April 30, 2012

Trinidad kicks off Ocean Week with Watershed Night, fun, art

From our friends in Trinidad:

Trinidad Bay Watershed Night will be held at the Trinidad Town Hall on Friday May 18th, 2012 from 6 to 9pm.  This casual event is a great way to connect with or meet new colleagues, volunteers, and friends. This event highlights and celebrates the efforts of local groups and agencies within the Trinidad Watersheds to maintain and improve our coastal waters and communities through poster displays and a slideshow.  Refreshments and beverages will be served.  This family friendly evening also includes a collection of artwork from Trinidad Elementary students and precedes our local Ocean Week.

Trinidad Bay Watershed Night 2012 Call for Posters

April 19, 2012

Surfrider April Meeting Minutes 2012

April Meeting Minutes 2012

The meeting was called to order at Humbrews in Arcata on April 8, 2012.

Officers Present:

Jen Savage – Chair

Scott Willits – Treasurer

Casey Schuetzle – Secretary

MJ Mazurek – Volunteer Coordinator

Treasury Report

Scott Willits reported the balanced at $2,008.58.  The current balance does not include recent funds raised from the week membership drive and the Beach Ball 2. 

Beach Ball 2

Jen Savage reported the Beach Ball 2 as a successful evening for everyone involved.  We had a variety of people who came to check it out and a ton of local support provided from volunteers to raffle donors.  What a fun evening!  Some of our major donations for the raffle came from the Nighborhood, Arcata Photo, Flying Fish Surf Shop, Patagonia,  Vintage Avenger The Tides Inn, Praxis Fitness, Justine Caywood CMT, Casey Skin Care Studio, Wood Foot Surfcraft,  Revolution Bicycle,  and Kayak Zacks.  THANK YOU!

Check out the Surfboard that was donated from the Neighborhood for the raffle!

Membership Drive

The membership drive was also a complete success.  We are 10 new members shy of our goal, but Surfrider Humboldt is still stoked to announce 33 new members have joined!  Outreach was also a key factor during the membership drive.  Folks learned about the programs and campaigns Surfrider is currently doing and the all the recent work we supported at Camel Rock through the Trinidad Land Trust.  Surfrider will be hosting another membership drive next year to boost more membership sign ups.  Currently there are 150 previous members and 33 new/renewing members; this includes only 8 in Trinidad!  Expanding membership is a big priority.  Memberships are helpful for greater political pull, provide support for programs/campaigns, and keep people involved within the chapter.  Surfrider Humboldt currently has a position open on the executive committee for Vice Chair.  Anyone interested in becoming VC should be prepared to invest time in outreach and building membership for the chapter.  A big thanks to KHUM, and Mike Dronkers from the Surfrider executive committee for ramping up the membership drive on the radio!

Bag Ban Update!

Surfrider volunteer coordinator and MJ Mazurek and Vanessa Vaquez of Humboldt Baykeeper are scheduled to meet with HWMA representative Brent Whitener on Thursday the 19th of April to discuss status of the bag ban ordinance.  When MJ will reports  back about the meeting we will update you!

 Hold onto Your Butts Campaign

Jen reported on the number one most littered item, cigarette butts.  A PSA has been created to raise awareness on the issue of cigarette butt litter.  Check out the video here! The next plan of action for “Hold on to Your Butts Campaign” will be a ground-up approach though education by putting posters near smoking areas at bars that warn of the far-reaching damage cigarette litter causes.

Cleanup Report/Earth Day!

The next cleanup is a collaborative effort with Green Week, Humboldt Baykeeper and Tobacco Education Network in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 at the North Jetty from 10am – 1pm.  It gets even better!! Los Bagels has sponsored our cleanup and is providing Bagels and Coffee, and the Tobacco Education Network has free t-shirts.  We are encouraging volunteers to bring either a re-useable bag or five gallon buckets for picking up trash along with re-useable gloves in effort to create less waste.  During the meeting Beth Werner from Humboldt Bay keeper mentioned that Les Schwab tire center offers recycling for tires collected on the beach.  We also hope to get rid of the oversized beige couch that has been hanging out on the dunes near Bay Sreet.

Post-Meeting Volunteer Training

After the meeting, MJ trained future volunteers on how to do outreach for Surfrider Humboldt.  She also shared her expertise on how to screen print for Ban the Bag events, and how to make re-useable bags out of old t-shirts.


Upcoming Events April/May

April 22nd 10am-1pm Earth Day Beach Cleanup at the North Jetty

May 3rd 6:30pm Ocean Night featuring Ocean Frontiers

May 12th 10 – 11:30am HWY 101 cleanup Seawood Drive Exit North of Trinidad.


To volunteer at any event please email Humboldt@surfrider.org

April 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

Ray’s McKinleyville – No more single-use plastic bags at checkout!

Great news!  Ray’s McKinleyville has stopped offering plastic bags at checkout!  AWESOME!  This voluntary change in bag policy, if successful, will be adopted at other stores.  So far Ray’s McKinleyville shows a decrease in bag costs since consumers are bringing their own bags.  Let’s all let Ray’s McKinleyville know we are stoked with this new policy.  Call the store (839-4413) or stop by and give your thanks.  Way to go Ray’s McKinleyville!  (Wonder if the Day Without a Bag event was a helpful factor?)



April 9, 2012

Members Meeting/Volunteer Training Tuesday Night 6PM

Ever wondered how you could become more active in the protection of our oceans, waves, and beaches? Join Surfrider Humboldt for their monthly meeting Tuesday evening, April 10, 6pm – 730pm at Humbrews in Arcata.  This month Surfrider will discuss the plastic bag ban, Earth Day beach cleanup, and upcoming events.  Directly following the meeting will be volunteer training which includes screen printing the “Bag Ban” logo so remember to bring some t-shirts! Oh, and Free beer on us! Nice!

April 5, 2012

Aspiring Actors Wanted!

Aspiring actors needed to take on the role of ‘Bag Monster‘ this Saturday at Arts Alive in Eureka (6-8 p.m.) and at the Beach Ball 2, Arcata Theater Lounge (8-10 p.m.). Make this character come alive! Participants receive free schwag from Surfrider and Friends of the Dunes.

Suggested monologues:

Can you tell me which way to the ocean? I’m looking to retire out there in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of swirling pollution that is rumored to be twice the size of Texas! I can’t wait to get there and be with more of my own kind. The marine animals will enjoy nibbling on me, since there will be more of me than their own food sources. I can stay there for the rest of my life, which is pretty much forever! I might break down into smaller and smaller pieces, but I will always be there.


I’m a Bag Monster, but I love hanging around people of your kind. I feel so welcomed among humans, I get so much attention. And the more people use bags, the more of my kind there are! Thanks for keeping the Bag Monsters alive!


Did you know that Bag Monsters are becoming endangered species? With all the bag bans going into effect around the globe, you may not see creatures of my kind much longer! Even here in Humboldt, there are efforts trying to rid our environment of folks like me! We must put a stop to this!

Contact MJ at  mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com


April 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

April Events and Meetings

Welcome to Spring!  Surfrider Humboldt has an amazing number of events this month to celebrate both the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day!  If you can’t find something fun to do from the list below, you might want to check for a pulse!


Membership Drive

April 2-7 at varying locations

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 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 entry into a daily raffle for free tickets to the Beach Ball! Free coffee and snacks will be available at 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.  Our goal is to sell 43 memberships.  C’mon folks!  Step up and show your support.  We know where your surf!

Monday, April 2:  Neighborhood Humboldt, 685 11th St., Arcata, Noon-2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3: Arcata Co-op 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Flying Fish Boardworks, 2006 4th St.,  Eureka Noon-2 p.m.
Thursday, April 5: Eureka Co-op 4-7 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Salty’s Surf, Skate and Tackle, 332 Main St., Trinidad Noon-2 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Camel Rock 8-10 a.m.

Ocean Night

Thursday 5 April Arcata Theater Lounge  Doors at 6:30  Movie at 7

 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 group of athletes competes for a national championship as a ticket off the paradise of Papua New Guinea. A standout on the festival circuit since its Tribeca premiere! All-ages, but note: Splinters does contain some violence. $3 donation requested.

Beach Ball 2

Saturday 7 April Arcata Theater Lounge Doors at 7:30

The dunes meet the waves Saturday, April 7, Friends of the Dunes and Humboldt Surfrider join together for the Beach Ball 2 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The event features local music by The Grass Band (these boys are funky) and the Missing Link Record Crew, surf flicks, coastal slideshows and a raffle that includes 2 Patagonia wetsuits, 2 surfboards (McClendon and Channel Islands) and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Want your 5 seconds of fame?  Donate a photo of yourself or your friends surfing for display on the big screen.  Volunteering for the event gets you in for free but space is limited.  Contact MJ at mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com to volunteer and for photo submissions. Tickets are on sale at our membership drive locations, the Works, Missing Link Records, Neighborhood Humboldt, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The Beach Ball is a 21- and-over event.

 World Water Day

Tuesday 10 April 11-3 HSU Quad

Join the HSU Green Campus Program for a water-themed, interactive festival in honor of Water Awareness Month and the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.  Local organizations and student groups will share their perspectives on local water issues, water quality and water conservation.  Surfrider will have a table so come on by and check out our new Surfrider stickers, t-shirts and hoodies.  Volunteers for this event would be greatly appreciated!

 Chapter Meeting/Volunteer Training

Tuesday 10 April 6 – 730 p.m. Humbrews Next Door

We have free beer but you must attend our meeting to get it!  Ha!  We have heaps of fun discussing our current programs, projects, future events and most amazing surf sessions.  Immediately following the meeting we will have a short Outreach Volunteer (do you like to meet people and share your love of the ocean?) and Ban the Bag Humboldt training.  We will teach you how to make reusable bags out of t-shirts and screen print our Ban the Bag logo.  Bring a t-shirt or hoodies and make your own screen print!  Volunteers will receive a free Surfrider Chico bag!  Please email mjhumboldtsurfrider@yahoo.com to reserve your space.  After the training, hang out with the Surfrider crew to enjoy the Savage Henry Comedy Show at Humbrews. Because the threats to our ocean aren’t funny, you might as well get a laugh while you can!

Ban the Bag at Arcata Co-op 1st Farmers’ Market

Saturday April 14 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Come celebrate the first Farmers’ Market of the year and make a reusable bag out of a t-shirt!  This one is super fun for the kiddies, young and old.  We will have a table at the Arcata Co-op and show you how to make a reusable bag then screen print the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo.  Or, bring us a shirt of your own and we will screen print it for free! Our recently trained Outreach Volunteers will be there to assist you.

 Los Bagels Presents Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Mad River Beach

Sunday 22 April 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Be part of the solution to marine pollution! Cleaning up our beaches is a great way for families, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our shared natural resources, enjoy the outdoors and have fun! Join Humboldt Green Week, Humboldt Baykeeper, and the Tobacco Free Education Network in our monthly beach cleanup.  Help us green the event and bring your own 5 gallon bucket and work gloves.  Los Bagels is sponsoring, so you know what that means!