October 30, 2010 | 4 Comments

Keith Newcomer paddle-out

Per Rotch (thanks, Rotch!):

A paddle-out for Keith Newcomer takes place Sunday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the cove next to the Coast Guard Station at the end of the north spit.

Memorial takes place, 1 p.m., Arcata’s D Street Neighborhood Center.

October 29, 2010

PG&E ends Humboldt wave energy project

From today’s T-S:

The Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has announced that it is suspending its effort to develop a wave energy project off the coast of Humboldt County.

The utility cited “significant permitting challenges” and higher-than-expected projected costs. The proposed configuration and location of the project made it unviable, PG&E said in a statement.

The WaveConnect project was touted as first of its kind. PG&E wanted to test three to four different types of wave power generators in an area 1/2-mile wide and 2 miles long about 3 miles to sea roughly west of Arcata. The utility had said that intense wave activity off the Humboldt coast, and the chosen area’s proximity to a working harbor, made the site ideal.


October 28, 2010

Halloween gig this Saturday with Bucky Walters and the Absynth Quintet



Bucky Walters and The Absynth Quintet HALLOWEEN SHOW
8 p.m. – Midnight, Saturday, Oct. 30

Beer proceeds to benefit Humboldt Surfrider!

Volunteers needed! Email humboldt@surfrider.org!


$5/ $7 (no advance ticket sales – come at 7:30 p.m.!)

Volunteers get in free!

Redwood Raks Main Studio, 824 L Street, Arcata in the Old Creamery Building

It’s a fabulous, fun alliages Dia de los Muertos-themed Costume Party music and dance celebration!

October 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

ACTION ALERT: Attend a Rally Tomorrow! Contact officials! Help stop the U.S. Navy’s attempt to expand the NorthWest Training Range Complex

Join concerned citizens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27th at the Eureka Courthouse from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to protest the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC).

U.S. Navy Experimental Warfare Testing Programs were initiated in 2008, and will continue in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years.

The NWTRC proposal will extend the range down the Northern California coastline into Mendocino County. The U.S. Navy will be using live ordinance, long range sonar and has permission to incidentally kill marine life. It will affect all of us living on the coast as well as endangered species that live in our coastal region.For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition. You can also read the Navy’s Northwest Training Complex Environmental Impact Statement.

The deadline to act is October 31st!. Contact your representatives to request public comment with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Tell them we want a 60-day extension on public comment and a U.S. Congressional Hearing on the matter.

Call the Whitehouse at 202-456-1111, fax your letter to 202-456-2461, or email the President.

Congressman Mike Thompson can be reached at 202-225-3311 or fax your letter to 707-269-9598.


October 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Keith Newcomer (update)

As folks have likely heard, longtime Arcata resident and avid surfer/pilot Keith Newcomber died in a plane crash last Saturday, Oct. 16, along with his 7-year-old son.
News reports are in the Journal and in the Times-Standard.
A memorial service for Newcomer will be held on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at the D Street Neighborhood Center.

Thanks to Dave Struve for the photos. Anyone interested in or already organizing a paddle-out, please keep us in the loop via humboldt@surfrider.org.
A note from the photographer:
Thanks for posting the images of Keith Newcomer on your website. I am the photographer. My name is Gary Lynch. I lived in Humboldt from 1969 – 91. I was a friend of Tom Pratte’s and know Mark Massara well. I have many fond memories of the ‘early’ days of surfing Humboldt. Keith was one of my surfing buddies. Like many, we all respected Keith for his work in the community and his ability to become a successful businessman.
October 24, 2010

Found: Surfboard at Camel Rock

As seen on Craigslist and emailed to us:

Hey October 22nd in the evening, I saw you set your board down and change while I was getting ready to surf.
I went out and surfed till dark and when I came back your board was still there and you were long gone.
I am pretty sure I will recognize you, please contact me to reclaim your board.
When you reply tell me something about the board, brand or size so i know its really you.
rest assured I know what you look like so I wont give it to the wrong guy. 🙂

Hope to hear from you soon. email me or call : 707.633.4572
Please no spammers or scammers.


October 23, 2010

Surfrider and The Bag Monster speak to the Arcata City Council

Thanks to Laurie (a.k.a. the Bag Monster) and Larry who attended the Arcata City Council meeting to let our Councilmembers know how important we feel a single-use plastic bag ban is! You can watch their testimony from the October 20th meeting. It starts at 2:27:50.

You can let the councilmembers know how you feel about plastic bags at here.

October 20, 2010

Action Alert: Support A Local Plastic Bag Ban!

With the disappointing failure of a statewide plastic bag ban, the time has come to push for a local bag ban! We can make the change we want to see in the world. Surfrider will be presenting at this Wednesday’s Oct. 20th Arcata City Council meeting during the public comment period, and at the Tuesday, Nov. 2nd Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 a.m., and the more our representatives hear from you the more they will be inclined to push for a ban.

Please, contact your councilmembers and Supervisor to let them you are in support of a local plastic bag ban! And come out to the meetings to support our presentation.

Click here to submit an e-comment to the Arcata City Council. (Look for the eComment link next to the agenda.)

OR email each councilmember directly from their website.

Contact your Supervisor:
District 1: Jimmy Smith
District 2: Clif Clendenen
District 3: Mark Lovelace
District 4: Bonnie Neely
District 5: Jill Duffy

For more information, or to help, email Bean, Rise Above Plastics Coordinator.

The next regular Surfrider meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd at 6pm at the Plaza Grill Viewroom.

October 12, 2010

Update: new T-shirts, projects and more!

Happy Fall! Hope everyone’s enjoying the sunshine this week!

And when you’re out and about in the lovely days… or in a lovely daze, depending… don’t forget to represent! Currently at Greenhouse, we have the 2010 Matt Beard edition Ts and hoodies, with the 2011 Shawn Griggs version Ts on their way.

(We sure are lucky to have so many fine artists donating their work to Humboldt Surfrider – a shout out to 2009 artist Matt O’Brien, too, of course!)

In other news,

  • efforts to repair the pipeline to the Jetty shower are underway,

  • slow progress is being made on improvements at Moonstone and Camel Rock,

  • our Rise Above Plastics campaign is hitting back hard after California failed to ban single-use plastic bags,

  • we’re looking to partner with the Tobacco Education Network to end cigarette butt litter

  • and, of course, we continue to hold monthly film nights,

  • plus regular beach and highway clean-ups,

  • as well as pursue the best protection for our local ocean, beaches and waves.

    Not a member yet? JOIN! (Link goes to current Iron Surfer promotion page.)

    Already a member? A volunteer? A donor? A supporter? Any of all of the above – THANK YOU!

    As always, email humboldt@surfrider.org with any questions or to get more involved.

    See you at the beach!

  • October 12, 2010

    America moving on from oil spill?

    Coast abandoned?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — About 800 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Dave Edmonds is struggling to remind people about the BP oil spill.

    There aren’t many magazine covers with photos of oil-drenched birds now that BP has capped its massive gusher at the bottom of the sea. People aren’t looking online for information about the historic spill like they were a few weeks ago.

    So Edmonds, who lives on the Delaware coast, has started a nonprofit organization to keep the disaster on people’s minds with a website and social networking campaign.

    “Awareness has dropped. People don’t really care about the people who were affected. They don’t care about the fish life,” said Edmonds, founder of Taking Back the Gulf.

    More here.

    You can donate directly to Surfrider’s Emerald Coast chapter to assist in their water testing efforts here.