GJ 1214b: is it good for surfing?

Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet. A steamy waterworld that is larger than Earth but smaller than Uranus. GJ 1214b was discovered in 2009, by the ground-based MEarth Project.

Described as a "Super-Earth," it is about 2.7 times Earth's diameter and weighs almost 7 times as much. Studies in 2010 led scientists to believe that the planet, where the temperature can reach up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, is largely covered in water.


Fog waves: surfing is not possible | Photo: JR Hott

Last week, remarkable images of wave clouds were captured by a helicopter pilot as they rolled off the sea and inland, completely engulfing buildings in Panama Beach City.

JR Hott of Panhandle Helicopter spotted the remarkable clouds, which look like waves cresting over the tall condominiums facing out onto the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Dr, Greg Forbes, of Weather.com, the phenomenon occurred as a result of warm, moist air forming "just right" as it blew into the coastline to create a low-lying fog that dissipates as the air cools with altitude.


The 2011 Wavemakers: thank you

On Saturday, the Surfrider Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff gathered at the Talega Golf Club in San Clemente to honor their 2011 Wavemakers.

This annual awards ceremony honors individuals and companies for their outstanding volunteer efforts and support during the previous year to help the Foundation fulfill its mission of protecting oceans, waves and beaches.

The Surfrider Foundation congratulates the 2011 Wavemaker Award recipients:

Coastal Impact Award
Peter Douglas

In 2011, Peter Douglas announced his retirement from the California Coastal Commission after 34 years (26 of them as Executive Director). Peter helped to write the Coastal Act of 1976, the guiding document for management of California’s coasts, and has devoted his life to executing the ideals of that Act. He has served under both Democratic and Republican governors and has been responsible for creating one of the most powerful state land-use agencies in existence. Peter’s retirement marks the lamentable loss of a hero in coastal protection. Surfrider Foundation is extremely appreciative for his years of commitment to our oceans, waves and beaches. His wisdom and guidance have bestowed upon California’s citizens and visitors a great service that is evidenced by our healthy and accessible coastal areas.