Ocean Night: Michael Kew, surf flicks, silent auction, raffle, fundraising for shark bite victim

In addition to our usual Ocean Night goodness and more, we’re raising funds for today’s shark bite victim. As of posting this, the T-S is reporting he’s in “fair condition.” Story here.

So we’ll have a raffle that includes a brand new 4/3 wetsuit, and local artwork and two locally shaped boards will be auctioned off during the event. Want to donate, but can’t make it? Email humboldt@surfrider.org.

Here’s the rest of the scoop:

Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 1 featuring Humboldt State University alumni Michael Kew. Kew brings two films – Triptych and Guacamole – plus shares excerpts from his new book, Crossings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all ages. A $3 donation is requested at the door.


RV removed! Lets get this mess cleaned up. Samoa beach cleanup tomorrow 10AM!

We were happy to see the burnt out RV removed promptly off the Peninsula after submitting concerns to multiple agencies regarding the toxic threat it posed to the surrounding area once the rains hit.  There is still a mess left behind from the RV, Surfrider and volunteers plan on tackling that mess tomorrow morning.  We could use your help!!  Please join us in the morning at the first parking lot “Power Poles” on the Peninsula.  We will meet at 10am and disperse to the areas that need the most attention.



Thank you letter to Virginia Bass and Mark Lovelace:


Virginia and Mark,


Thanks very much for facilitating a quick response by the county to get that

burnt wreck removed from the peninsula last week.  I was very pleased to see

it gone the next time I drove out that way after initiating contact with



There is still quite a mess all around the surrounding area, but we’ve

continued to have very good weather so hopefully it has not yet been moved

around too much.


It so happens that Surfrider already planned to do our monthly beach cleanup

this coming Saturday a bit further north up the peninsula.  We talked about

it at our regular member meeting earlier this week and agreed to move down

to the trailer site once our group has gathered.  We’ll bring rakes,

shovels, CalTrans trash bags, and the appropriate safety gear (hi-vis vests,

hard hats, gloves) and remove leftover debris whatever we’re able to.


We will document the process as well and will update you next week.  In the

meantime, please feel free to spread the word if you know of anyone else in

the community who might like to pitch in.  We meet Saturday at 10am at the

“first Power Poles parking lot” just south of the Samoa bridge.



Scott Willits

Treasurer, Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter



Hi folks!
Due to a show being scheduled at Humboldt Brews tonight, we’re meeting at Plaza Grill, in the “annex,” the area between the View Room and restaurant. Things still start at 6 p.m. and beer is still on us! See you there!
Jennifer Savage

More details:
Get involved with current campaigns and programs like beach cleanups, educational outreach, and local plastic bag ban efforts.  October’s meeting agenda will include discussing whether Surfrider will keep funding the Camel Cam. We will also discuss how we can respond to major waste disposal along the Humboldt coastline like the current abandoned torched trailer along the Samoa Peninsula. Want to join the committee?  Our volunteer coordinator position is open, join the crew!

Ocean Night, tonight!

Tonight, a special Ocean Night featuring selections from the Beneath the Waves film festival.

Ocean Night takes place at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G St. in Arcata. Doors opens at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m., cost is $3 donation and free for Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider and Baykeeper members. Ocean Night is all ages.

Film descriptions follow:


Best Conservation Message: “Time Will Tell” by Madison Stewart
“I was raised in the oceans and this came with the honor of also being raised with top predators. My home reef is the Great Barrier Reef, a place that has always drawn my attention and given me my most memorable shark encounters yet. I am now 18 years old. In my lifetime, I have seen a change in the oceans and feel obligated to expose the injustices to our waters.” Filmed throughout the Great Barrier Reef, Caribbean and Palau. 

People’s Choice: “Gloop” by Gaby Bastyra & Joe Churchman
Gloop is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, Gloop offers a poignant and lasting message about the price ouroceans may play for the convenience of plastic. 

“Plastic Future: the Midway story” by Claire M. Fieseler
In January 2010 the small pacific atoll of Midway served as a learning laboratory for a group of Duke University graduate students. The island, they found, was drowning in plastic. NOAA, NFWF and the state of Hawaii struggle to conserve Midway’s coral reefs, monk seals, albatross and rare endemic ducks.

“Sea Harmony” by Monika LaPlante
An online dating parody, Sea Harmony, adds an aquatic flavor to your love life. 

“Manta Ray of Hope” by Shawn Heinrichs
A breathtaking journey through some of the most remote and exotic places on earth to personally experience the beauty of manta rays. 

Latest Eco-Crime Leaves Toxic Mess on the Peninsula

Just South of Bay Street sits an abandoned trailer that has been torched, turning it into a toxic mess.  With the hopes of getting this mess cleaned up properly and promptly before the rain hits or winds pick up, Surfrider Humboldt has sent Virginia Bass a letter of urgency.  We will keep you updated on the status of this issue!

Hello Supervisor Bass,

I am contacting you regarding a camper trailer parked just off the highway in Fairhaven about halfway between Bay Street and the airport, an area I believe falls within your district.

I am not certain exactly when this trailer was abandoned out there but it was tagged last week by HCSO with notification that it was to be towed on 9/28/12.  Unfortunately some time prior to that, arson was committed and the thing is now an unstable and dangerous pile of trash, much of which is getting dispersed throughout the area.  There was undoubtedly a lot of plastic and who knows what else combusted which means there are likely a lot of PCBs and other toxic materials being freely moved about by the elements.

It is imperative that this mess gets cleaned up before the first rains hit, and I would think it a very good idea to move on it before there is even any substantial wind.  It is very fortunate we’ve had only slight winds the last few days but that is rarely the case out there and 20 to 25 mph are common most afternoons.

I have already contact the BLM, county parks, the Sheriff’s department, and Public Health about this problem but so far no one has been able to give me any idea when or even if their agency will take action.  Public Health alone did at least seem to take notice and promised to get back to me.  Unfortunately I am given to understand that this particular location lies on a tiny sliver of private land between parks territory to the north and BLM to the south, apparently along an old pipeline easement from what was the Simpson pulp mill, so that may make it easy for public agencies to avoid taking responsibity.  It appears that Rob Arkely is the owner of that parcel, although I am not certain of that nor do I know to what extent he can be made responsible for dealing with somebody else’s criminal mess that found its way onto his property due to no fault of his own.  That said, it certainly would not hurt his standing in the community were he to help out.

Ultimately it is not clear who is responsible for this but it very important that the mess be cleaned up, and I would further hope that HCSO is going to actively investigate and hopefully prosecute both whoever dumped it and who commited the arson.

For what it’s worth, the Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is eager to see that this gets dealt with, and while we are not equipped to handle its removal we can at least provide some volunteer labor to assist in the cleanup.  But given the criminal nature of its origin, the likely toxic makeup of the mess, and the fact that it likely sits on private land, we would want some official agency to take lead on the effort and provide us with some direction and cover from liability.

Since it appears this is in your district, your attention to the matter is appreciated, with emphasis on the fact that time is of the essence.

Thanks very much,
Scott Willits
Treasurer, Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter

September Meeting Minutes

Surfrider Meeting Minutes September 18, 2012

In attendance from the board: Scott, Jennifer

Other: Lou, Bill Lydgate, Greg, several newcomers

Treasury: $4500 minus outstanding checks to Ocean Conservancy and the Heather Bonser-Bishop fund minus the Camel Cam connection fee ($480) plus S4P cash ($242)

General consensus at the meeting was that Surfrider funding the Camel Cam is a nonprofitable endeavor and that those funds could be better used elsewhere. The plan is to reach out to our membership over the next month for feedback about whether or not we should keep it. At the next meeting we will discuss and vote.

Merch: We need to place an order with the new Matt Beard logo before the year’s up! We need a Square! We are considering calendars with the tides on them, but the cost is high, so one option would be to do some print-on-demand to see how popular they might be.

Clean-up: Next one is @ Samoa Beach, Saturday, October 13.

Hold Onto Your Butts: Jen meeting with Lou to catch up on Tobacco Education Network progress.

Ocean Night: October (Friday, Oct. 5) is selections from Beneath the Waves, November (Thursday, Nov. 1) is Michael Kew.

West Coast Summit: Ventura, Sept. 28-30. Jen is going. The chapter will cover expenses up to $400.

S4P: We sold a bunch of stuff, talked to a number of supporters, had a fine time despite the terrible wave conditions. However, an outspoken contingent showed up to express concern about the event being held at the North Jetty due to all the promotion around it. Read the last email sent out by Surfrider here in response to the Camel Cam and Surf for Peace concerns.