February 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

Tsunami advisory

Tsunami travel times

The 8.8 earthquake in Chile has triggered a tsunami advisory.

Numerous tsunami waves have been reported in the Pacific, with one reaching as high as 7.7 feet in the central Chile coastal town of Talcahuano, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Expected to arrive locally, at a height of about 1.5 feet, around 1:30 p.m.



NWS Tsunami Advisory

February 26, 2010 | 6 Comments

Artificial reef outside Humboldt Bay

Am following up on today’s story in the T-S about the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District (link and excerpt below).  Clearly the surf community should be part of this conversation.


Has the idea of creating an artificial reef just off Humboldt Bay to enhance sport fishing finally come of age?

It may be too early to tell, but harbor commissioners on Thursday night decided to apply for a state lease after a group of anglers put up half the application fee and announced they are ready to help make the reef happen. The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District staff will prepare a tideland lease application to the State Lands Commission for a one-square-mile area one mile northwest of the harbor entrance.

The Humboldt Offshore Reef Project would entail, as currently conceived, sinking a number of “reef balls,” cement and metal manufactured structures that would create habitat for rockfish over time.

”We think we can manufacture them ourselves and place them ourselves,” said Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers representative Casey Allen.

It’s possible that a ship — through a program called California Ships to Reefs — could be sunk in the area at a later date. Allen suggested that a partnership be developed in which the Harbor District handle paper work like permitting and environmental review, while HASA raises funds and does the physical work.

Allen presented the district with a $1,500 check to cover half of the initial application fee.

Harbor District Executive Officer David Hull said that the idea had its genesis in the 1980s, as salmon fishing became constrained. The California Department of Fish and Game chose a site for an artificial reef and dove the area, Hull said, but disagreement among charter fishermen at the time held up progress.

Hull said that the district — which has long supported the concept — would likely seek outside funding for its share of the work.

February 26, 2010

By the way, the Coast Guard is a freebie

Wondering if you should signal or accept help from the brave women and men in orange? Remember, they don’t charge you. Taxpayer-paid, baby. So if you’re sucked out to sea or otherwise in need of assistance and the Coasties show up with a helping hand – take it.

February 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

You’ve heard about the Pacific Gyre, now introducing, the Atlantic! (boo)

From Surfrider’s PDX compatriots:

Hey Oceansavas:

Lots more to come from my journey to the North Atlantic Gyre. Absolutely mindblowing experience. Seeing this stuff firsthand, in a liquid wilderness, and finding that it’s ubiquitous is a tough pill to swallow. We did 37 trawls for plastic fragments. Each positive. BLECK. Then the patches of crap….fish living in buckets…living in pipes…transparent jellyfish with plastic flecs inside…lighters, shotgun shells…bleach bottles with fish teeth marks…milk crates…….it’s all there….


February 25, 2010

T-S My Word on PG&E’s WaveConnect

Here. And below. (Remember, Humboldt Surfrider has two folks participating in the PG&E stakeholder group: the very competent Bill Lydgate and similarly smart Scott Willits!)

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February 24, 2010

‘Big Wednesday” and more! Saturday, March 13

Saturday, March 13, Humboldt Surfrider is having a membership drive at Arcata Theatre Lounge!

Featuring music by Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge, a showing of “Big Wednesday” and more!

Admission free with $25 “Beach in a Bag” new or renewing membership — get an individual Surfrider membership, plus a fabulous organic tote, plus bonus goodies inside!

Nonmembers pay $6. All ages!

Thanks to Greenhouse Boardshop, 104.3 KHUM and 94.1 KSLG!

February 24, 2010

Search suspended

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a suspected missing surfer in the vicinity of Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday morning.

The found kite sail.

A kite surfing sail was spotted in the water near Pilot Rock off of Trinidad at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and the Coast Guard immediately launched air and surface assets to search for anyone in the water that may have been kite surfing.

The Coast Guard remained in the area until 1:00 a.m. and then suspended the search. As of Wednesday morning, no surfers have been reported missing and no one has claimed ownership of the kite.

An official press release will be issued this afternoon.

February 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

Coast Guard seeking possible missing kite surfer

At approximately 4 p.m. today, the Coast Guard received a report of a kite surfing sail in the water off of Trinidad, Calif. The Coast Guard launched air and surface assets to the scene under the assumption that there was a person in the water connected with the kite.

As of 8:30 p.m. the Coast Guard is still searching the waters off of Trinidad.

The kite was manufactured by Slingshot and is orange with blue stripes.

With a wet suit, a person can survive for up to 17 hours at the current water temperature and Coast Guard units will continue to search until at least 9 a.m. tomorrow unless someone is found in the water or until someone can claim that the kite was theirs.

February 20, 2010 | 3 Comments

Surfing Dolphins

Every dolphin’s gone surfin’! Stunning pictures as hundreds play among some monster waves

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:41 PM on 17th February 2010

These huge breakers would put the fear of God into most surfers. But when you’re a dolphin, they can only mean one thing: Playtime.

Gliding effortlessly through the ocean these masters of the ocean made light work of waves up to 25 feet high.

In pods of up to 400, the creatures crowded into the swell of the water as it broke. And with seemingly little effort they tore through the surf, leaping high in the air as they went.
dolphins surf
Formation fins: The dolphins form a line as the wave builds up heading towards the shore in South Africa

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February 18, 2010

5 Gyres

plastic junk

5 Gyres Junk

Thought the Great Pacific Patch was our biggest plastic pollution problem?

Check out the new adventures of plastic foes.

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