Gas Guzzlers, A New Ocean Hazard: Shortboarders and Longboarders United in Their Outrage

Note: Tune into Coastal Currents (khum.com or 104.3/104.7 FM) today at noon for more on beach trash.

“News” from the beach:

A Toyota Sequoia adrift near the South Jetty. Owner claims to have been advised by "the radio."

A Toyota Sequoia adrift near the South Jetty. Owner claims to have been advised by “the radio.”

 EUREKA, Calif. – Forget great white sharks, North Coast surfers have a new coastal hazard to dodge: oversize gas guzzler vehicles washing into the surf zone. Out at the popular Power Poles surf spot, a location once known for its wide sandy beach, disfigured Chysler LeBarons, Ford F150s and Chevrolet Tahoe sports utility vehicles now protrude like miniature Buddha Rocks along the surf line.

Surfers are puzzled by the mysterious and abrupt appearance of these discarded vehicles. “Dude, they just started showing up, like, this week,” said surfer Joe Crabbe. “They, like, came out of nowhere.I was about to get so pitted and then, bwaa! – I nearly bashed into one! That would have really hurt and messed up my board, man.”

Concern over the wayward vehicles is not limited to recreational enthusiasts. Environmental groups are united in their opposition to cars washing up on the beach. “We will be going after whoever is behind this,” stated Jessica Hall, Executive Director of Humboldt Baykeeper, “we will kick their ass.” Humboldt Surfrider Chairperson Jennifer Savage added, “We have a lead as to who encouraged the illegal dumping of gas guzzlers. He will be dealt with.”

The owner of a dumped Toyota Sequoia was apprehended Wednesday morning by authorities. Through his attorney, he admitted to abandoning the vehicle out on the South Jetty. His attorney claims a Public Service Announcement on the radio encouraged drivers to push their cars off the jetty in the name of saving the planet.

The authorities welcome leads about the source of this PSA.

Ocean Night, Thursday, March 7: North Shore (1987), Footprints in the Sand

Come out this Thursday, March 7, to Ocean Night  at Arcata Theater Lounge featuring North Shore (1987) and Footprints in the Sand.

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 jsavage@oceanconservancy.org or humboldt@surfrider.org.

Footprints in the sand:  Today, two billion people live along or near a coast. By 2025, nearly all ocean shoreline will be inhabited and in use. Overfishing, pollution, over-population, and over-development of our coasts are having deadly consequences. The ocean that once seemed inexhaustible is buckling under the weight of our demands. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND reveals the devastating impact of human activity on the ocean, focusing on the Mediterranean’s contentious bluefin tuna fishery and the Gulf of Mexico’s massive de-oxygenated dead zones. It also celebrates our successes with sustainable practices, like “no take” conservation projects managed by locals in Zanzibar, as well as the extraordinary turnaround in New Zealand’s coral reefs.

North Shore: The Peak… The Dream… The Ultimate Test.  North Shore (1987) is a film about Rick Kane (Matt Adler), a young fictional surfer from a wave tank in Arizona, who heads to surf the season on the North Shore of Oahu and see if he has the skills to cut it as a pro surfer.Image

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