March 2006 Surfrider Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2006 issue of the Surfrider Foundation eNews USA, an email newsletter from the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit, coastal environmental organization at www.surfrider.org. The Surfrider Foundation National Office, with Jim Moriarty asExecutive Director, produces the eNews. Mark Babski, mbabski@surfrider.org, is the editor. For more news, see Surfrider Foundation’s Coastal News web page.

Surfrider Foundation Wins Ponte Vedra, Florida Beach Access Battle
Beachgoers will find it easier to get to Ponte Vedra Beach following a ruling in the Florida Seventh Circuit Court this month. Ponte Vedra includes approximately seven miles of beachfront that has long been known for its blocked public access paths, which are often obstructed by local residents in a thinly veiled effort to keep this public beach private. Ending a three-year effort by Surfrider Foundation, the court handed down a favorable decision and has ordered the obstructions removed. Read Surfrider’s press release.

SAVE TRESTLES Campaign Update: A Big Day for Surfrider!
Well…March 23, 2006 was certainly a HUGE day for Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles campaign!! The day started off early in Sacramento with a media release announcing that State Attorney General Bill Lockyer has joined the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental organizations in filing suit against the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) to block the construction of the 241 Foothill South Toll Road. Meanwhile 400 miles to the south, Surfrider Foundation’s South Orange County Chapter organized a protest rally around an afternoon appearance by United States Congressman Ken Calvert at the San Clemente Community Center. Approximately 50-70 activists were on hand to demonstrate their opposition to Rep. Calvert’s ongoing support for the TCA’s planned extension to the 241 Foothill South toll road. Read more from Surfrider’s SAVE TRESTLES update. Also see the SAVE TRESTLES web site.

Tell VA Governor to Veto Bill Promoting Offshore Drilling
We all know our federal government, led by former oil industry executives, are trying hard to open up our coastal waters to new offshore drilling. The coast off of Virginia is being targeted now and, unfortunately, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill, SB 262, that supports lifting a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. In response, the Surfrider Foundation Virginia Beach Chapter, the Sierra Club, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society have kicked off a campaign to keep oil and gas drilling from being allowed off the Virginia coast. Among other things, this new campaign is urging Virginia’s Governor Timothy Kaine to veto SB 262. Take action by going to Surfrider’s special ACTION ALERT page to send a message to Gov. Kaine. More info from the Surfrider Foundation Virginia BeachChapter site and the PilotOnline.com article.

Surfrider Foundation Hires International Relations Manager
The Surfrider Foundation announced that it has hired Karen Kaimalie (Lia) Colabello as its new International Relations Manager. This position is among Surfrider Foundation’s first full-time staff hires to focus on areas outside of the U.S., which reflects our efforts to address the growing interest from international communities that want to adopt Surfrider Foundation’s core mission of protecting oceans, waves and beaches. Colabello’s love for the ocean environment started at a young age. She grew up on Oahu’s North Shore and became immersed by the ocean and all it has to offer. An avid surfer and water sports enthusiast, Colabello has worked extensively throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe in government relations, business and sports event management. She is also an active member of the Surfrider Foundation in the Los Angeles area, and was on the Malibu Chapter Executive Committee for several years. Read the rest of Surfrider Foundation’s press release.

5700 Sciensts Sign Letter Urging US Senate to Support Endangered Species Act
5,700 scientists in the biological sciences have signed a letter urging our U.S. Senators to support the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The letters from the scientists were hand delivered to all 100 Senators. The ESA is up for reauthorization in Congress this year, and the ESA is one of the most important cornerstones of our environmental laws. The ESA needs strengthening, not weakening, and is the main law offering any kind of protection for our beloved and endangered sea turtles, whales, sea birds and other coastal flora and fauna. Of great concern is an anti-ESA bill in the House of Representatives that would effectively eliminate all working provisions of the ESA. Contact your US Congressional representatives (here are Senators contact info and House Members contact info) and let them know what you think about protecting endangered wildlife. More info.

Most Major Facilities Violate Clean Water Act Laws
After obtaining government compliance documents thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has compiled a report documenting the Clean Water Act violations (under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) of our large corporations and municipalities in 2003 and 2004. A shocking 62% of large industrial facilities and municipalities’ waste water facilities dump more pollution into our coastal and inland waterways than the Clean Water Act laws allow. Many facilities are repeat, egregious offenders.

Surfrider Foundation/Surfline/Billabong 7,500th Member Celebration and Special Membership Signup Promotion
The Surfrider Foundation is gearing up to celebrate the 7,500th member signed up through their long-running promotional partnership with Billabong and Surfline, the world’s leading wave forecasting web site.
As part of the promotion, surfers and other beach enthusiasts can join or renew their Surfrider Foundation membership while signing up for Surfline’s premium services at the same time. In addition to daily surf reports, Surfline’s premium members have access to over 80 live streaming cams, accurate long-range forecasts, tools to help score the best waves like LOLA, the world’s most advanced swell-model and 10% discounts in the Surfline store.
Surfline and the Surfrider Foundation expect to reach their 7,500th member milestone sometime in 2006, and are celebrating by teaming up with Billabong to offer a host of special prize packages. The lucky 7,500th person to sign up for a Surfline/Surfrider membership will receive a state-of-the-art Billabong Solution 3/2 wetsuit, a Surfrider Foundation gift package (sweatshirt, long sleeve T, short sleeve T, beanie, Monopoly Surfing Edition and 2006 Global Surf calendar) and a copy of Surfline’s California Surf Guide, by Sean Collins. Additionally, all current Surfline/Surfrider partnership members will qualify for a random drawing to win one of four prizes, including one of Andy Irons’ personal surfboards — hand signed by the 3x world champ himself, Billabong boardshorts, and other prizes.
“The membership program with Surfline is our most successful program to date,” says Surfrider Foundation Membership Director Jenna Holland. “I can’t think of a better way for a true beach and surf enthusiast to support the Foundation.”

International Surfing Day is Coming!
Don’t miss out on participating in the 2nd Annual International Surfing Day, June 21st 2006. On this day, surfers all over the world unite to celebrate the sport of surfing. For those of us living above the equator, it’s the longest day of the year – so there’s no excuse for not paddling out there and getting wet. International Surfing Day is also a great opportunity for all of us to give something back to our Mother Ocean. As such, the Surfrider Foundation and its network of grassroots chapters and international affiliates will be hosting over 30 beach clean-up events across the United States and throughout the globe. International Surfing Day is presented by Surfing Magazine, Billabong, Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, Kustom, Von Zipper and the Surfrider Foundation.

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd to Co-Chair This Year’s Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam
Surfrider Foundation’s Celebrity Surf Jam once again returns to the world famous Huntington Beach Pier on June 10th, 2006! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event that pits teams comprised of top pro surfers, various celebrities from the world of music, film, television and sport, and Surfrider Foundation activists from across the country against one another in the National Surf League’s incredible “GAME” format. Joining last year’s event chairs X-Games commentator Sal Masekela and professional surfer Pat O’Connell, will be Incubus singer Brandon Boyd. Brandon, along with Incubus band mate Mike Einziger, Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg, Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano and pro surfers Rob Machado, Tim Curran and Dane Reynolds all helped to make last year’s event a real nail biter — with the Silver Team taking the win by holding off a last second charge by Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth. Which pros, celebs and chapter activists will lay claim to this year’s Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jamtitle? You’ll have to log on to http://www.surfrider.org/surfjam to find out! Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam is presented by Op, adidas and FedEx.

Body Glove, Adio, Oakley and ASG Team Up to Save Trestles
The west coast contest season kicks off this month with the Body Glove Surfbout presented by Adio taking place at Lower Trestles on April 25-29, 2006. This event is not only a premier WQS event, it is the first stop on the Macy’s Trifecta Surf Series. Trestles will also play host to the Oakley Pro Junior on April 27-29th. As most of you know, the surf breaks at Trestles are being threatened by a proposed toll road project through nearby San Mateo Creek. In response Body Glove, Adio, Oakley and Primedia’s Action Sports Group have banded together to create an incredible online auction to help raise funds for the Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles Campaign. Starting in late April, visitors to the Body Glove Surfbout web site will be able to bid on four spectacular auctions including signed surfboard packages from World Champion surfer CJ Hobgood, WCT pros Chris Ward and Tim Curran, and star of WB’s Boarding House Holly Beck. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles campaign.

Coastal Factoid of the Month
Study Shows the Obvious: Personal Watercraft Negatively Impact the Coastal Environment
“Recently, the National Park Service released an environmental study of the use of personal watercraft (or “jetskis”) at Padre Island. The study shows that jetskis impact air and water quality, natural sounds, wildlife and visitor safety and enjoyment of Padre Island.” – excerpt from the Friends of the Earth web page.
See Surfrider Foundation’s current Coastal Factoid, usually updated 5 days per week.

END NOTES:
Surfrider Foundation Blog: Check out the Surfrider Foundation blog. News and views from the Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider Foundation job opening: Washington State Field Coordinator position is available. Responsibilities: Work under the supervision of the Director of Chapters to build and support the chapter network and membership within the region. More info and how to apply.
You can become a Surfrider Foundation member by signing up online at our easy, secure Membership signup page at http://www.surfrider.org/join. Make a real difference for your local beaches and volunteer your time at one of Surfrider Foundation’s 60 Chapters located along the U.S. coast. How to get started? See the Surfrider Foundation Chapters page for Chapter contact and meeting info.

Surfrider Member Benefits:
Being a member of Surfrider Foundation has greatbenefits across the United States and throughout the globe. International Surfing Day is presented by Surfing Magazine, Billabong, Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, Kustom, Von Zipper and the Surfrider Foundation.

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd to Co-Chair This Year’s Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam
Surfrider Foundation’s Celebrity Surf Jam once again returns to the world famous Huntington Beach Pier on June 10th, 2006! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event that pits teams comprised of top pro surfers, various celebrities from the world of music, film, television and sport, and Surfrider Foundation activists from across the country against one another in the National Surf League’s incredible “GAME” format. Joining last year’s event chairs X-Games commentator Sal Masekela and professional surfer Pat O’Connell, will be Incubus singer Brandon Boyd. Brandon, along with Incubus band mate Mike Einziger, Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg, Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano and pro surfers Rob Machado, Tim Curran and Dane Reynolds all helped to make last year’s event a real nail biter — with the Silver Team taking the win by holding off a last second charge by Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth. Which pros, celebs and chapter activists will lay claim to this year’s Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jamtitle? You’ll have to log on to http://www.surfrider.org/surfjam to find out! Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam is presented by Op, adidas and FedEx.

Body Glove, Adio, Oakley and ASG Team Up to Save Trestles
The west coast contest season kicks off this month with the Body Glove Surfbout presented by Adio taking place at Lower Trestles on April 25-29, 2006. This event is not only a premier WQS event, it is the first stop on the Macy’s Trifecta Surf Series. Trestles will also play host to the Oakley Pro Junior on April 27-29th. As most of you know, the surf breaks at Trestles are being threatened by a proposed toll road project through nearby San Mateo Creek. In response Body Glove, Adio, Oakley and Primedia’s Action Sports Group have banded together to create an incredible online auction to help raise funds for the Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles Campaign. Starting in late April, visitors to the Body Glove Surfbout web site will be able to bid on four spectacular auctions including signed surfboard packages from World Champion surfer CJ Hobgood, WCT pros Chris Ward and Tim Curran, and star of WB’s Boarding House Holly Beck. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Surfrider Foundation’s Save Trestles campaign.

Coastal Factoid of the Month
Study Shows the Obvious: Personal Watercraft Negatively Impact the Coastal Environment
“Recently, the National Park Service released an environmental study of the use of personal watercraft (or “jetskis”) at Padre Island. The study shows that jetskis impact air and water quality, natural sounds, wildlife and visitor safety and enjoyment of Padre Island.” – excerpt from the Friends of the Earth web page.
See Surfrider Foundation’s current Coastal Factoid, usually updated 5 days per week.

END NOTES:
Surfrider Foundation Blog: Check out the Surfrider Foundation blog. News and views from the Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider Foundation job opening: Washington State Field Coordinator position is available. Responsibilities: Work under the supervision of the Director of Chapters to build and support the chapter network and membership within the region. More info and how to apply.
You can become a Surfrider Foundation member by signing up online at our easy, secure Membership signup page at http://www.surfrider.org/join. Make a real difference for your local beaches and volunteer your time at one of Surfrider Foundation’s 60 Chapters located along the U.S. coast. How to get started? See the Surfrider Foundation Chapters page for Chapter contact and meeting info.

Surfrider Member Benefits:
Being a member of Surfrider Foundation has greatbenefits! Check out these offers from: Surfline, Surfer’s Path and from Surfrider Foundation Retail Members all over the U.S.! As a Surfrider Foundation member, you’re alsoeligible to join Western Federal Credit Union. Western’s products and services include low rate loans, checking accounts, Online Banking with FREE Bill Pay, convenient account access at 19 branches, over 1,450 CU Service Centers® Network locations, and over 19,000 FREE CO-OP ATMs. To take advantage of this great benefit, visit http://www.western.org.

Don’t Forget About Employee Matching Gifts:
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your company’s human resources department or contact us at membership@surfrider.org and tel. 949-492-8170. Most companies match dollar for dollar, and some will double or triple match donors’ gifts. If your gift is eligible, simply request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it – completed and signed – along with your gift, to:
Surfrider Foundation-Director of Development
PO Box 6010
San Clemente, CA 92674.nefits! Check out these offers from: Surfline, Surfer’s Path and from Surfrider Foundation Retail Members all over the U.S.! As a Surfrider Foundation member, you’re alsoeligible to join Western Federal Credit Union. Western’s products and services include low rate loans, checking accounts, Online Banking with FREE Bill Pay, convenient account access at 19 branches, over 1,450 CU Service Centers® Network locations, and over 19,000 FREE CO-OP ATMs. To take advantage of this great benefit, visit http://www.western.org.

Don’t Forget About Employee Matching Gifts:
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your company’s human resources department or contact us at membership@surfrider.org and tel. 949-492-8170. Most companies match dollar for dollar, and some will double or triple match donors’ gifts. If your gift is eligible, simply request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it – completed and signed – along with your gift, to:
Surfrider Foundation-Director of Development
PO Box 6010
San Clemente, CA 92674.