MOVIES! Ocean Night, Thursday, July 1, Arcata Theatre Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

The first-ever movie featuring the DC surf team and just the DC surf team. Its true that there are only three guys on the elite DC surf team. But between Bruce Irons, Dane Reynolds, and Ry Craike, who else do you even need? Combined, the crew stands at the forefront of modern progressive surfing. The boys have earned a rep as some of the best surfers on the planet, all the while keeping unique styles in and out of the water. Its those unique out-of-the-water styles that make Dude Cruise so damn interesting.

Sometimes on surf trips things can get weird with a strange brew of testosterone, cabin fever, and ale. Dude Cruise offers a look at the type of weirdness that goes down with individuals like Bruce, Dane, and Ry in the mix, plus, of course, plenty of footage of the boys surfing locations worldwide.

Dude Cruise also serves a new take on the standard surf video; you know, the atypical two-minute quick-edit parts seen in nearly every surf flick out there. Directed by Matt Beauchesne, Dude Cruise shows sessions start to finish – not just the banger clips – to offer a more realistic look at what happens when you’re just out with your friends having a good time.

It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of.

Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.


Hands Across The Sand

Thanks to Bob Doran for the fabulous photos and video!

Click here for more photos of the event.


Man-made breaching attempt

A report has come in from Stone Lagoon that someone has attempted to illegally breach the lagoon.

This is very bad because:

  1. An illegal breach would devastate Humboldt Surfrider supporter Kayak Zak’s rental business, especially since Big Lagoon remains breached and/or at least very low.
  2. No reason to breach it in terms of impacts to property, especially since it’s now receding anyway and its high level does not affect structures, pasture, or any other infrastructure.
  3. A breach would certainly impact the roped-off snowy plover breeding area currently in place.
  4. Fourth, state parks enforcement may not have the resources to catch the hooligan(s) responsible.
  5. And last, the rumors are some surfers have been talking about breaching it… for obvious reasons. (Emphasis on: rumors.)


Do not breach!

ISD – Moonstone Beach clean-up report

Here we are!

Post by Adrien Pritchard, Humboldt Surfrider Clean-up Captain and General Hero:

International Surfing Day in Humboldt County woke to find some decent logging surf, beautiful weather, and a number of volunteers on hand to clean up Moonstone Beach. The beach looked clean at first, but our volunteers scoured the beaches, bushes, and rocks to find the trash which had grown wings and flown into secret hiding spots. Although there is a county maintained garbage can in the parking lot, it was overflowing, so we cleaned up that area and left room for trash to be added once we were gone.

Keeping it clean...

I’d say we cleaned up about 3 bags of trash from the beach and another two from the garbage can overflow.

Highlights of the cleanup would have to be the colorful picker upper that Jonny and his daughter found, as well as Adrien’s father coming up from Venice beach to help out.

Vice Chair Jonny Redboard and his excellent helper

Lowlight would once again have to be the number of pallet nails taken out of the few fire pits.

Thanks again to all our dedicated volunteers for coming out and keeping our beaches some of the most beautiful in the state.

Hands Across The Sand

Stand up to oppose offshore oil drilling and support clean energy!

This Saturday June 26th, Baykeeper, Surfrider, the Northcoast Environmental Center and more will be gathering together on Moonstone Beach in Westhaven at 11 a.m. as part of ”Hands Across the Sand” – an international message to electeds to show our support for clean energy and our opposition to offshore oil drilling!

For more information about the event, check out Hands Across The Sand online.

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.

Directions to the Moonstone Beach: Continue reading

Not the Answer: News and action round-up


Spill may have taken largest victim yet (NYT)

Over the last weeks, the carcasses of oily pelicans, turtles and other animals have washed to shore in the Gulf of Mexico. Now the first dead whale has been found — a juvenile sperm whale floating 77 miles from the leaking oil well.

Shoddy spill plans, oil company arrogance (USA Today)

It was almost comical to hear chief executives of major oil companies sheepishly admitting to Congress this week that most of them had virtually the same worthless, cookie-cutter plan for coping with oil spills.

Call our representatives in Congress and the White House to demand establishment of a permanent moratorium on all new offshore oil drilling in the United States.

White House Hotline: 202-456-1111

Click “more” for further phone numbers. Continue reading

International Surfing Day 2010 Beach Clean-up

International Surfing Day is this Sunday, but in an unusual twist on Humboldt time, we’re getting a jump on it early.

Join us at Moonstone Beach on Saturday!

Six years ago, the Surfrider Foundation and SURFING Magazine felt the surf world was missing something. A day to encourage all surfers to do a few, simple things: paddle out, catch a wave, spread ocean awareness and clean their beaches.

We’ll be meeting at Moonstone Beach to do just that, weather permitted of course. The clean-up will take place from 10 a.m. – noon, so come earlier or stay late to ride some waves. As usual, we’ll provide the clean-up gear.

For more info, contact Adrien.