San Francisco Approves a Citywide Bag Ban

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to expand their plastic shopping bag ban to include all retail stores throughout the waterfront city. San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban plastic bags at grocery stores and drug stores with an ordinance passed in 2007. The expanded regulations call for customers to pay a 10-cent surcharge for paper bags at the point of purchase, and the businesses can keep the proceeds. The new law affects all retailers effective this October.  Read the article here

Show your support for a single-use plastic ban in Humboldt County by signing Surfriders (Humboldt Chapter) online petition addressed to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and Eureka City Council members.  Link to Petition


Samoa Beach Cleanup on Saturday!

Help Cleanup the Beach!
10 AM Saturday, February 11 at Samoa beach
We are excited to host Februarys Surfrider cleanup at Samoa beach.  Volunteers will meet at the first Samoa beach parking lot at 10am to sign in and get geared up to pick up trash.  We provide all of the supplies, although when we have large turnouts we find ourselves short of supplies, so if you have any re-useable gloves, re-useable bags, 5 gallon buckets or pickers please bring them!  If you have any questions or want to let us know your coming, please email Casey at
See you there!

Ocean Night this Thursday!

Hello, everyone! 

After you’re done marveling at the near-record highs we’ve been having along the coast this week, come join Humboldt BaykeeperOcean Conservancy and Humboldt Surfrider on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for Ocean Night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. We have some good news about the Marine Life Protection Act moving forward on the North Coast and a fun night of ocean-themed films for you!

First, experience Ancient Sea Turtles Stranded in the Modern World, a look at the sea turtle’s migration over thousands of miles and lasting decades before finally returning as a giant adult to the very beach where its life began, completing a cycle that has endured for 100 million years. The movie examines the many threats to ancient sea turtles: poaching, entanglement in fishing gear, destruction of nesting sites and pollution of the oceans.

Chuck DeWitt of Humboldt Baykeeper will also discuss Project Tortuga — background here.

Next up, Lost in the Ether, Andrew Kidman’s latest film focusing on particular surfboard designs, the shapers who create them and the process they undertake. Kidman says Lost In The Ether is a film for the “surfing purist,” made for surfers with a keen sense of surfing history.

Ocean Night is an all-ages event. A donation of $3 is requested at the door. Films start at 7 p.m. A raffle takes place after the second movie.

See you there!

New 2012 logo for Surfrider Humboldt.

Thanks to local artist Matt Beard we have a sweet new logo for 2012!