November 28, 2011

Day Without A Bag!

Surfrider Humboldt and Humboldt Baykeeper are partnering to bring you Day Without (a disposable) Bag on 15 December at Wildberries, Ray’s Arcata, Ray’s McKinleyville, and Eureka Natural Foods.  Day Without a Bag was started by Heal the Bay with the goal of reducing the use of environmentally harmful single-use plastic bags by empowering individuals to take simple and direct actions to eliminate the use of disposable shopping bags.  Surfrider Humboldt and Humboldt Baykeeper will be encouraging shoppers to stop by our information booths and to bring in a t-shirt that we will make into a reusable bag.  Your new bag will then get screen printed with our Ban the Bag Humboldt logo.  A single reusable bag has the potential to replace over 1,000 single-use bags in its lifetime, saving a significant amount of resources. We hope this one day of action will encourage people to go plastic free during the holiday shopping season and throughout 2012.

You can help our effort in several ways:

  • Volunteer for the event
  • Volunteer for our pre-Day Without a Bag work party
  • Help provide or loan needed supplies for the event
    • Plywood to make into Ban the Bag boards
    • Blue and white paint and supplies
    • Extension cords
    • Heat guns to dry screen print
    • Donate T-shirts

Please contact for more information or to volunteer.

November 26, 2011

MINUTES of the Raucous November Meeting

The meeting was called to order in Humbrews main dining room due to “soundcheck” taking place in the side room for a show that night.  Owing to the best meeting attendance in recent memory,  it was determined to be a woefully inadequate location due to noise.  A replacement locale for future meetings will be sought.

Scott Willits gave a Treasury report, showing a balance of $6734.  Chapter shirts and hoodies are on order and have the new design by Sean Griggs.

M.J. explained the Rise Above Plastics program and spoke about a Core Volunteer training at a future meeting to train prospective volunteers to man the Surfrider table and sell gear.  Training shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes and would help new volunteers be more comfortable if they know what is expected.  Ban the Bag, needs volunteers.  Day Without A Bag, coming up on December 15,  will provide awareness and education about the Rise Above Plastics program.  Attendees will be able to bring a t-shirt and have it sewn into a shopping bag.  Hope is for three people to man each of four locations.  A work party to build “sandwich boards” and train for the event will take place on December 7 at Baykeeper HQ.  Students from local hIgh schools may be potential volunteers since most are required to do community service as part of mandatory Civics classes.

Jon Anderson brought up the Blue Water Task Force and encouraged us to return to plans for testing water quality in the bay.  “We have the money” and once intended to purchase lab equipment for testing.

Jen Savage has been working with Tobacco Free Humboldt and the need to curb cigarette butt litter and will work with the County and DA’s office.  Cigarette litter is the number one collected item during beach and coastal cleanups.

A reminder about upcoming events including the momentous planting of the sign at Camel Rock.  The erection of the sign has been in the works for a number of years but, with the help of the Trinidad Land Trust and Bill Hoopes, will finally be planted on Saturday.  All are invited to help.  The sign includes surf etiquette and admonitions to respect the beach as well as credit to Surfrider and the Land Trust.


  • November 10: Ocean Night at ATL
  • November 12: Highway Cleanup
  • November 12:  Sink the Camel Rock sign
  • December 7: Day Without A Bag volunteer training
  • December 9: Gear Swap and Christmas Party at Far North Climbing Gym
  • December 10: Beach cleanup at Mad River Beach
  • December 13: Regular meeting / location TBA

We will be going back to monthly meetings on the second Tuesday.  Location of the December meeting is TBA and will be announced on the blog and calendar.

Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Topping, Chapter Secretary

November 24, 2011

The Toxicity of Surfing

The eco-friendly surf shop Envirosurfer created this really interesting infographic showing the impacts of surfing products and how they may be harming our environment . Check it out and let us know what you think.

Surfing Infographic by Envirosurfer

Created by Envirosurfer: Eco-friendly Wetsuits & Surf Clothing.
November 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

New Research Reports Whales Find No Convenience from Plastic Bags

Research released by Environment Washington supports plastic bags as a contributor to the detriment of marine eco systems.  The report  says, “ In April 2010 a dead grey whale washed up on the beach in West Seattle.  It had 20 plastic bags in its stomach.”

Sad but not shocking after reading that less than 6% of the nations plastic bags are recycled, leaving the rest of these super inconvenient bags chillin in landfills and intoxicating the marine food web.  Find link to the full report here.

Plastic Bag Ocean

November 17, 2011

Wall Restored at Camel Rock


Camel Rock has been getting a lot of attention lately. Yesterday John Calkins and Mike Decarolis helped to rebuild the wall they installed eighteen years ago. Thanks to everyone who contributed, looks amazing!

November 16, 2011

Action Alert! Humboldt County Plastic Bag Ban

Humboldt County Plastic Bag Ban–Let’s get this moving!

Time to take action! Surfrider, Humboldt Chapter and Humboldt Baykeeper are working to support a COUNTY-WIDE PLASTIC BAG BAN.

It is estimated that 12 billion plastic bags are used annually in California and 3-5 million are used annually in Arcata. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP REDUCE THE PLASTIC TRASH FLOW FROM HUMBOLDT COUNTY INTO OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT? Volunteers are needed to help circulate petitions, attend local meetings, table at grocery stores and promote education and awareness of the environmental damage caused by disposable, single-use plastic bags.

To get involved REPLY TO You will be put on a Humboldt bag-ban specific listserv and contacted soon. If Los Angeles can ban the
single-use plastic bag so can we!

For a funny, yet poignant video on a plastic bag’s migration to the
ocean check out this video from Heal the Bay in Santa Monica.

November 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Salmon shark washes ashore on Samoa spit

Juvenile salmon shark

Sometimes mistaken for “baby great whites,” deceased juvenile salmon sharks wash up on our shores. This poor guy was spotted near the North Jetty today.

November 16, 2011

Sign’s Up! Showin’ Respects at Houda Point

Humboldt Surfrider is excited to announce that we have installed our sign at Houda Point/Camel Rock.  Accompanied with great fall weather, a handful of Surfrider and Trinidad Coastal Land Trust members and supporters came and grubbed out the grass, dug holes, and poured concrete all in efforts to get the sign installed.

Humboldt Surfrider is extremely appreciative to have the help of everyone who participated in making this happen. A big thanks goes out to Mark McClenden, owner of Flying Fish Surf Shop in Eureka, who donated his time to making the sign.
Keeping the waves and beach accessible and clean is very important to the Surfrider foundation.
Over the past year Trinidad Coastal Land trust, Humboldt Surfrider and California Conservation Corps have worked together to improve access to Camel Rock beach by collectively volunteering hundreds of hours to rebuild the main trail and cable steps leading down to the south beach.
What is the new sign for?   It honors all the hard work put into recent beach access improvements. It is an epic benchmark heading down to the beach reminding everyone to give their respects to our trails, beach and waves. Check out more pictures of the sign being installed  here.
November 14, 2011

Highway Cleanup Massive Success!

We want to extend a huge thanks to everyone that came out on Saturday morning to help out with our Adopt-A-Highway cleanup.  We would like to especially thank the Lost Bus boys, Ben, Derek and Chad for their enthusiastic participation. Our next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday 10 Dec on the beach.  Location will be determined soon.

To see more pictures visit our Surfrider Humboldt Chapter Facebook page.

November 7, 2011

Humboldt Surfrider November Events

Happy November!  Hope you are enjoying the beginning of the 2011/2012 winter
swell season.  Dust off those guns and start practicing your breathing
exercises for the big wave hold-downs!  Humboldt Surfrider has a lot going on this month and we hope to see you soon at one of our events.  To volunteer for any event, email

Humboldt Surfriders Members Meeting
6PM Tuesday Nov 8 at Humboldt Brews

First 2 pitchers of beer are FREE!  Join us to find out about our beach and
highway cleanups, water quality testing, our ‘Ban the Bag’ campaign and
much more!  Your ideas make our chapter stronger.

Ocean Night
6:30 PM Thursday Nov 10 at the Arcata Theater Lounge
Come hang with our friends at Humboldt Baykeeper and Ocean Conservancy
for a night of ocean environmental documentaries and epic surf flicks.
This month features the new Keith Malloy bodysurfing movie, Come Hell or
High Water. More details here.
We need volunteers to help out at the information table. Email to volunteer and receive discounts on Humboldt Surfrider merchandise.  You know you want a new hoodie!

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup
9 AM Saturday Nov 12
Meet on South-bound 101 on Seawood Dr. north of Trinidad.  We provide really cool vests, hard hats, pickers and bags. CANCELS in the event of dumping rain…otherwise we ride!  Email to volunteer.

Camel Rock Sign Dedication
11AM at Hooda Point overlook
Flying Fish owner Mark McClenden donated his time to create a beautiful sign in partnership with Humboldt Surfrider and the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. We’re looking forward to seeing it finally installed! Join the local crew to toast the occasion.

Have a moment? Let us know you’re attending so we can look forward to seeing you!

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