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First Thursday of every month: Ocean Night! From majestic documentaries to epic surf flicks, explore the great blue sea with Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper!
Thursday, April 1
Doors 6:30 p.m.
Movie 7 p.m.
Free to Surfrider members and kids under 10, $3 donation requested from others.
Powerlines Productions returns with their new movie, “Ride On”, a progressive big-wave surfing documentary that brings you into the minds and lives of surfers as they search for the largest rideable waves the Pacific Ocean has to offer.
“Ride On” documents the arrival of the deadliest swell in decades, as surfers are left with a decision: surf Mavericks, with waves that many have compared to “100-Foot Wednesday”, or Pescadero Point (aka Ghost Tree), a spot that now faces a ban on tow-in surfing on its biggest days.
The film also includes footage from the fabled Nov. 29-30 swell that elite surfers are calling “the best paddle swell at Mavericks.”
Also included in this non-stop drama: A trip to Alaska as surfers ride glacier produced waves, beach-break perfection in Mexico, the historic monster swell at Puerto Escondido and the worst wipeout ever witnessed at Mavericks.
Featured surfers include: Twiggy, Flea, Skindog Collins, Ion Banner, Greg Long, Tim West, Carlos Burle, Peter Mel, Garrett McNamara, Keali’i Mamala, Colin Dwyer, Tyler Fox, Mark Healey, Dominic Spinardi, Chris Loeswick, Ben Andrews, Alex Martins, Zach Wormhoudt, Anthony Tashnick, Dr. Benjamin Z. Darrow, Ryan Seelbach, Lance Harriman, Jesse Kinsella, Deputy Harbor Master Cary Smith, Shane Desmond, Alistair Craft, Derek Dunfee, Nathan Fletcher, Dave Wassel, Ben Wilkinson and The Flying Smith Brothers, Tyler & Russell.
Starting at 7 p.m. will be a short documentary about the Marine Life Protection Act, then on to bigger and better waves!
Check out these great articles about plastic bags in the recent Coop News. And if you’re members, there’s a chance to submit your own methods of avoiding using plastic bags at the bulk bin and receive $50 toward the Coop.
Most times, the non-biodegradable cigarette butts you step over on the sidewalks wind up on local beaches. But last Saturday, Tobacco-Free Humboldt‘s Lou Moerner, Denise George, Jay McCubbrey, Cory McCubbrey and Valerie Norareno gathered 1,265 butts – all within a single hour spent in front of Arcata’s Tavern Row.
(Photo by Terrence McNally courtesy Arcata Eye)
Surfrider has been invited to a public scoping workshop to discuss options for future upgrades to the McKinleyville Community Services District (MSCD) wastewater treatment facility. An evaluation of facility upgrades are in response to the challenges of meeting the final effluent limitations required in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, that was adopted by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (RWQCB) and issued to MCSD in 2008. MCSD is seeking public input during this planning process to help prioritize objectives and evaluate various wastewater treatment and disposal alternatives.
Wednesday April 7, 2010, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1620 Pickett Road,
From the letter of invitation:
The workshop will consist of brief presentations describing the requirements of the permit, the feasibility study process, and small discussion groups to gather public input on wastewater management alternatives. Your participation in this workshop will be a resource to the public and help guide the outcome of MCSD’s planning efforts. If you have any questions or comments please contact Norman Shopay, General Manager, at 707-839-3251.
When: Sat, April 10 (First Arcata Farmer’s Market)
Where: Greenhouse Boardshop parking lot
Time: 10am – 2pm (longer if there’s a huge crowd!)
This event is free (no fees required to buy or sell boards), and you must be present to sell your board.
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. Continue reading
Assembly Bill 1998 will reduce dangerous plastic bag litter pollution by banning plastic bags at large retail outlets and charging a 25 cent “green bag fee” for any paper bag purchases. The money from the fee will go to the Paper Bag Pollution Clean Up Fund, which provides for reusable bag giveaway programs.
Plastic bags are a primary component of ocean litter. Over one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from ingestion or entanglement in plastics. This is why on World Oceans Day 2009, the Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme called for an outright ban on thin-film plastic bags worldwide. The plastic litter problem is also costing our state tens of millions of dollars in litter clean up and abatement costs each year.
To read more in a OpEd from Assemblymember Julia Brownley and Enviroment California, click here.
Dept. of Energy: Potential Effects of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy report released.