Saturday, March 8th is Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge featuring A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011) & Exploring Humboldt.

Saturday, March 14th is Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge featuring A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011) & Exploring Humboldt.

Master surf film maker Jack McCoy ventures into a new realm with his latest breakout feature, A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE. This is not a surf movie, it is a film about surfing’s deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man’s perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world. In eleven interwoven chapters, today’s leading surfers are linked to those who came before, for a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a surfer and the soulful underlying power of modern surf culture. This is a big picture of a memorable story, beautifully told. It is a film about feeling good to be alive…and it will make you feel good.

Exploring Humboldt is a pilot episode produced by KEET Eureka and directed by Humboldt State University Alumni Acey Aseltine. Our hope for this project is to continue to produce new stories with the help and support of our local community. The program features segments on the Arcata Marsh, Trinidad bay, and the Lost Coast.

2013 logo unveiled!

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Bobby Wright joins Matt O’BrienMatt Beard and Shawn Griggs in designing Humboldt Surfrider’s logo. (Disclaimer: The artist is also the husband of chapter chairperson Jen Savage.)

T-shirts and hoodies for women and men available now! Email for more info or check your local surf shop.

Dodge fiasco: The write-ups so far

photo by Matt Hinton
Know of more? Add’em in the comments!

Dodge commercial filming results in truck stuck among tidepools

Regarding the filming of a Dodge commercial that has resulted in a truck stuck and submerged among the tidepools between Moonstone beach and Camel Rock, Humboldt Surfrider notes the following:

As an organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of Humboldt County’s beaches and waves, Humboldt Surfrider is extremely dismayed at the film crew’s lack of foresight and will be following up with the appropriate agencies to ensure that restoration and/or compensation for any damage is forthcoming. We also hope to work with the Humboldt Film Commission and relevant government agencies to ensure this sort of carelessness does not happen again. We have people on the scene and will share information as the situation develops. 

Earth Day Celebrations Start Tomorrow!

Hey there, fellow ocean and beach lovers!

 Come show that love tomorrow, Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we partner with Northcoast Horticulture Supply to clean up the North Jetty as part of our Earth Day events. Los Bagels and Eureka Natural Foods will provide  After the clean-up, we’re celebrating at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center with an Olde Time Earth Day Hoedown featuring music, food, beer and fun out in the Manila dunes. Best part besides a clean beach? Volunteers get into the Hoedown for free!

 If you can’t make the beach clean-up, we also need volunteers for the event! Email asap.

 Then, Monday, April 22 — Earth Day proper — we’ll be at Eel River Brewery from 3 to 7 p.m., sharing info about our new anti-dumping campaign and more. Come say hello!

 See you soon!

Jennifer Savage

Humboldt Surfrider chair

April events: Meeting tonight!

Greetings! It’s been a long winter, but Surfrider is kicking things back into gear this month with our regular members’ meeting, a collaborative Gear Sale, an Earth Day beach clean-up and Old Timey Hoe Down.
On a sadder note, please be advised a paddle out for John “Moose” Mason takes place this Saturday. See below for details.

Surfrider Meeting
Tuesday 9 April @ Humbrews
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. **

Join Surfrider Humboldt for our monthly meeting.  Get involved with current campaigns and programs like beach cleanups, outreach and keeping the Samoa Peninsula free from illegal waste disposal.  Plus, have a beer on us!  We hope to see you there!
** Please note time change for Spring/Summer

Paddle Out for John “Moose” Mason
Saturday 13 April @ Trinidad Harbor

A  memorial gathering for John Mason will occur Saturday, April 13, beginning with a paddle out in Trinidad Harbor at 12 noon.  Traditional paddle outs have participants bring flowers to spread on the water after gathering in a circle. Please gather earlier than noon, around 11:30, and carpool as parking at the Harbor and in town is at a premium.
If you are not paddling out, you can watch the paddle out from the lighthouse above the Harbor.
A potluck gathering will follow the paddle out at the Trinidad Town Hall, with a slide presentation  starting at 1:30 followed by an open mic.  (The Town Hall is across the street from the elementary school.)
If you can, please bring finger foods (something that does not need a fork) or something to drink.
If you have a favorite photo of Moose, be sure to bring it and pin it up on the poster board that will be provided.  Also, if you bring flowers, please bring them in a vase.
The memorial will conclude at 5 p.m.  Questions? Call Bill or Chris Hoopes at 707-445-3453 or Jen Savage at 707-477-8283

Get Outside Gear Sale
Sunday 14 April
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friends of the Dunes is now accepting donations and consignments of gently used outdoor gear for their the “Get Outside Gear Sale” fundraising event. Consignment items must have a value of $20, and half of the sale price will go to Friends of the Dunes. All gear can now be dropped off at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila. Starting March 30th, gear can additionally be dropped off at Adventure’s Edge (Arcata or Eureka) and at Salty’s Surf Shop in Trinidad.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup!
Saturday 20 April @ North Jetty
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day with Surfrider.  We will be kicking off the day along side Humbloldt Green Week with a beach cleanup @ North Jetty.  Earth Day will be honored with a HUGE collaborative beach cleanup.  Volunteers will meet at 10am at the North Jetty parking lot and breakup into groups and hit other areas along the Peninsula that need attention.  We have limited supplies.  If you can, please bring gloves, buckets and pickers for picking up trash.  For questions e-mail Casey at

Olde Time Earth Day Hoedown
Saturday 20 April
@ Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Seven of Humboldt’s Environmental organizations are teaming up to host an Earth Day Celebration at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Saturday, April 20th, from 3-7pm featuring Striped Pig String Band and Gunsafe. Enjoy food, drink and great company as volunteers and community members come together at the end of a day of beach clean-up and restoration activities. Free for those who volunteer that day and $5 for the general public.

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

Note: Tune into Coastal Currents ( 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 or

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

Ocean Night TONIGHT: Ikkatsu, surf flicks, more!

Join Humboldt Surfrider, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper for Ocean Night, TONIGHT, Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Arcata Theatre Lounge. The event features Ikkatsu, a film documenting the journey of three sea-kayakers traveling down the Washington coast surveying the beaches for tsunami debris. Along the way, they found not only flotsam, but high adventure and a greater understanding of how the ocean connects us all.

Ikkatsu is sponsored in part by Arcata-based watersports wear manufacturer Kokatat. The business is also sponsoring the attendance of the filmmakers/kayakers who will elaborate on the story Ikkatsu tells. With the North Coast likely facing tsunami debris arriving on our shores in the near future, the film serves as a guide to what our community might expect.


Surf flicks to follow!

Ocean Night is all ages, and a $3 donation is requested. Bring cash for the raffle and Surfrider schwag!

Listen to KHUM Coastal Currents interview with filmmaker Ken Campbell.

More about Ikkatsu: Continue reading

Donations for Scott’s hospital bills

Humboldt Surfrider is collecting donations for a local surfer, Scott Stephens, who was attacked by a shark this week.  He required surgery but is recovering well.   All donations through this post will go directly to his hospital bills and/or a new wetsuit/surfboard if on the off chance there are funds left over.  Also if you can, please join us tonight (No.v 1) for Ocean Night at the Arcata Theater Lounge (see below) where donations will also go to assist Scott.

Listen to Scott describe his experience in his own words through these links.   He is obviously a wonderful and humble person who wants to surf again:



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