Save the Surf

Kai Beech/Tri-City Weekly

Posted: 03/09/2010 11:14:14 AM PST

If You Go

What: Surfrider membership drive with surf movie, live music

Where: Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 St.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free with Surfrider membership, $6 nonmembers

Save the Surf

Humboldt’s surf culture is defined by a freezing-cold ocean, big waves and even bigger sharks, according to Jennifer Savage, the chairperson of Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter.

But the thrill of dropping into a thick, juicy wave, that could just as easily snap a fiberglass surfboard as it could a human spine, emotionally surpasses all the obstacles the North Coast ocean waters present to its wave riders.

In an effort to keep local waters clean, Humboldt Surfrider is having a membership drive at Arcata Theatre Lounge on Saturday at 6 p.m.

”We’re hoping to get a whole bunch of new members to raise both money and awareness about our ongoing projects, including improving access and amenities at Moonstone Beach, filling water-quality data gaps on the North Coast and encouraging people to transcend single-use plastics,” Savage said.

Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by the screening of the epic coming-of-age surf movie “Big Wednesday” at 7 p.m. and music by Robbie Allen and The Outer Edge at 9 p.m.

Admission is free with a $25 Surfrider membership. New members will receive an organic “Beach In A Bag” tote, which is stocked with bonus goodies. Nonmembers pay $6.

After the event, Humboldt Surfrider expects to continue working to protect local ocean beaches and waves. Last year they prompted the clean-up of deteriorating dock parts from beaches stretching from the North Jetty to the Mad River, and held numerous beach clean-ups.

”We’ve raised over $11,000 and tripled our membership in just one year,” Savage said. “With our “Beach in a Bag” fundraiser, I’m hoping we’ll move even faster toward our goals of improved water quality testing, structural and

access improvements and the lessening of plastic use.”

For more information, visit online at or call the Arcata Theatre Lounge at 822-1220.


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