If You Go
What: Surfrider membership drive with surf movie, live music
Where: Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 St.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free with Surfrider membership, $6 nonmembers
Save the Surf
Humboldt’s surf culture is defined by a freezing-cold ocean, big waves and even bigger sharks, according to Jennifer Savage, the chairperson of Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter.
But the thrill of dropping into a thick, juicy wave, that could just as easily snap a fiberglass surfboard as it could a human spine, emotionally surpasses all the obstacles the North Coast ocean waters present to its wave riders.
In an effort to keep local waters clean, Humboldt Surfrider is having a membership drive at Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday at 6 p.m.
”We’re hoping to get a whole bunch of new members to raise both money and awareness about our ongoing projects, including improving access and amenities at Moonstone Beach, filling water-quality data gaps on the North Coast and encouraging people to transcend single-use plastics,” Savage said.
Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by the screening of the epic coming-of-age surf movie “Big Wednesday” at 7 p.m. and music by Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge at 9 p.m.
Admission is free with a $25 Surfrider membership. New members will receive an organic “Beach In A Bag” tote, which is stocked with bonus goodies. Nonmembers pay $6.
After the event, Humboldt Surfrider expects to continue working to protect local ocean beaches and waves. Last year they prompted the clean-up of deteriorating dock parts from beaches stretching from the North Jetty to the Mad River, and held numerous beach clean-ups.
”We’ve raised over $11,000 and tripled our membership in just one year,” Savage said. “With our “Beach in a Bag” fundraiser, I’m hoping we’ll move even faster toward our goals of improved water quality testing, structural and
access improvements and the lessening of plastic use.”
For more information, visit online at www.surfrider.org/humboldt or call the Arcata Theatre Lounge at 822-1220.