Surfers, the largest user contact group of the marine environment in Australia, have been continuously disregarded by government policy makers. Considered to be at the frontline of the coasts, more so than recreational fishers and divers, the opinions of millions of surfers across thousands of beaches in Australia, were being undervalued – and in WA Marine Park policy in particular, concerns go largely ignored.
“It’s a great shame and a slight to the very culture which has come to symbolize so much of our national identity”, said one of Australia’s leading coastal advocates.
Brad Farmer, founder of the Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Care Day and National Surfing Reserves made the comments in Perth today.
“Just this week, we see the Mr Abbott weakening Marine Parks, while in WA, surfers are simply not consulted by DEC when it comes to coasts and marine issues.
From Humboldt Surfrider treasurer Bill Hoopes:
This humble film is about Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing. Take a few moments to watch one man’s struggle to transcend his handicap. Directed by Sean Mullens, who also does the cinematography, the film presents nearly unfathomable courage and spirit. The film is equally about the spirit of men and women and the draw of the ocean and its waves. It is well worth the watch and may put your life in perspective
High Surf Predicted to Hit Northcoast
The U.S. National Weather Service is advising beachgoers and sailors to be cautious on the North Coast today due to a large surf expected to peak at 16 feet by noon.
Surf4Peace is Humboldt County’s only non-profit surf contest. S4P was created to bring the Humboldt County surf and beach community together to benefit coastal and environmental sustainabilit. The event happens at Trinidad State Beach TODAY!
Surf4Peace donates all of its proceeds to one local and one international non profit organization every year that is geared towards peaceful and/or environmental action. This year S4P proceeds will benefit the Humboldt Surfriders Foundation.
Schedule of Events
From the T-S:
A massive ocean swell with waves up to 20 feet is expected to crash into the North Coast today and grow in intensity until early Sunday, just as crab fishermen leave harbor for the first day of the Dungeness crab season.
As large storms build in the Gulf of Alaska, a large northwest swell — with waves between 18 and 20 feet — will make its way to the shores of Humboldt County by Saturday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Burger.
Those waves are expected to build to their maximum height Sunday morning, before tapering off through the early part of the week, he said.
TODAY...N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 10 TO 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 TO 14 FT AT 20 SECONDS. TONIGHT...N WIND 10 KT...BECOMING NE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 12 TO 14 FT AT 18 SECONDS. SUN...E WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 TO 13 FT AT 16 SECONDS. SUN NIGHT...S WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 FT. PATCHY FOG.
From the Times-Standard:
An experienced surfer died at Shelter Cove on Tuesday after suffering a “cardiac event,” the coroner’s office said.
Coroner Frank Jager said Randy Foster, 57, a Redway resident, was able to make it back to the shore, where he collapsed. Several people at the beach tried to help and administered CPR, Jager said.
Jager said Foster was an experienced surfer who knew the area.
Much sympathy to his family.
… and of course, an additional point of the party, besides having fun, is launching the Humboldt Chapter of Surfrider back into active existence. Everyone will have a chance to contribute ideas, share concerns, volunteer or otherwise draw attention to beach and ocean access and environmental issues.
fix the Jetty shower
remove styrofoam dock moorings from beach
beach clean-up efforts
Rise Above Plastics
wave energy forum
stance on port development, offshore oil drilling, MLPAs and other relevant area political issues
Add your own in the comment section.