August 27, 2011

board lost? board found!

A “super sweet” board and bag have been found. Contact to describe and claim!

August 25, 2011

Coast Guard saves vessel from North Jetty rocks

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay rescued one person and his boat after it was pushed against the North Jetty rocks near the Humboldt Bay entrance, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2011.

Press release:

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Humboldt Bay towed a fishing vessel to safety this morning in dense fog off the jetty rocks at the Humboldt Bay entrance.

The 20-foot fishing vessel ran out of gas and was pushed against the jetty rocks by the incoming swell.  The Coast Guard was notified of the distress by Johnny’s Marina, who was temporarily in communication with the vessel. The rescue crews immediately launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the distressed boat.

A Coast Guard ground party assisted the fishing vessel’s owner to shore from the rocks as the rescue boats arrived on scene. The fishing vessel did not experience significant structural damage, and the Coast Guard waited until the incoming tide lifted the boat enough to tow it clear of the rocks and to Woodley Island.

The Coast Guard often depends on good Samaritans to assist in times of distress. Anytime you see or hear a mariner in distress please do not hesitate to contact the Coast Guard on channel 16 or by calling 707-839-6100. Additionally, mariners are always reminded to have the proper safety gear before getting underway. Having the life jackets, flares, and a properly working radio will help during a time of distress.

August 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

What will we do without free plastic bags?!

Here’s some decidedly entertaining ideas:



August 5, 2011

Tuesday clean-up: Help keep butts out of the ocean!

From our friends at Tobacco Free Humboldt:

Come out and join the fun next Tuesday afternoon on the Arcata Plaza.

Tuesday August 9th

1:00-4:00 P.M.

Tobacco Free Humboldt and United Indian Health Services are cleaning up the Arcata Plaza. We will carefully document the number and location of all those little packets of toxins we call Cigarette Butts. The data will be shared with our community and can really make a difference in creating a cleaner, healthy environment for us all. S

Watch the video made by our partners at Northern California Indian Development Council to learn more about how these surveys work to make a difference!

August 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

Rocks taken from Houda Point improvement project

Don Allan of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust left the following comment, but it needs its own post. Please read and help if you can. Also covered on KHUM’s Coastal Currents: listen here.

I would like to leave a post – but it’s not related to Ocean Night – not seeing a way to send an email or contact you otherwise, I am replying here.  My comment/ post is in regard to Houda Point (aka Camel Rock), one of the most popluar surfing locations on the North Coast (and featured in two of the photos on the Ocean Night page).  Houda Point is owned by the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT, formerly the Humboldt North Coast Land Trust).  Last December we started performing maintenance at Houda Point, thanks to a $2,000 donation from Humboldt Surfrider and an inkind donation of over $10,000 worth of labor from the California Conservation Corps.  TCLT current and former board members and friends have volunteerd an additional 100 hours to re-build the main trail (where County road runoff blew out the top of the trail), re-build the cable steps to the south beach, and dismantle the rock wall at the overlook.  The rock wall repair was needed because the slope below had moved,

causing a big crack in the patio and rock wall which sits directly over the trail.  We stockpiled the rock, intending to re-build the wall about 5 feet back from the edge of the bluff, where the ground is more stable.  We decided to re-build it in summer when we had a good window of dry weather to let the mortar dry. We started making plans to re-build the wall in early August but unfortunately someone, within the last month, removed our stock-piled rock. It would have taken considerable effort to haul the rock (about a ton and a half’s worth) up to Scenic Drive and load it into a truck – and several hours.  If anyone saw somone removing the rock, please contact me. Perhaps someone thought it was surplus rock, or perhaps someone had a landscaping project and just wanted some rock.  You can buy rock for about $20 per ton so the monetary loss wasn’t great, but it’s a major hassle to replace. We’re an all-volunteer board and just taking care of basic maintenance is challenging enough.
When someone takes our rock, it’s a major bummer, and a lot of extra work.

To make matters worse, someone also vandalized the interpetive sign next to the overlook.  The high-pressure laminate sign, which costs about $400 to fabricate and several times that to design and install, was pried out of the faux-bedrock pedestal.  This is just malicious vandalism.  I know that nobody associated with Surf Rider would do this, but if anyone saw anyhting, please let us know.

Don Allan,
Vice-President, TCLT

August 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

Agenda for tonight’s meeting @ Humbrews

Here are a few of the items we will discuss at tonight’s regularly irregular Surfrider meeting, August 2 at Hum Brews:

  • RAP (that’s Rise Above Plastics) and its progress
  • Jetty Shower (is it really missing?)
  • Camel Rock webcam (do we love it or hate it….or both?)
  • Beach/Highway cleanups  (we’re keeping trash out of the ocean by collecting it BEFORE it gets to the beach… but we need more help)


  • Stockwell memorial installation (it’s the least we can do)
  • Hold on to your butts (the stinky tobacco kind, too)


  • Tuesday, Aug. 2, regular meeting
  • Thursday, Aug. 4, Ocean Night
  • Friday, Aug. 5, S4P fundraiser
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, Ocean Night
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, Surf 4 Peace
  • Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 17/18, North Country Fair (Sept. 17 is also Coastal Clean-up Day)

Hope to see you there.  Remember, the first two pitchers are on us!

Debbie Topping, Chapter Secretary

August 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Ocean Night! ‘Stoked and Broke’ + The Van Duzen Watershed Project

The Van Duzen River

Humboldt’s own Van Duzen river fills the Arcata Theatre Lounge‘s big screen on Thursday, Aug. 4 for the monthly Ocean Night event.

The Van Duzen Watershed Project was conceived by Sal Steinberg and Paul Trichilo in 2005. As coordinator of Friends of the Van Duzen, Steinberg was concerned about the decline of salmon in the Van Duzen River. Trichilo has been a lifelong advocate of salmon, rivers and watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. In an effort to learn more about their local streams, a monitoring program was developed and in 2006, a three-year project was funded to quantify water quality, salmon habitat and upslope conditions. This project culminated in a Watershed Management Plan for the Lower Van Duzen River Basin. More information available at

Rounding out the night is the “Staycation Surfari Epic on Zero Dollars” surf flick Stoked and Broke. Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton set off on a 30-mile, eight-day walk through San Diego. But what begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey quickly becomes an examination of freedom vs. alienation.

Ocean Night is an all-ages event hosted by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. and a raffle takes place after the second film. Donations appreciated.