International Surfing Day at ATL: Surf’s Up! Best surf doc ever?

A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. Best surf documentary ever!

Monday, June 20

Arcata Theatre Lounge

Doors at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.

All-ages! Free! Donations accepted.



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.

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.

July Minutes

Minutes for the Humboldt Chapter Meeting at Plaza Grill on 7/7/09 at 7pm
No. of people in attendance: 20

Chair: Jennifer Savage
Vice-Chair: Jon Anderson (absent)
Secretary: Colleen (”Bean”) Clifford
Treasurer: Bill Hoopes
Volunteer Coordinator: Kalei Coleridge
Co-Volunteer Coordinator: Tyler Canning

Facebook: search for “surfrider humboldt”

Surfrider Humboldt welcomes Tyler Canning as our Co-Volunteer Coordinator! He is a senior at Arcata High and a surf camp veteran.

Treasury Report:
Our current balance is $6,589, which includes a $2000 anonymous donation designated for a specific, to-be-determined project. About $1000 is appropriated for the Blue Water Task Force project.

Volunteer Report:
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make International Surfing Day a success! We had a lot of help and it truly showed. Also, many thanks to those who worked at the July 4th table!

Jetty Shower:
National has sent the money allocated for this project and we will begin working with Steve Bohner from Alchemy Construction. It will take about 8 weeks to get the state-of-the-art, stainless shower, and we’re hoping to work out a schedule soon. The BLM says the plumbing out to the shower piping is fine, so let’s cross our fingers.

Moonstone Projects:
The wording of the Welcome sign is getting okayed by various groups. Dogipots are going to be ordered and put in as soon as possible! After these items are erected, discussion of the Moonstone shower will continue. An etiquette sign is still in the plans but will take some more time to develop.

PGE Wave Connect:
Surfrider member Bill Lydgate will be our representative on the PGE working group, which is a stakeholder’s informational group to learn about the wave energy process and potential issues. Having a voice in this process helps us be a part of designating where the possible testing areas may be, which might interfere with surf spots. Bill will be updating members at our meetings with the ongoing discussion, and he can take our questions to the working group. For those interested, Surfrider National has a wave energy blog.

Upcoming Events:
To volunteer at any event, contact Kalei at

Next Surfrider Meeting: Tuesday, August 4, 7 p.m., Plaza View Room, Arcata

Humboldt Roller Derby: Sat, August 15, 6 p.m?, Redwood Acres
As the chosen non-profit for this event, we will be vending beer to raise funds. Other groups have collected well over $1000! We need volunteers to help staff and table.

Organic Planet Festival: Sunday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Surfrider will have a table to share our plans and be a part of the organic planet mission to “share creative solutions to the world’s environmental challenges and to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.” Help us table and educate our community on what Surfrider does for them!

North Country Fair: Sat. Sept 19 and Sun Sept 20, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
We’ll be tabling here too!

California Coastal Clean-up: Sat. Sept 19, TBA
NEC runs this event and we will be helping in whatever way we can! Stay tuned for details.

14th Annual Noll Longboard Classic: Sat. Oct. 3 and Sun. Oct. 4, Crescent City
We will be helping to staff Ben Stephanou’s B&G’s BBQ, raising funds for the Blue Water Task Force project.

6th Annual Surf 4 Peace: Sat. Oct 10, Trinidad Head,
Again, we’ll be BBQing with Ben to raise funds for BWTF. And Surf 4 Peace is offering all the proceeds from this year’s event to Surfrider Humboldt!!

And now a word from our members…..
Welcome back Bike & Surf California!
Steve and Mike biked 500 miles down the coast of California using all sustainable equipment to promote environmental awareness to the transportation and gear issues of surfing and biking. They also raised over $6000 for The American Cancer Society! They made a few presentations and had some media coverage along the way. There is an online, tax-deductible auction of all sorts of goodies, bidding ends July 10 at 5 p.m!

Messy beaches:
Debbie told us about how littered with fireworks Bay St. was after the 4th of July. Members discussed the magnetic pole tool idea, and Jody will look into getting some donated from Pierson’s. Other suggestions included rakes and swimming pole nets for broken glass. We agreed that we need to raise people’s awareness of pallet fires (and the resulting heaps of nails), as well as do some educational campaigns to bring awanress of the problem before holidays. Debbie took pictures of the Bay St. mess and will email them to Jen. Surfrider encourages documention and alerts to the Dept. of Environmental Health. Larry suggested putting wordage on our Moonstone sign to indicate that pallet fires leave nails behind.

Five reasons to read this post

DbH at ATL for ISD

DbH at ATL for ISD

First – thanks to everyone who made International Surfing Day 2009 a huge success for Humboldt Surfrider!

Second – forgive the lag time between posts. It’s summer, baby!

Third – not too late to volunteer for July 4 (Happy Birthday Jonny Redboard!) on the Arcata Plaza! Email Kalei at

Fourth – Clam Beach clean-up Sunday, July 5!

Fifth – regular chapter meeting and update Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., Plaza Grill View Room area. So much to report!

Will catch up more soon. You can always email with any questions, demands or offerings.

June 20, International Surfing Day!

Yes, it’s the same day as Oyster Fest. But what a perfect way to keep the momentum going – or skip the madness and come out after the all-clear’s been sounded.

International Surfing Day – join us online here.

Start the day with a Beach Clean Up, breakfast and expression session at Moonstone Beach.

End the day with live music and free goodies at the Arcata Theatre Lounge:

Doors open at 8:00 PM
Show starts at 9:00 PM
18 and over

Established in 2004 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation, International Surfing Day is a world-wide celebration of the sport of surfing.

The Humboldt Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will host a beach clean-up and party early in the day at Moonstone Beach then head to Arcata Theatre Lounge to celebrate with four amazing local bands Absynth Quintet, Dragged By Horses, Rooster McClintock and The Bad Lilas – surf movies and a schwag toss included!

Absynth Quintet: The Absynth Quintet melds the familiar and the avant-gard with a unique and provocative palette of tone and texture. This is streetcorner swing with a sense of humor, bluegrass with footstomping danceability, intertwined with playful forays into the depths of sophisticated musical experimentation. The Eugene Weekly places the sound “somewhere along the spectrum of acoustic-improvisational-gypsy-jazz…plucky and tight à la David Grisman” with “a dash of Eastern European exoticism that puts you in a smoky, understated hash bar kind of mood.” The Arcata Eye said “…listening to KMP is akin to being served an exotic meal (or mind altering beverage) one could never hope to replicate at home. You have to go out for this kind of stuff. Delicious.” The CD’s are out now on Sidenote records and available at music stores and itunes.

AQ – Gallywags Backbeat

Dragged by Horses: Calling Humboldt County California their home, Dragged by Horses hail from behind the redwood curtain. Humboldt has only two roads in and two roads out, located at least five hours from the nearest urban center. The isolation is exactly what drives Dragged by Horses and gives them the freedom to develop their crafts without outside input. This three-piece sonic assault (Pablo Midence – vocals and guitar, Jody Goldman – bass, and Chris Jaster – drums) has found Humboldt’s out of the way location with its beautiful, quiet scenery, and even its crushing poverty level to be inspirational forces that have helped them evolve beyond a typical stoner-rock band; describing themselves as sounding like a “natural disaster” or a “violence orchestra.” Dragged by Horses write heavy, sharp and intelligent tracks.

DbH – 1,000,000

Rooster McClintock: Rollin’ down out of the hills and hollows of Humboldt County, CA. come Rooster McClintock a group of friends on a mission to save country music from itself. In our lifetime, we’ve noticed the steady deterioration of the music that told the stories and hardships of our everyday lives. What happened to songs that meant something and actually provoked emotions we’ve all felt at one time or another?. Country music no longer wants to be your kin, your neighbor or your drinkin’ buddy like it has been for over 75 years, it wants your money. There’s a reason we all still pull out those old albums when it’s rainin’ or when we’re gonna play a round of poker over a couple of beers. It’s our roots.

Rooster McMySpace

The Bad Lilas: The Bad Lilas are made up of former members of The Rubberneckers B.T. Hollister and Greg Lojko, Colin Vance of The Striped Pig String Band, James Westfall and W. Scott Coulter. They play a blend of folk, bluegrass, old time and rock n’ roll in an acoustic setting. The Bad Lilas… “Not Just Another Boy Band.” – Arcata Eye Scene Blog

As always, volunteers needed! Email Jen via