Great Turnout for Mad River Beach Clean-up!

Thanks to all the volunteers who rallied on Saturday out to Surfriders Mad River beach clean-up.  Volunteers raked through several left over beach fires and collected thousands of nails with magnets.  We even found piles of burnt plastic and furniture..yikes!  By the end of the clean-up the beach was in much better shape!  Thanks again!

The thousands of nails found from beach fires are left over from people burning wood pallets. Burnt pallets leave a mess of nails making it unsafe to walk on the beach.

If you missed out on this months clean-up take note that Surfrider has a clean-up on the second saturday of each month.  Next month is our adopt-a-highway clean-up  on January 14.  We meet North of Trinidad off  HWY 101 on Seawood Drive road exit.  We always provide supplies!


North County Fair! Coastal Cleanup! Surf4Peace! Volunteers needed!

North Country Fair!
Saturday, Sept. 17 and 
Sunday, Sept. 18

Join Humboldt Surfrider at the fair this weekend! We need volunteers to help table, share info and sell our awesome T-shirts and hoodies! Email to sign up.

Coastal Cleanup!
Saturday, Sept. 17

Make our beaches cleaner together this Saturday, when Humboldt Surfrider joins Humboldt Baykeeper at the North Jetty from 9 a.m. to noon for Coastal Cleanup Day! Email Debbie Topping for more info at

Sunday, Sept. 18

The 8th annual Surf4Peace takes place Sunday at the North Jetty from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s all ages, longboard and shortboard.

Join the Neighborhood Surf Shop Saturday night at the new Beachcomber, across from Jacoby Creek School in Bayside, for a pre-party featuring Globe’s Year 0000, then volunteer, compete and just have fun at Surf4Peace the next day. Admission is free, with a suggested $2 donation at the door.

For more info, stop by the Neighborhood Surf Shop at 685 11th St. in Arcata, call 822-7873 or email Jonny Redboard at

Cleaning Up Old Town, Saturday!

Clean Streets = Happy Oceans!

In an effort to promote community enhancement and encourage awareness of environmental issues, the City of Eureka will be sponsoring the City’s 5th Annual Mayday Community Clean Up Event.

Meet at the foot of C Street of Eureka on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 P.M. Tobacco Free Humboldt will have a table where we will gather and plan our clean-up strategy. Volunteers will be picking up litter at Halvorson Park, Old Town, PALCO Marsh and Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.

All necessary supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own re-usable gloves in an effort to reduce waste.

Let’s Team Up to Clean Up!

Post-tsunami Crescent City Beach Clean-up, Saturday

On Saturday, Mar. 19 a public beach clean up will be held to remove tsunami debris from affected beach areas.

Volunteers are needed and are asked to meet at 1 p.m. at the Crescent CityWastewater Treatment Facility located at 210 Battery Street in Crescent City.

CRESCENT CITY, Calif -- Divers with MM Diving work to hook chain around the keel of a sunken vessel in the Crescent City Harbor in preparation to lift the vessel out of the water with inflatable float bags for salvage Wednesday, March 15, 2011. A tsunami, which resulted from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Japan on March 11, destroyed much of the harbor and its vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaclyn Young.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the event such as boots, gloves, and raingear. Trash bags will be provided.

All volunteers must register on the day of the event at the Treatment Facility and be sworn in as a Volunteer Disaster Servicer Worker. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have parental consent.

If you have questions, please contact the Solid Waste Management Authority at(707) 465-1100.

This event is scheduled in cooperation with the City of Crescent City, Crescent City Harbor District, Solid Waste Management Authority and County of Del Norte.

Update: new T-shirts, projects and more!

Happy Fall! Hope everyone’s enjoying the sunshine this week!

And when you’re out and about in the lovely days… or in a lovely daze, depending… don’t forget to represent! Currently at Greenhouse, we have the 2010 Matt Beard edition Ts and hoodies, with the 2011 Shawn Griggs version Ts on their way.

(We sure are lucky to have so many fine artists donating their work to Humboldt Surfrider – a shout out to 2009 artist Matt O’Brien, too, of course!)

In other news,

  • efforts to repair the pipeline to the Jetty shower are underway,

  • slow progress is being made on improvements at Moonstone and Camel Rock,

  • our Rise Above Plastics campaign is hitting back hard after California failed to ban single-use plastic bags,

  • we’re looking to partner with the Tobacco Education Network to end cigarette butt litter

  • and, of course, we continue to hold monthly film nights,

  • plus regular beach and highway clean-ups,

  • as well as pursue the best protection for our local ocean, beaches and waves.

    Not a member yet? JOIN! (Link goes to current Iron Surfer promotion page.)

    Already a member? A volunteer? A donor? A supporter? Any of all of the above – THANK YOU!

    As always, email with any questions or to get more involved.

    See you at the beach!

  • Really nice story in the T-S on S4P and the Coastal Clean-up

    Matt Drange spent a few hours talking to folks at Surf 4 Peace about the contest, about Surfrider and about Ocean Conservancy‘s 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

    Thanks to all the folks who made Surf 4 Peace and the clean-up a great success! Special thanks to Debbie, Adrien and Jody, and to Pierson’s for donating even more supplies to Humboldt Surfrider.

    Also, please note, the Northcoast Environmental Center has a long history of organizing the Coastal Cleanup locally.

    Since the International Coastal Cleanup Day began 25 years ago, over 8 million volunteers have removed 135 million pounds of trash from beaches around the world.

    Trash in the ocean – from pervasive plastics to cigarette butts – is a huge, totally preventable problem. Help stop marine debris by stopping it at the source. Opt for reusable bags, reusable water bottles, reusable everything. When you do make trash, put it in the trash can. That includes cigarette butts! Support legislation aimed at reducing/eliminating marine debris. And stay tuned for our next Surfrider beach and highway cleanups!

    International Coastal Cleanup – this Saturday, Sept. 25

    Join Surfrider at Trinidad Head and State Beach this Saturday, Sept. 25, where we’ll not only have a Surf 4 Peace booth, but also hosting a Beach Cleanup in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day! Surf 4 Peace starts at 8 a.m. and the beach clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. till noon.

    More on the California Coastal Cleanup Day here and through the NEC.