HUGE Thanks to the Day Without a Bag Volunteers!

What in incredible day to make reusable bags out of old t-shirts!  A big thanks to all of the awesome volunteers that took a ton of time out of their schedules to make this event happen.  Thanks to Humboldt Baykeeper for partnering with us in this really exciting event.  Check out pictures from the event on their FB page:

Thanks to all the grocers that invited us to table: Wildberries, Eureka Natural Foods, Ray’s Arcata and McKinleyville.  Thanks to Sandy and MaryLou Flippin for their generous donation of ink and to the Eureka Rescue Mission Thrift Store for donating t-shirts.  Finally, thanks to all the people that signed our petition for the bag ban and that care about our marine environment.  You people rock!

Day Without a Bag Today! Bring a T-Shirt and We Will Make You a Bag! 11AM – 1PM

Today!  Bring your old t-shirts into Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries, Ray’s Eureka, Ray’s Arcata from 11AM-1PM.  Volunteers from Surfrider Humboldt, and Humboldt Baykeeper  will transform them into a re-usable shopping bag and screen print the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo onto them.   Remember to sign the petition for a local ban on single use plastic bags.  Check out other Day Without a Bag events happening today  in California here.

Check out the carbon footprint of single-use plastic bags in Arcata

Lonny Grafman and his students in Engineering at HSU determined that 3-5 million plastic bags are used annually in Arcata!  Yikes!  Follow the link to the website to an interactive database where you can manipulate the input data and observe the outcomes.

Big thanks to Dr. Grafman and his students for compiling this compelling data.

Surfrider Joins Coastal Currents on KHUM Today! Tomorrow is Day Without a Bag!

Listen to Coastal Currents on KHUM today at noon to hear all about Day Without a (disposable) Bag.  Tomorrow, Thursday, December 15 from 11AM – 1PM, Humblodt Baykeeper and Surfrider will have tables at four grocery stores in Humboldt asking shoppers to forgo disposable bags.  The fun begins when YOU the shopper brings in old t-shirts and WE the volunteers cut and sew them into a reusable bag and screen print them with our “Ban the Bag Humboldt” logo.  If you want the logo on a t-shirt to wear, bring in a shirt and we will screen print it for free!  Bring your friends and family! Please donate your old t-shirts for the event!

Locations Are: 11AM – 1 PM at Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries, Rays Arcata and Ray’s Mckinleyville.

Great Turnout for Mad River Beach Clean-up!

Thanks to all the volunteers who rallied on Saturday out to Surfriders Mad River beach clean-up.  Volunteers raked through several left over beach fires and collected thousands of nails with magnets.  We even found piles of burnt plastic and furniture..yikes!  By the end of the clean-up the beach was in much better shape!  Thanks again!

The thousands of nails found from beach fires are left over from people burning wood pallets. Burnt pallets leave a mess of nails making it unsafe to walk on the beach.

If you missed out on this months clean-up take note that Surfrider has a clean-up on the second saturday of each month.  Next month is our adopt-a-highway clean-up  on January 14.  We meet North of Trinidad off  HWY 101 on Seawood Drive road exit.  We always provide supplies!

Gear Swap Tonight at Far North Climbing Gym during Arts Arcata!

Come by the Far North Climbing Gym on 10th St. in Arcata during Arts Alive for the Annual Gear Swap.  Buy, sell, trade, reuse, recycle!  Stop by the Surfrider table and sign our petition to bag single-use plastic bags in Humboldt County.  This is a great party you will not want to miss.  See you there!

Clean the Beach. Get a t-shirt.

If you’ve been contemplating spending this Saturday morning helping to clean Mad River Beach, the Tobacco Education Network has offered an incentive.  Come on down and help save the ocean’s creatures by collecting trash and the Network people will send you home with an über-cool t-shirt.

Meet us at Mad River Beach at 10:00 am.  We’ll have bags for paper, butts and plastic trash as well as rakes and magnets to clear nails from firepits.  I promise that, after you’ve filled a 5-gallon bucket with old nails, never again will you burn pallets on the beach.

Ocean Night this Saturday! Corruption in Cajun Country! Good news from Sacto! Finally, that bodysurfing flick!

Come out this Saturday, Dec. 10, to Ocean Night featuring SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories and Come Hell or High Water, plus a 2011 Sacramento legislative update by Assemblymember Jared Huffman, co-author of the “shark fin” bill, AB 376, that passed earlier this year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. Donations accepted and raffle tickets available at the entrance. Ocean Night is all ages and hosted by Ocean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. For more information, email Ocean Conservancy’s North Coast Program Coordinator Jennifer Savage at or

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories investigates how the exploitation of Southern Louisiana’s abundant natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture, multiplying the devastating impact of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. Its waterways support the biggest economies in Louisiana – a $70 billion a year oil and gas industry, a $2.4 billion a year fishing business, tourism and recreational sports. They are also home to some insidious polluters: the same oil and gas industry, 200 petrochemical plants along a 100-mile-long stretch of the Mississippi known as “Cancer Alley,” the world’s largest Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and erosion that is costing the coastline 25-square miles of wetlands a year. SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories is a poignant look back at a way of life that may now be gone forever, and a prescient view at exactly how the gusher in the Gulf was allowed to happen. Thanks to corruption, malfeasance and the Louisiana industrial and political climate, environmental pollution seems to be simply a cost of doing business.

Woodshed Films, Patagonia, and Nixon are proud to announce the world tour for Keith Malloy’s debut film project, Come Hell or High Water. The film explores the history and progression of the sport of bodysurfing and the pureness that comes from riding a wave. Shot primary in 16mm, the film takes a unique look at the culture, beauty and simplicity of the sport, capturing the stories and locations of those who belong to this community. While Malloy is most widely known for his time in the water as a surfer, his exploration into the world of bodysurfing began some 10 years ago when he wanted to reconnect with the ocean and did so through bodysurfing. Said Malloy about this project, “It’s about taking a breath and kicking your feet in the big blue sea.”

December: Day Without a Bag, Gear Swap, Ocean Night and more!

Season’s Greetings to all! This holiday season Humboldt Surfrider has a lot of exciting events with plenty of opportunities to volunteer.

This could be you!

One chance to shine: Surfrider is in search of a very special high-energy someone to dress up as The Bag Monster and make appearances throughout December’s events.  Don’t be shy! You know you want to!  To be part of any Surfrider event this month, please email Volunteer Coordinator MJ Mazurek at

Humboldt Surfrider Meeting
6PM Tuesday, December 13 at a location to be determined (stay tuned!).
First 2 pitchers of beer are FREE!  Join us to find out about our beach and highway cleanups, water quality testing, our “Ban the Bag” campaign and much more! Your ideas and involvement make our chapter stronger.

Day Without Bag Leadership Training
5-6 PM Wednesday, December 7 at Humboldt Baykeeper
Join Surfrider for an evening of training to learn how to support a reusable bag campaign in our local grocery stores. Help us lead the way to make every day “A Day Without A Bag!”  Plus get crafty while learning how to turn old t-shirts into re-useable shopping bags, see video here.

Gear Swap
6PM Friday, December 9 at Far North Climbing Gym (along with Arts!Arcata)
Start digging through your attics and garages to sell or swap your old gear. Or if you need something and can’t afford new, mark your calendar and be there!  Surfrider still has room for a few more volunteers to table at this event.

Ocean Night
6:30 PM Saturday, December 10 at the Arcata Theater Lounge
Come hang with our friends at Humboldt Baykeeper and the Ocean Conservancy for a night of ocean environmental documentaries and epic surf flicks.  December’s films are SoLa: Louisiana Water Stores and Come Hell or High Water.

Mad River Beach Cleanup
10 AM Saturday, December 10 at Mad River beach
Show your love for the beach! We will meet at Mad River beach parking lot at 10am to pick up trash. We provide all of the supplies. CANCELS in the event of dumping rain. Email Debbie Topping to volunteer.

Day Without a Bag Event
11 AM Thursday, December 15 at Eureka and Arcata grocery stores
A Day Without a Bag is an educational grassroots event created by Heal the Bay.  From 11am to 1pm Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper will be tabling at local grocery stores in Eureka and Arcata asking holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags. Volunteers will create reusable bags out of old t-shirts and silk-screen them with the Ban the Bag Humboldt logo for shoppers.


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