Paddle out and memorial for John “Moose” Mason

Saturday, April 13

The surf community will hold a memorial paddle out for beloved surfer, teacher and family man John “Moose” Mason. Everyone is welcome to gather in the water and on the shore to acknowledge our loss, share memories and pay tribute to a good friend.

We’ll gather at 11:30 a.m. and be in the water at noon.

The Memorial gathering for family and friends will begin in the Trinidad Town Hall at about 1:30 p.m. Beverages will be provided and we’ll remember John with a slide show, music, photos and stories of John.

Please bring finger foods (nothing needing a fork, spoon or knife) or something to drink.

If you have any questions or ideas, call Jim Steinberg at 825-6862.

Ocean Night: ‘Trashed’ and ‘Polyester’ this Thursday at ATL

Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Ocean Night, featuring Trashed and Polyester on Thursday, April 4, at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G St., Arcata.

Doors opens at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m., cost is $3 donation, free for Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider and Baykeeper members.

If you think waste is someone else’s problem, think again. Humboldt Waste Management Authority and Zero-Waste Humboldt co-sponsor this week’s screening.


Trashed is a 2012 documentary produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady selected to receive a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Narrator Jeremy Irons stands on a beach beside the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon. Above him towers a mountain of rubbish-a pullulating eyesore of medical waste, household trash, toxic fluids and dead animals-the result of thirty years of consumption by just one small city out of how many in the world? As the day’s new consignments are tipped on top, debris tumbles off the side and into the blue of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by a vast reach of plastic bottles, a forlorn Jeremy Irons stares at the horizon. “Appalling,” he mutters. Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

Polyester is when true visual expression meets the artistry of surfing. The film features the surfing life of California’s Al Knost.Polyester is independent filmmaker Jack Coleman’s first feature length surf film, running time is 35 minutes. The film is a completely independent production, with no branding. Shot, edited, and produced entirely by Jack Coleman. A surf film captured all ‘in camera’ with no digital imagery or after effects. Polyester took one-year to complete. Featured locations in project were Mainland Mexico, Central Baja, and a lot of the famous Southern California surf spots that Alex frequently visits.  

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

TONIGHT: Ocean Night! Birth of an Ocean, Surfing for Life

TONIGHTOcean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present “Birth of an Ocean” and “Surfing for Life” as part of our ongoing Ocean Night series at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

Birth of an Ocean 
More than four billion years ago, the most important event in Earth’s history took place – the ocean was born. It completely transformed the planet, creating a watery oasis that gave rise to the air we breathe, our climate, and a stunning array of life, including the critical species that first crawled out of the sea to inhabit land. The ocean is what transformed Earth into the livable, blue planet it is today. Learn how we are just beginning to understand the complexity of the ocean and the immense influence it has on the planet and our own survival.

Surfing for Life
A vibrant and award-winning one-hour documentary about inspiring well-spent lives, offers a totally fresh look at successful aging. Narrated by Beau Bridges, it profiles ten legendary surfers who model healthy aging by staying active and engaged into their 7th, 8th and 9th decades. Through interviews, contemporary day-in-the-life footage, and a wealth of rare archival material, the film provides an eloquent and powerful antidote to the negative images of aging presented in America’s youth-obsessed culture.

Doors: 6:30 p.m.
Films: 7 p.m.
Raffle to follow
$3 donation

Hope to see you there!

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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