October 9 events to dedicate and celebrate the first World Surfing Reserve at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach
October 7, 2010 – This Saturday, October 9, a series of events throughout the day in Malibu will inaugurate and celebrate the first World Surfing Reserve. The day begins at sunrise with a Chumash Native American blessing at Malibu’s First Point as well as a paddle out ceremony, followed by an official dedication ceremony with
speakers at Surfrider Beach, and ends in the evening with a celebration at Duke’s Malibu.
Mati Waiya, a local Chumash leader and founder of the Wishtoyo Foundation, will lead a traditional sunrise ceremony on the beach, honoring and blessing the day’s activities for the Malibu World Surfing Reserve. This will be followed by a paddle-out and surfer circle in the water at First Point led by the Local Stewardship
Council of the Malibu World Surfing Reserve.
Later, at 11am, leaders and other prominent speakers will address the assembled crowd at Surfrider Beach for the official dedication ceremony of the Malibu World Surfing Reserve. Confirmed speakers include: Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Jefferson Wagner, Mayor of Malibu; Brad Farmer, National Surfing Reserves
Australia; Santos Kreimann, L.A. Beaches and Harbors; Liz Crosson, Santa Monica Baykeeper; Fran Pavley, California State Senator; Drew Albenze, Surfrider Foundation; Allen Sarlo, Local Stewardship Council; Michael Blum, Malibu Surfing Association; Ross Mirkarimi and Sara Wan, California Coastal Commission; Fernando Aguerre, International Surfing Association; and Dean LaTourrette of Save The Waves Coalition.
An evening celebration and fundraiser at Duke’s Malibu will honor the Local Stewardship Council and features live music by Jon Swift and special guests. Tickets for the evening event are on sale now at worldsurfingreserves.org and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit programs of World Surfing Reserves.
World Surfing Reserves protects world-class surf breaks and their surrounding areas by promoting the many positive environmental, cultural, and socio-economic benefits of these coastal surf zones. Malibu is the first surf break to be officially designated in what will be a global network of surfing reserves.
Malibu has been recognized as one of the world’s “perfect waves” but has been continuously and adversely affected by poor water quality due to sewage runoff and other environmental pressures from the greater Los Angeles area. The Malibu World Surfing Reserve aims to build important community awareness and activism around the issues of coastal preservation and surf break protection.
October 9 Schedule of Events:
7am – Chumash Beach Ceremony and Paddle Out (Surfrider Beach & First Point)
11am – Dedication Ceremony (Surfrider Beach)
7pm – Fundraiser Celebration (Duke’s Malibu)
For more information please visit worldsurfingreserves.org.