Kai Beech/Tri-City Weekly

Posted: 03/09/2010 11:14:14 AM PST

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.