July 30, 2011

FREE BEER! (aka Surfrider meeting Tuesday at Hum Brews)

It’s that time! Come on out to Humboldt Brewery this Tuesday night (Aug. 2) and find out what’s going on with Humboldt Surfrider, as well as how you can get involved. Meeting starts at 7 p.m.

First two pitchers on us.

Questions? Leave a comment or email humboldt@surfrider.org.


July 25, 2011

Stoked on sustainable surf gear

Check it: From wetsuits to wax, 9 high-tech products for sustainable surfing.

July 25, 2011

Surf movie for August Ocean Night? Help!

Hey, folks! What surf movie would you like to see for our next Ocean Night, which is Thursday, Aug. 4? Need to decide ASAP!


July 24, 2011

Meeting Minutes / June 2011

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Jen Savage, Colleen Clifford, Debbie Topping, Meri Wagy

Starting by introducing new Volunteer Coordinator, Meri Wagy, Jen Savage reported that she and Meri would be attending the Surfrider Conference in Ventura.

TREASURY:  In the absence of the Treasurer, Jen Savage reported the treasury balance (less the cost of beer for the evening’s meeting).

RAP:  Colleen Clifford reported that
•    The State Senate had passed SB568 which would prohibit the use of #6/polystyrene takeout containers.
•    The RAP group was working on developing a “leave-behind” card that could be left when you visit a restaurant that is either a positive affirmation of plastic avoidance OR a reminder to a restaurant who is not being conscientious about the use of single-use plastics.
•    HWMA is developing a bag ban but RAP is not on their agenda for June.  The Environment Impact Report is going out to bid.  Todd Cardiff, a San Diego lawyer, has offered his services pro-bona to any group trying to pass the bag ban and being threatened by the chemical industry.
•    Manhattan Beach vs. State of California went to the State Supreme Court on May 5 because Manhattan Beach did not commission an EIR prior to a bag ban.  The Court has 90 days to make a decision.
•    We have the Bag Monster on permanent loan from Chico Bags.

JETTY SHOWER: Jen Savage would follow-up with Scott Willets and Mark Lovelace regarding the leak in the pipe and repair of the leak.  She reiterated the symbolic importance of the shower due to its coming from proceeds of the original lawsuit against the LP and Simpson pulp mills in the early 90s.

TRINIDAD LAND TRUST: Surfrider and Trinidad Land Trust member Matt Malkus was present to request funds from Surfrider to replenish exhausted reserves.  The fund (used for maintenance of beach access trails at Moonstone, Lufenholtz, Martin Creek, etc) is down to $300 which Humboldt Area Foundation is allowing to stay active in spite of balance below minimum.  The Land Trust and Surfrider have similar goals which include maintaining beach access.  Work needs to be done on the upper trail as well as replacing the cable on the south trail.  The Trust will invite Surfrider to join a work party in the near future.

With four of six Board members present, a motion was made to make a $2000 donation, contingent on the installation of the “Etiquette Sign” at Camel Rock.
M/S/A            Savage/Topping/Unanimous

Also discussed was the cost to run the shower at Moonstone Beach.  Cost is $800 per month to run the pump to provide water to the shower.  The parking lot is in need of surfacing and a fundraiser was suggested to raise $5,000 to gravel the lot.  The idea of partnering with Cher-Ae Heights Rancheria was suggested with a fundraiser suggested to be held at the Casino due to their proximity to the area.

Meri brought up the following dates:
•    Saturday, June 18: Oyster Fest (Bag Monster appearance?
•    Sunday, June 19: International Surf Day beach cleanup at Samoa Beach
•    Monday, June 20, showing of “Surfs Up” at ATL
•    Thursday, July 7, Ocean Night.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15. The next meeting is scheduled for August 2.

Respectfully Submitted,  Debbie Topping, Chapter Secretary

July 14, 2011

California Supreme Court rules in fight over plastic bags

from the Sacramento Bee:

Anti-plastic-bag forces got a boost today when the California Supreme Court ruled that an environmental impact report is not necessary before a city or county bans the use of plastic shopping bags.

The decision strikes down rulings by trial and appellate courts in Los Angeles in the legal fight over an ordinance enacted in 2008 by the south coastal city of Manhattan Beach banning “point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags.”

Both courts said the city had to prepare an EIR before implementing its ban.

“We disagree,” a unanimous Supreme Court stated. “Substantial evidence and common sense support the city’s determination that its ordinance would have no significant environmental effect.”

Therefore, the court added, the city’s unilateral declaration of no negative impact “was sufficient to comply with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.”

In the much-anticipated opinion, the high court, as did the two lower courts, upheld the right of a group of manufacturers and distributors called Save The Plastic Bag Coalition to sue Manhattan Beach over the ordinance.

The court said it disapproves of a 2000 state appellate decision holding that corporations are subject to heightened scrutiny when they file citizen suits. Besides, the justices added, Save The Plastic Bag Coalition, “which represents businesses directly affected by the Manhattan Beach ordinance, has standing in its own right to challenge the city’s analysis of environmental impacts.”

The case has been closely watched by numerous California cities and counties that have or are considering similar measures. San Francisco led the way in 2007 with the nation’s first citywide ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags at supermarkets and chain drugstores.

July 13, 2011

Ocean news: Saving whales, expanding oil drilling, boosting wind energy, watching beaches vanish


Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. Gershon Cohen and he have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to help and protect whales. Visit their website www.eii.org/gwc/, facebook page, and join them in helping to save these magnificent beings.

Obama moves to streamline oversight of Alaska drilling

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on federal agencies to better coordinate Alaska oil and gas permitting and other regulatory oversight as the industry looks to expand operations in the Arctic and as environmentalists ramp up their opposition. 

Full story here.

U.S. Closer to Allowing Wind Farms Off Atlantic

The U.S. Interior Department expects little environmental impact from testing the feasibility of wind farms off the coast of four Atlantic coast states, according to a draft document released Monday. The findings, which could be changed after the department reviews public comments, are an indication that the agency may be prepared to lease the areas for wind development without a more lengthy environmental review.

Full story here.

Italy’s elite are dismayed by vanishing beaches

The high cost and exclusive nature of Italy’s best beaches cause regular disputes, but accelerating coastal erosion means some of them are now disappearing altogether.

Full story here.

July 8, 2011

Ocean Night this Saturday night at ATL!

Following up on their Peabody-winning documentary, the King Corn boys are back. Check out their latest documentary, Big River, on Saturday, July 9 at Ocean Night, a monthly movie event sponsored by Humboldt Surfrider, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper.

Big River

Best friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis have returned to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has sent to the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, Ian and Curt trade their combine for a canoe – and set out to see the big world their little acre of corn has touched.

On their trip, flashbacks to the pesticides they sprayed, the fertilizers they injected and the soil they plowed now lead to new questions, explored by new experts in new places. Half of Iowa’s topsoil, they learn, has been washed out to sea. Fertilizer runoff has spawned a hypoxic “dead zone” in the Gulf. And back at their acre, the herbicides they used are blamed for a cancer cluster that reaches all too close to home. (Run time: 27 minutes.)

Also showing, Rob Machado’s Melali. While wandering through Indonesia filming the award-winning surf movie The Drifter, Machado, one of the most stylish and skilled wave riders of our time, met up with various friends for surf sessions on the best waves the islands had to offer. Melali returns to the fundamentals of surf cinematography by focusing on the surfing experience, the artful relationship between man and surf, and the sharing of this experience with good friends.


Joining Machado at the finest surfing locales Indonesia has to offer are Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater, Kalani Robb, Shane Dorian, Dan Malloy, Mike Losness, Marlon Gerber and Rizal Tanjung.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m. 

Ocean Night is all ages with a $3 donation requested and a raffle held between movies. For more information, see surfrider.org/humboldt or humboldtbaykeeper.org.