Ocean Night! ‘Stoked and Broke’ + The Van Duzen Watershed Project

The Van Duzen River

Humboldt’s own Van Duzen river fills the Arcata Theatre Lounge‘s big screen on Thursday, Aug. 4 for the monthly Ocean Night event.

The Van Duzen Watershed Project was conceived by Sal Steinberg and Paul Trichilo in 2005. As coordinator of Friends of the Van Duzen, Steinberg was concerned about the decline of salmon in the Van Duzen River. Trichilo has been a lifelong advocate of salmon, rivers and watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. In an effort to learn more about their local streams, a monitoring program was developed and in 2006, a three-year project was funded to quantify water quality, salmon habitat and upslope conditions. This project culminated in a Watershed Management Plan for the Lower Van Duzen River Basin. More information available at fovd.org.

Rounding out the night is the “Staycation Surfari Epic on Zero Dollars” surf flick Stoked and Broke. Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton set off on a 30-mile, eight-day walk through San Diego. But what begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey quickly becomes an examination of freedom vs. alienation.

Ocean Night is an all-ages event hosted by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. and a raffle takes place after the second film. Donations appreciated.

One Response

  1. I would like to leave a post – but it’s not related to Ocean Night – not seeing a way to send an email or contact you otherwise, I am replying here. My comment/ post is in regard to Houda Point (aka Camel Rock), one of the most popluar surfing locations on the North Coast (and featured in two of the photos on the Ocean Night page). Houda Point is owned by the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust (TCLT, formerly the Humboldt North Coast Land Trust). Last December we started performing maintenance at Houda Point, thanks to a $2,000 donation from Humboldt Surfrider and an inkind donation of over $10,000 worth of labor from the California Conservation Corps. TCLT current and former board members and friends have volunteerd an additional 100 hours to re-build the main trail (where County road runoff blew out the top of the trail), re-build the cable steps to the south beach, and dismantle the rock wall at the overlook. The rock wall repair was needed because the slope below had moved, causing a big crack in the patio and rock wall which sits directly over the trail. We stockpiled the rock, intending to re-build the wall about 5 feet back from the edge of the bluff, where the ground is more stable. We decided to re-build it in summer when we had a good window of dry weather to let the mortar dry. We started making plans to re-build the wall in early August but unfortunately someone, within the last month, removed our stock-piled rock. It would have taken considerable effort to haul the rock (about a ton and a half’s worth) up to Scenic Drive and load it into a truck – and several hours. If anyone saw somone removing the rock, please contact me. Perhaps someone thought it was surplus rock, or perhaps someone had a landscaping project and just wanted some rock. You can buy rock for about $20 per ton so the monetary loss wasn’t great, but it’s a major hassle to replace. We’re an all-volunteer board and just taking care of basic maintenance is challenging enough. When someone takes our rock, it’s a major bummer, and a lot of extra work.

    To make matters worse, someone also vandalized the interpetive sign next to the overlook. The high-pressure laminate sign, which costs about $400 to fabricate and several times that to design and install, was pried out of the faux-bedrock pedestal. This is just malicious vandalism. I know that nobody associated with Surf Rider would do this, but if anyone saw anyhting, please let us know.

    Don Allan,
    Vice-President, TCLT

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