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.


O'Neill dolphin: surfer boy

Marine mammals dive to various depths continuously throughout their lives. They dive to feed, rest, play, and numerous other activities. However, the physiological changes their bodies incur during these dives is not fully understood.

As part of this study, Long Marine Laboratory scientist are looking at the heart rate of diving marine mammals and how it may change over the course of a dive during different levels of activity.

Could heart rate be a key factor in why it is believed marine mammals do not suffer from pressure related illnesses like human divers? This is one of many questions that may be answered.


Plastic water: no PVC in the Big Island

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed legislation banning businesses from handing out free plastic shopping bags.

The Big Island now joins the islands of Maui and Kauai in the ban of plastic bags. Kenoi acknowledged plastic bags often become litter when he said, "this bill holds the promise of keeping our island clean, healthy and safe, and we need to finish the job."

The bill will go into effect on January 17, 2013, and under this law, retail stores will not be allowed to offer plastic bags to their customers, at the checkout counter.