March 29, 2012

Ocean Night, April 5

Join Humboldt Baykeeper, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Surfrider on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. for the premiere of the new award-winning surf documentary Splinters and an in-depth look at ocean protection during Ocean Night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

First, California’s Sea Change: A Network of Hope Spots. “Hope Spots” are special ocean places that are cause for hope in a time when the ocean faces many threats. In California’s Sea Change, marine biologist and ocean explorer Sylvia Earle discusses how California’s growing network of marine protected areas are a cause for hope. Following, Ocean Conservancy’s North Coast Coordinator Jennifer Savage will present a brief visual tour of proposed Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte marine protected areas.

Splinters, praised by ESPN for “reviving the surf film genre,” combines great on-wave action with high drama. Restricted by gender, culture and limited jobs, a unique group of athletes contests for a national championship as a ticket off the paradise of Papua New Guinea. A standout on the festival circuit since its Tribeca premiere, Filmmaker Magazine has called Splinters “engrossing and endlessly surprising.”

Ocean Night is an all-ages event. (Note: Splinters does contain some violence.) A donation of $3 is requested at the door. Films start at 7 p.m. A raffle takes place after the second movie.


March 29, 2012

Membership Drive!

Hey, you! Yes, you! You love long walks on the beach… the beauty of the waves… the majesty of the ocean and the amazing creatures who call it home. You care. And, hey! Your Humboldt Surfrider chapter also loves those things! And cares! So help us protect what we both think is worthy of protection – the beaches, waves and ocean – by joining Surfrider during our April membership drive.

Starting Monday, April 2 and running through Saturday, April 7, Humboldt Surfrider offers you great membership deals and advance tickets to our 2nd annual Beach Ball event. Are you due to renew? You can do that, too! Look out for what you love – support Humboldt Surfrider!

A new or renewing membership of $25 includes a free reusable bag, stickers and so much more.  Free coffee will be available for you drinking pleasure (mid-day events).  This is a zero waste effort so bring your own mug, or use one of ours but plan to drink your coffee with us.

April 2 Neighborhood Humboldt, Arcata Noon-2 p.m.
April 3 Arcata Co-op 4-7 p.m.
April 4 Flying Fish Boardworks, Eureka Noon-2 p.m.
April 5 Eureka Co-op 4-7 p.m.
April 6 Salty’s Surf, Skate and Tackle, Trinidad Noon-2 p.m.
April 7 Camel Rock 8-10 a.m.

March 24, 2012

Break-ins at Bay Street, end of the spit

(h/t LoCO):

Thieves smashed in the windows of three cars parked on the Samoa Peninsula yesterday, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, all around 10:15 a.m.

The first reported burglary took place down on the Bureau of Land Management property, south of the U.S. Coast Guard Station. The victim said she was about 100 yards from her unoccupied vehicle when she witnessed two male suspects, one wearing a red sweatshirt, smash the front window of her vehicle, and steal her black Hewitt Packard laptop and black iPod, both which she’d left on the front seat. The woman yelled at the suspects who then fled in a newer model grey Toyota pickup truck with an extended cab and a camper shell on the back.

Around the same time, the Sheriff’s office received two additional reports of vehicle burglaries on the peninsula. The second and third victim vehicles were parked in a turnout just south of the Fairhaven Power plant. Both cars had their windows smashed. Both victims reported being away from their vehicles during the same approximate 20-minute time period. One victim had her brown leather purse and wallet stolen. The other victim had a green North Face backpack stolen which contained the victims’ school books and related paperwork.

The Sheriff’s Office requests anyone seeing suspicious activity near vehicles parked on area beaches to call and report it. The public is also reminded to not leave valuables in their vehicles, especially in plain sight. Discreetly lock valuables in the trunk of your vehicle or take them with you when you walk on area beaches and trails. If your wallet or purse is stolen, immediately call your credit card company and/or banks. Thieves will usually try to use the cards as soon as possible before they are reported stolen and rendered useless.

Break-ins on the spit are not unusual, sadly. Has this happened to you? Thoughts on prevention? 

March 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Meeting Minutes! March 2012

March 13, 2012 Meeting Minutes 

The meeting was called to order with delicious brew at Humbrews in Arcata.

Officers Present:

Jen Savage – President

Scott Willits – Treasurer

Casey Schuetzle – Secretary

MJ Mazurek – Volunteer Coordinator

 Treasury Report

Scott Willits reported the books to be balanced at $3,851.00.  That balance includes the recent payment of $2000.00 to the Trinidad Land Trust for trail maintenance at Camel Rock, which Humboldt Surfrider is proud to support.   More funds are to be raised through Surfriders largest event of the year, co-hosted with Friends of the Dunes, the 2nd Annual Beach Ball on April 7th at Arcata Theater Lounge.

Rise Above Plastics/Ban the Bag Report

MJ Mazurek, volunteer coordinator and RAP leader, updated on the current status of the plastic bag ban efforts.  It is near the two-year anniversary since the launch of the campaign.  Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) is currently working on drafting a ‘buffet’ style ordinance that member cities and city councils (Arcata, Eureka, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Rio Dell, and unincorporated Humboldt County) can choose from to tailor fit a bag ban to each city.  Surfrider is continuing to build more support from the community through outreach and education from tabling at events.  Bag ban supporters will be needed to attend city council and county Supervisor meetings to voice their support for the bans.

Hold on to Your Butts Campaign

Surfrider has launched a new campaign!  Jen Savage, teamed up with The Tobacco Education Network, is leading Surfriders ‘Hold On To Your Butts’ campaign, which aims to eliminate cigarette litter in Humboldt County. Cigarette butts are the most littered item and often end up in drains, which flow to streams, rivers, bays, lagoons and ultimately, the ocean. To raise awareness, local filmmaker Malcolm DeSoto is finishing up a PSA filmed in an alley in Old Town Eureka featuring Andrew Goff, encompassing the campaigns message to not throw cigarette butts onto the ground.  Jen says the clip is “cute & clever.” There will be an additional PSA that is animated.  Unfortunately Jen wouldn’t disclose details of the video, but announced they will be featured at an upcoming Ocean Night.   Lou Moerner, from the Tobacco Education Network, said that after the cigarette cleanups she takes the collected cigarette butts to city council meetings to drive the message home on the problem of cigarette litter.  Surfrider will be researching Grant opportunities or looking for sponsorship from local bars to support education and outreach related to the campaign.

Cleanup Report

 A successful HWY cleanup for March was reported.  It was brought to attention of the membership that the creek running alongside Seawood Drive had several tires in it as well as other trash.  It was noted as a ‘Red flag’, and the appropriate organization (likely the County) will be contacted so that the trash can be safely removed and transferred to an appropriate waste facility.

Upcoming Events/Volunteer Opportunities for April

April 5th 6:30 Ocean Night

April 7th, 2nd Annual Beach Ball (Arcata Theater Lounge)

This collaborative fundraiser will support the important work of Surfrider Humboldt and Friends of the Dunes

April 2nd – 7th Membership Drive

April 2 — table at Eureka Co-op from 5-7pm

April 3 — table at Flying Fish from noon-2pm

April 4 — table at Arcata Co-op from 5-7pm

April 5 — table at the Neighborhood from noon-2pm

April 6 — table at Salty’s from noon-2pm

April 7 — table at Camel Rock from 8-10am

April 10 – Members Meeting 6pm (location to be announced)

April 21, 22nd — Humboldt Green Fest

April 22nd – Earth Day Beach Cleanup with our friends at Humboldt Baykeeper

Volunteers are needed for all of the above events.  Volunteering  gets you into events for free!  To volunteer at any event please email


March 12, 2012

Surfrider Meeting Tuesday March 13, 6pm at Humbrews

It’s time to meet up again!  The Surfrider committee is eager to meet chapter members new and old, and to share ideas on the coming months.  Surfrider has two positions open on the executive committee, Vice Chair and Volunteer Coordinator.  If you have any interest in being on the committee please come to tomorrows meeting, or email

Along with discussing current campaigns and programs, this months meeting we will address membership involvement.  Surfrider wants to hear how YOU would like be be apart of your local chapter.  We have some fun volunteer opportunity’s coming up!

Please come out and support your local chapter and have some beer!

March 2, 2012

Ocean Night, Thursday, March 8: Loose Change

Join Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper, Thursday, March 8 in the Arcata Theatre Lounge for Ocean Night. This month’s films are the PBS special Salmon: Running the Gauntlet and Taylor Steele’s surf classic, Loose Change. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all-ages with a $3 donation requested.

Salmon: Running the Gauntlet investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle. Each desperate effort to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks and farmed in pens. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

In Loose Change, acclaimed director Taylor Steele asks “What if the top pro surfers never started surfing?” The answers are as amusing as the surfing is amazing. Loose Change stars Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kelly Slater, Taylor Knox, Tim Curran, Dan Malloy, Chris Malloy, Keith Malloy, Kalani Rob, Conan Hayes, Bruce Irons and Taj Burrow.