Ocean Night, Thursday, Sept. 4: Watermark

The simple name downplays the splendor that is Watermark.

Without water we are nothing, the traveller thought. Even an emperor, denied water, would swiftly turn to dust.
 Water is the real monarch, and we are all its slaves.”
— Salman Rushdie

Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life?

WATERMARK is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.

We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time.

WATERMARK is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project, which includes a book Burtynsky: Water and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical extension of the trio’s previous collaboration,Manufactured Landscapes. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

Thursday, Sept. 4
Doors 6:30 p.m., Films 7 p.m.
$3 donation

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 humboldt@surfrider.org 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 humboldt@surfrider.org 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.


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