appreciation of them.

With more beach babies to come, the more we know about sharks the better we can prepare for their arrival.

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International Surfing Day 2017

An Epic Day to Celebrate Surfing

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

Surfers around the world were up with the sun to ride the waves, clean the beaches and celebrate the Summer Solstice (June 20).

In Huntington Beach, CA (Surf City USA) Surfrider Foundation members were excited to share the stoke and get the community on board to protect the oceans, waves and beaches.

 

Family, friends, environmental groups, surf industry leaders and more came together to enjoy the summer vibes.

The kids were excited, too, to hear Joel Harper read from his books All the Way to the Ocean and Sea Change, which both tell about the need to protect the ocean and marine sea life.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could feel the energy all around us.

You couldn’t ask for a more purrfect day for ISD. It was out of this world.

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To see more about ISD & its Guinness World Record, click: ISD Guinness

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Ohana Day – 2017

Surfrider Enjoys Wave of Aloha Spirit!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug & Patti Kishel

Sounds of Hawaiian music could be heard coming from the beach in Seal Beach, CA on Saturday April 15th as everyone came out to join in the Surfrider Foundation’s annual Ohana (Family) Day celebration hosted by Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and Kohl’s.

 

Surfrider members were out in force, organizing beach cleanups and leading the kids in educational and hands-on activities to learn more about the ocean and how to protect the environment.

There was so much to see and do.

Cotton candy to eat and waves to catch.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel always love this fun-filled day that celebrates family and friends and Mother Earth.

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The beauty of ohana is that it doesn’t just last for a day. It lasts a lifetime

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Surfrider Builds Wave of Support Around the World!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The non-profit Surfrider Foundation is protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches with a grassroots network that circles the globe.

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Working with members, volunteers, partners and sponsors, Surfrider is turning the tide on environmental pollution and safeguarding our natural resources for generations to come and for all to enjoy.

From cleaning up beaches and protecting sea life to educating the public on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, Surfrider is making our coastal communities better.

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2016 marked a decade of accomplishment – 400 environmental victories!

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel can’t wait to see what’s next. It’s amazing what you can do when everyone’s on board!

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To see more about Surfrider’s victories, click on: 400 

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Coastal Cleanup Day – 2016

Surfrider Foundation Cleans Up!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Volunteers around the globe participated in the non-profit Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 17.

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The Surfrider Foundation joined with other environmental and community groups to pick up trash and help to make the beaches clean.

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In Surf City, 308 volunteers in Huntington Beach collected almost 400 lbs. of trash, including bottle caps and straws, single-use plastic bags, discarded children’s toys…

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and more than 7,000 cigarette butts.

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By the end of the day, the beach was sparkling and picture-perfect beautiful!

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Kids Stoked at Stoke-O-Rama!

Surfrider Helps at Event for Young Surfers

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Just as Vans US Open of Surfing 2016 was getting started in Huntington Beach, north of the pier another surfing event (July 23) was attracting a crowd – Stoke-O-Rama, the fun surfing competition for groms ages 12 and under.

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Created by the Gudauskas brothers – pro-surfers Dane, Tanner and Pat – and sponsored by Vans, the event, which is more about camaraderie than competition, aims to give young surfers the kind of support and friendly rivalry that the three brothers had among themselves growing up.

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Getting kids involved in surfing is something the Surfrider Foundation does, too. So, when Jenny Lamott, Vans Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, called for volunteers to assist at the event Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano got the chapter to lend a hand.

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Duke Aipa, H/SB Chapter Surf Ambassador, was especially excited to help out because he wants to get kids stoked about surfing and helping to protect the environment. Recently he launched Surfrider’s SR-F program to reach out to kids.

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This is essential, agrees Soriano.”They are the future of our surfing community, the Surfrider Foundation…and the ocean is theirs.”
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Since starting Stoke-O-Rama four years ago, the Gudauskas brothers have held events at their home surf break San Clemente, Hawaii, Canada and now Surf City. They also started the Positive Vibes Warriors Foundation related to it that raises money from sponsors to go toward youth water safety programs and ocean education in local communities.

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Talking about being in Surf City during the USOS, Dane Gudauskas said, “We couldn’t be happier to be hosting a Stoke-O-Rama in Huntington Beach. Having grown up just down the road, we always loved coming up to Huntington and surfing with the local crew.”

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Tanner adds, “I love seeing the kids high-fiving each other, cheering each other on and making new friends.”

With the Gudauskas brothers, Vans, Surfrider, sponsors and more all pitching in, now even the youngest surfers have a cheering section just for them.

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Some photos courtesy of Alex Soriano, Surfrider and Vans

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Cool Vibes at Huntington Beach

International Surfing Day 2016

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

While inland Orange County was sweltering hot, the 70 degree temperatures in Huntington Beach made it the perfect place to chill and enjoy this year’s International Surfing Day – an annual event that celebrates the great sport of surfing and marks the beginning of the summer solstice.

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The non-profit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, pulled out all the stops with a tri-chapter ISD event hosted by the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach and Newport Beach chapters.

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With the cool sounds of Erik Innes of DJ StreetGroove playing, Surfrider volunteers and beachgoers checked out educational displays, surf industry booths, participated in beach cleanups, and more.

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Tony Soriano, H/SB Chapter Chairman, said, “448 volunteers picked up 562 lbs. of trash! It was a great day at the beach with clear skies.”

 

For some of the exhibitors it was their first ISD. Joey Carrillo, the owner of Oceanside-based Life’s Rad, had his family with him to showcase their “California vibe” T-shirts.

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Roland Verdugo, at local business Quivers, was eager to explain its unique subscription program that lets members test and/or rent surfboards.

 

Slyde, the handboard company that wowed the investors on TV’s Shark Tank, was back at ISD for the third time.

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Co-owner Angela Watts said, “Working with the sharks is like a dream. Everything has been non-stop since the show.” She emphasized that “no matter how busy it gets, though, it’s important to stay involved in the community.”

The Long Beach Kettlebell Club demonstrated building upper body strength with their kettlebell weights and passersby gave it a try.

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Seth Matson, of the non-profit Drains to Ocean, asked people to take the pledge to cut back on water usage.

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There were Cabo Chips and Kind Bars to munch.

 

 

 

Manuel Florence, the owner of Brewbakers, had their latest beverages on display and…

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High Brew gave out iced coffee to drink.

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Marivon Messina told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel “The coffee tastes like a dessert and is only 60 calories or less. The cold-brewing method makes it less bitter and less acidic.”

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Throughout the day, Surfrider volunteers were busy educating the kids about the need to protect the environment and to keep trash and cigarettes off the beach.

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Everyone was stoked because the beach was clean and ISD means summer is here!

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Surfrider Shares Ohana Day Spirit

April 16, 2016

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

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The sounds of laughter and Polynesian music filled the air in Seal Beach on Saturday for the 9th Annual Ohana “Family” Day celebration hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and Kohl’s department stores.

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Eric with DJ Street Groove, “John “Kiki” Pal and his Hawaiian Steel Guitar, and Tommy Twang Acoustic Guitar kept the good vibes going.

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And the dancers from Mahana Polynesian Entertainment really knew how to shake things up.

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All in all, 295 volunteers picked up some 320 lbs of trash, leaving the beach a pristine blanket of sand.

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Eco-friendly vendors and organizations set up booths on the sand…

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and did demos and gave away samples.

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Frank Dubbs emceed the festivities while Surfrider’s Gina Maslach handed out the raffle prizes.

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Beach-goers surfed, swam, played on the sand, relaxed, talked and laughed.

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And everyone basked in the warmth of the 84 degree temperatures and ohana spirit – on a special day where strangers became friends and friends became family.

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Thanks to Tony and Alex Soriano for their photo contributions

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Cigarette Butts No Match for Alex & Norma Sellers!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

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Surfrider members Alex and Norma Sellers could paddle out early on weekends to catch some waves, go out to lunch or a movie, or just relax. But, instead they are out in the Huntington Beach community removing cigarette butts from the beach and streets.

 

 

To get to know the husband and wife team better and why they are part of Surfrider’s activist volunteer network, check out these personal photos they shared with SurfWriter Girls.

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In talking to Alex and Norma, it’s clear that they are passionate about getting trash off the beach…no ifs, ands or butts!

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You can see more about the Sellers and what they are accomplishing to keep our beaches clean. Just click on the story in SurfWriter Girls.

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Snake, Rattle and Roll!

Surfrider Volunteers Find Rare Snake on OC Beach

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

You never know what you’re going to find washed up on the shore at a beach cleanup.

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Surfrider Foundation volunteers definitely weren’t expecting to find a highly-venomous, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, rarely seen in California, at their December 12th cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

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Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano put the dead snake in a Ziplok bag and stored it in his refrigerator at home for safe-keeping. Then he contacted the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to find out more.

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Before long the museum’s Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Gregory Pauly, was examining the snake, which he declared “an extremely important and rare find.”

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The snake typically lives in warmer, southern waters off the coasts of Mexico, Africa, Asia and Australia. But, Pauly theorized that the snake’s appearance in the OC could be a predictor of California’s coming El Nino storm cycle that results from warmer ocean waters.

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In talking to Pauly, Soriano said he found out,”this is only the third documented record of a Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake washing ashore in California.”

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On this historic day Soriano calculated the beach cleanup resulted in:

275 – volunteers (98 students from LA Serena H.S.)

306.57 lbs – trash picked up

20 lbs – Styrofoam collected

1 – Sea Snake

Quite a haul…and a day for the record books!

For more on El Nino storms, see Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine’s Home Page.

Photos and Video courtesy of Tony Soriano and LA Video Drone.

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Ocean Friendly Garden Blooms at SoCAL Edison

Huntington Beach OFG is OMG!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The world’s biggest Ocean Friendly Garden is blooming in Huntington Beach.

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Southern California Edison’s Huntington Beach Substation just unveiled its new Ocean Friendly Garden – an eco-friendly garden developed with the help of the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter – that is the largest OFG in the world.

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Greg Goran, the H/SB Chapter’s OFG expert, and Chapter Vice Chairperson Jeff Coffman encouraged SCE to replace over 36,500 sg. ft. of turf with drought-tolerant plants that require only minimal water, fertilizers or pesticides.

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This not only saves water, but keeps toxic water runoff  from entering our waterways and polluting the ocean. “Urban runoff  (from residential and commercial landscapes) is the #1 source of ocean pollution and the primary reason our water is so much dirtier now,” Goran explains, excited about being able to help make SoCal’s beaches cleaner.

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SCE couldn’t have done it alone. As they say, “It takes a village.” And that was true here with SCE, Surfrider and local businesses, organizations and community volunteers all donating time, money and supplies to turn the substation’s grounds into a thing of beauty.

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Viewing their handiwork at the official ribbon-cutting this week, everyone marveled at the transformation that had taken place.

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SCE also added permeable (porous) surfaces to the garden that allow water to sink into the ground so that it isn’t wasted. This will enable SCE to save some 1.6 million gallons of water annually that would have been needed for irrigation. And for when the amount of rainwater isn’t enough, they installed a smart irrigation system that utilizes satellite technology to track moisture levels and provide water as needed.

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Now, instead of a dull expanse of mottled green turf, the area around the substation is vibrant and alive with wild grasses, succulents, trees and shrubs, rock configurations, and more.

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It is definitely an OFG to make you say, “OMG!”

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Photos courtesy of SCE and Tony Soriano

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Volcom Supports Surfrider’s Mission

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter has had a long relationship with action sportswear company Volcom, who support’s its mission of protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

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Volcom, which specializes in surf, skate and snow merchandise, emphasizes eco-friendly, Green Marketing methods in its core practices.

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Derek Sabori, Volcom’s Vice President of Sustainability, believes in hands-on community involvement, which includes sponsoring local beach cleanups and helping out at environmental events.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel had the opportunity to meet Sabori at Volcom’s headquarters in Costa Mesa and saw firsthand how the company is reducing its carbon footprint in the products it makes and its operations.

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Surfrider’s H/SB Chapter Chair Tony Soriano is grateful for all the help Volcom has given it throughout the years, its sponsorship of the Chapter’s beach cleanups, and continuing efforts to promote sustainability.

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Barefoot Wine and Surfrider

A Toast to the Coast!

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Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter joined forces this summer for a beach cleanup and wine party in Huntington Beach.

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Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano said that more than 450 volunteers showed up during the morning and removed close to 500 lbs. of trash from the beach.

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Afterward, Surfrider volunteers enjoyed wine and appetizers provided by host Barefoot Wine at the Huntington Beach surfing-themed Shorebreak Hotel.

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The event was part of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project – a community-based program started in 2007 to clean up the nation’s coastal areas.

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Barefoot Wine and Surfrider are working together to clean and restore America’s beaches, lakes and rivers to keep them “Barefoot friendly.” In 2015 the Beach Rescue Project plans to cover 12 beaches in 10 states across the country.

barefoot friendly beach signBrand Manager Daryl Skimae, a self-proclaimed “Barefooter,” told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel , “The company isn’t just about money, it’s more like being able to make a difference for the environment whenever we partner beach cleanups with Surfrider.”

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Along with pork sliders and mini-Angus beef hamburgers, there were three different types of Barefoot Wine to try: Crisp White Spritzer, Summer Red Spritzer, and Sparkling Brut.

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Canadians Matthew Johnston and Mike Curtis, who were visiting the beach, ended up helping with the cleanup and staying on to join in the party.

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So did new Surfrider member Mao, who is from Japan.

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And the team from LA Video Drone, which was on the scene taking aerial photos and videos.

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SurfWriter Girls learned that the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project has hosted more than 130 cleanups, removed more than 15 tons of trash from our coasts and has done so with the help of over 10,000 volunteers.

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Barefoot Wine and Surfrider keeping our beaches and oceans clean – it’s the perfect pairing!

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Surfrider Keeps Beaches Clean

Volunteers Give Time – Come Rain or Shine

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On early weekend mornings, up and down the coast, the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteers are out in full force cleaning the beaches – come rain or shine.

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No matter how foggy, cold, hot or windy it is, the Surfrider team is out picking up trash…

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and educating people about the environment

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lining up to weigh trashTo keep SoCal’s beaches clean hundreds of people from the community, schools, businesses, and organizations volunteer their time each week because they know it makes a difference.

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You never know who you’ll run into. At one beach cleanup SurfWriter Girl Sunny Magdaug even saw Huntington Beach local, champion surfer Brett Simpson.

Tony Soriano, Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson, is always leading the charge…and capturing the moment with his photographs.

20140308_074627“What a day! – It was cold and windy… but didn’t stop the dedication of environmentally concerned people to clean the City of Huntington’s beaches,” Soriano said, describing the weather conditions of a recent beach cleanup.

“We had 443 volunteers that picked up 387 lbs of trash.  

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group from all overSoriano said people came from all over. Students from UC Riverside and Bakersfield High School; volunteers from Southwest Airlines; YMarketing; United Healthcare; Pacific Dental Service; City of Stanton; the DEA; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and more.

In addition to leading weekly beach cleanups, Surfrider members set up education booths and environmental displays to show the damaging effects of trash, cigarettes and plastics in the ocean.

DSC04811Rise Above Plastics Chairperson Jessica Budica and Butts Out Co-Chairpersons Norma and Alex Sellers can be counted on to get the word out about what it takes to get pollutants out of the environment.

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Surfrider volunteers also clean the Huntington Harbour now, going out in kayaks to gather the trash floating in the water.

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Huntington Harbour Cleanup Chairperson Shane Coons coordinates all the harbour activities. From mapping the cleanup route to getting the kayaks lined up, Coons makes sure that everything is ready to go so volunteers can start cleaning the harbour.

Shane with mapCleaning the beach isn’t just work; it’s fun. When you join the Surfrider crew you get to meet your neighbors and the community and enjoy the beach at the same time.

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And, wherever the beach cleanup is, you can count on Surfrider member Gilbert Castillon to be there, providing volunteers with his own special Java Jaws coffee brew to jumpstart the day –

 come rain or shine.

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California Coastal Commission Honors Surfrider

Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter

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The California Coastal Commission recently honored the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter for participating in the Commission’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

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As part of its mission to protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, the H/SB Chapter adopted Huntington and Bolsa Chica state beaches. H/SB Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano commended the chapter members for their continuing efforts to keep the local beaches clean and create environmental awareness in the community.

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Surfrider Celebrates the Season

Surfrider’s Holiday Party – Good Cheer…and Beer!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The mood at Brewbakers craft brewery and restaurant/bakery in Huntington Beach was warm and festive during the annual Surfrider Foundation’s Tri-Chapter Holiday Party Saturday, December 6th.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were excited to see Surfrider members and guests from the Huntington/Seal Beach, Long Beach, and Newport Beach chapters.

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Brewbakers owner and Surfrider member Manuel Florence made sure that everyone tasted the craft beers and sodas that his brewery is known for.

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The Coffman family – Jeff, Sherrie, Will and Charlie – zeroed in on the root beer and cream soda.

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DSC04533Darryl Ferguson and Halie Schmidt liked the pumpkin beer.

So did Mike Balchin, Seth Matson, Pam Conti, Shane Coons, and the rest of the Surfrider crew.

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There were bratwurst sandwiches and pizzas, too…

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freshly made in the kitchen.

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Greg Kishel tried both and declared them a hit.

Now that the year is almost over everyone was talking about 2015 and the new surfing spots they want to explore and ways to protect the ocean and beach environment we all love.

DSC04920Tony Soriano and Sona Coffee, the Environmental Programs Manager for Manhattan Beach, said there’s much work still to do.

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With holiday shopping on people’s minds, we all agreed that a Surfrider membership would be just the gift for the people on our lists.

It’s easy to wrap and is a gift that gives all year. What could be better than that?

In keeping with the holiday spirit shared at Brewbakers, SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti wish you this Irish toast:

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A Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year,

A pocket full of money

And a cellar full of beer!

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Paradise Found – Thailand

Sharin’ the Dream

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A Surfrider Member Profile

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Photos by Don MacLean

 Don MacLean, the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter’s former Hold On To Your Butt! Chairperson, is in Thailand now – Livin’ the Dream.

DSC02744More than that, Don’s Sharin’ the Dream, helping to keep Thailand the tropical paradise he wants it to be.

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Just as Don made it his goal to get cigarette butts off the beaches and streets in Orange County, he’s committed to getting trash off the beaches in Thailand and to continuing to carry out Surfrider’s mission.

Surfrider Thai logo“This is a huge challenge,” says Don. “The people don’t realize the need to pick up the trash around them and there aren’t any trash cans on the beaches.”

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He has been working to raise money for trash cans and is busy organizing the locals to participate in beach cleanups at Phuket’s Surin Beach.

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Together, they have removed cigarette butts, assorted trash, plastic bags, Styrofoam, fishing lines and nets from the beach.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are always excited to see the photos Don sends us from Thailand showing the beautiful beaches – and the trash that has been collected.

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Don is also educating people about the need to protect the coastal environment and the things they can do to safeguard it for the next generation. “It’s especially important to educate the kids,” Don told SurfWriter Girls.

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Cigarette litter may seem like a minor problem to some, but not to Don. He points out that “cigarettes are the most littered item in the world.” Several trillion butts are tossed worldwide. What’s more, the toxic residue in the cigarettes damages the environment, getting into eco-systems and water supplies…threatening the quality of our water and aquatic life.

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This year Don staged the very first Phuket International Surfing Day celebration and beach cleanup. “The turnout was beyond our expectations,” he said, adding that he recruits everyone he can find, including people he sees on the beach.

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Don has even spoken to the Governor of Phuket, who was eager to learn about the work Don is doing.

Along with educating kids about the environment, as an added incentive to get them to Respect the Beach, Don gives surfing lessons after the beach cleanups.

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Then, at the end of the day, he goes home to his ocean-view house on the hill, on the edge of the lush, Thai jungle…

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and enjoys the vibrant sunset on the horizon.

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Overcoming language and cultural barriers isn’t easy, but Don MacLean is up to the task. With over 20 years experience conducting environmental compliance audits for the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard, he is just the one to restore Thailand’s beaches, returning them to their natural beauty…

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So everyone can be Livin’ the Dream.

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Beware the Bag Monsters!

On Halloween it’s in the Bag!

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With the sounds of Halloween here and little ones eager to take their trick-or-treat bags door-to-door, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are thinking how nice it would be to keep those bags out all year.

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Not just for Halloween candy, apples and treats, but for everyday items, dairy and meats.

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When you bring your own reusable bag on shopping trips, instead of using plastic bags from the store, you can reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our environment.

Did you know that each reusable bag equals 400 single-use plastic bags?

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Or that 600 plastic bags are thrown away every second in California?

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Every year 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. Of those, 100 billion bags are used in the United States alone.

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That’s a lot of plastic bags…most of which end up littering our streets and polluting our waterways and oceans, endangering sea life, who get tangled in the bags or ingest them , and ultimately entering the food chain.

That’s even scarier than the ghosts and goblins roaming around on All Hallows Eve.

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Fortunately California got an early treat this Halloween – the passage and signing of Senate Bill 270 – authorizing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores.

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The Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter has long supported legislation to ban plastic bags. Its Rise Above Plastics Chairperson Jessica Bechtold explained to SurfWriter Girls that building awareness is the key – informing the public of the environmental problems caused by plastic bags and getting people out of the habit of using them.

The bill phases out plastic bags at grocery stores and supermarkets in the summer of 2015. Convenience stores and pharmacies will follow in 2016.

When the plastic bags disappear, so will Bag Monsters – ghostlike, spooky spirits made from discarded plastic bags.

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For now, though, they’re still out there. So, heed this Halloween warning:

Beware the Bag Monsters…and Don’t Litter!

Stash Your Trash on Halloween

When you’re dancing around the fire

watch out for goblins, ghosts and gyres.

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It’s nice to have a yummy treat…

Good and Plenty’s, Reese’s Cups, and candy corn to eat.

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But, don’t toss your trash on the beach

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Remember that Bag Monsters are always near.

You never know when they’ll appear.

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With bulging eyes and shark-like teeth to chew,

If you litter, they’ll get you!

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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Brewbakers Huntington Beach Grand Opening

Manuel Florence Goes from Banker to Brew Master

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Photos by SurfWriter Girls and Tony Soriano

The Grand Opening of Brewbakers craft brewery and bread shop in Huntington Beach (7242 Heil Avenue) drew a big crowd October 17th as people turned out to enjoy the shop’s micro brewed beer and crafted soda selections.

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ribbon cuttingAlong with HB city representatives and the media, the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter members were on hand for the ribbon-cutting and to support Surfrider HB/SB Chapter member Manuel Florence, the owner of Brewbakers.

DSC03792Florence, a long-time beer aficionado who worked in the banking industry, was excited to trade his banker’s suit for a brew master’s apron. Now Florence is sharing his passion for beer and root beer with the community, teaching others how to create their own personalized brews, and providing a place where friends and family can come together.

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breadsBrewbakers also offers a variety of breads (from Chocolate to Jalapeno Cheese and Cranberry Walnut), cinnamon rolls and pretzels baked daily and handmade pizzas with a selection of toppings “for your personal touch.”

So, when you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to sample the latest brews on tap, make Brewbakers your destination!

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Surfrider Foundation Turns 30!!

Surf Activists Protect the Environment

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Power of One. Books and films have long celebrated the power of one person to make a difference – from the lone stranger riding into a lawless frontier town on a horse to the dedicated teacher standing alone in a troubled classroom.

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The Surfrider Foundation, with its activist, volunteer network of independent-minded surfers, epitomizes the power that one person – joined by others – can have to make a difference.

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Dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, started in 1984 with a handful of surfers in Malibu…

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is now a worldwide organization that’s over 60,000 strong.

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Demonstrating that surfers care about more than catching waves and rays, Surfrider’s members spend countless hours cleaning beaches, monitoring water pollution, and educating the public about conservation and sustainability.

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Who are the faces of Surfrider? Why do they volunteer? SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel found that Surfrider’s members are as varied as grains of sand on a dazzling beach.

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Surfers, environmentalists, artists, board shapers, entrepreneurs, families, neighbors and friends…anyone who cares about keeping our beaches clean and protecting the ocean wildlife…these are the faces of Surfrider.

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If you want to find Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano, just look where the waves are breaking. Tony has been surfing since he was 16 and loves the challenge and the thrill of it.

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Just about the only thing Tony doesn’t like about surfing is the trash he sees in the water and on the beach. “When I first started surfing the water was blue and clear. There used to be mussels we could eat right off the rocks. We used to pull crabs off the rocks and cook clams on the beach. Now the ocean is green and the mussels are gone. I want to get the ocean back to that clean look from when I grew up.”

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So, on any given Saturday, Tony is likely to be at the shoreline leading volunteers in a beach cleanup or talking to kids about the environment.

Norma Sellers, Huntington//Seal Beach Butts Out Co-Chairperson (with husband Alex), can be found at beach cleanups, too. She became a Surfrider volunteer because “I love protecting our beaches, especially for sea animals and children and for everyone to enjoy.”

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Toward this end, Norma was excited to send 40 lbs. of cigarette butts – collected over two-months this summer – to the recycler.

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On cold beach mornings volunteers are always glad to see Gilbert Castillon, another face of Surfrider, setting up his coffee pot at Surfrider’s tent and serving strong cups of Java Jaws Surfers Blend coffee. A surfer and coffee entrepreneur, Gilbert is usually manning the scales and weighing and keeping track of the amount of trash collected.

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Don MacLean was used to being right in the middle of SoCal beach cleanups. Then last year he started “livin’ the dream” in Thailand. Now he’s Surfrider’s Man in Phuket, getting the locals on board in cleaning up the beaches there.

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Having moved to paradise, Don wants to keep it a paradise. Summing up why he’s a surfrider volunteer, he shared this Dr. Seuss quote with Surfrider Girls: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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Craig Cadwallader, Surfrider’s South Bay Chapter Chairperson, is definitely someone who “cares a whole awful lot.” In recognition of his tireless work to protect the marine environment, California’s State Assembly and the City of Manhattan Beach both named him an Environmental Hero.

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A familiar face at beach cleanups and chapter meetings up and down the California Coast is Surfrider’s Southern California Regional Manager Nancy Hastings. “Who am I?” she asks. “I’m a surfer, musician, artist, and activist. I am simply nuts about the ocean.”

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Nancy can’t remember a time that she wasn’t connected to the coast and ocean in some way and says, “Surfrider members have a fiery and unstoppable passion for protecting their stretch of coastline that never ceases to amaze me.”

Hawaii Coordinator Stuart Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go, the story of Hawaiian big wave surfing pioneer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, has this same connection to the ocean.

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Stuart, who is committed to Surfrider’s mission, says, “I enjoy writing articles about the coastal environment and those eco-activists who are fighting to protect it.”

Kyle Lishok, Surfrider’s Marketing Manager, feels just as strongly about the environment. He spent many of his childhood years camping and says, “Preserving beautiful and meaningful places for people to recreate is something I hold close to my heart.”

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So does Laura Lee, a Texas girl who eventually became Surfrider’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “Thanks to my mom’s huge love of our oceans and my dad’s passion for fishing, I grew up with a deep appreciation for our coasts and all bodies of water.”

Surfrider is about more than beach cleanups. It’s about keeping pollutants from reaching our beaches and waterways in the first place – a job that Ocean Friendly Gardens expert Greg Goran takes personally.

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Greg, who has overseen garden installations in homes and commercial locations, says,” choosing plants that don’t demand a lot of water and paying attention to drainage, fertilizers and pesticides makes a big difference in protecting the environment.”

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In the 30 years since it was started, The Surfrider Foundation has learned an important lesson: Education is the key.

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In order to achieve its goals of “Conservation, Activism, Research and Education” (CARE) and promote its environmental programs – Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Butts Out, Know Your H²O, Blue Water Task Force, and more – Surfrider’s volunteers have become educators.

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“The way to protect the environment is to educate people about pollution problems and get them involved in fixing them,” says Tony Soriano. “From water run-off to plastics and trash, the public has to be made aware of the impact these have on our oceans and beaches.”

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So, Tony organizes beach cleanups and works with the community, reaching out to new Surfrider members. And, at the end of the day, he makes time to catch some waves, fish off the pier with his son Alex…and enjoy the sunset over the water.

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The faces of Surfrider are many and varied. And for 30 years the Surfrider Foundation has been protecting the environment so that generations to come can experience the wonders of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

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If you love the coasts, this is the place for you. If you love the coasts, do one thing before you do anything else: Join Us.

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Vans US Open of Surfing – In Style!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel       

Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson Tony Soriano, Alex and Norma Sellers, and friends shared a front row box for the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing.

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After all the work they put into beach cleanups, it was nice to kick back and watch the surfing action.

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The surfers not only competed for waves with each other, but with sponsor Fiat’s cool 500Ls floating in the ocean.

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Thanks to Tony for the photos!

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Congratulations to the 2014 champions Tyler Wright and Felipe Toledo

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