Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation chapters in Oregon are participating in the state’s marine reserve & marine protected area (MPA) process.

The planning effort is being guided by nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties.

On October 1st, the proposal period closed for recommending potential sites for designation in Oregon’s Territorial Sea.

Surfrider members participated in the development of five marine reserve proposals, including nominations off Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, Port Orford, and Pistol River.

The proposed areas incorporate multiple habitat types (e.g., rocky reef, kelp canopy) and are intended to minimize impacts to ocean users.

All proposals received by the state are now subject to several phases of evaluation based on ecological and socioeconomic criteria.

Marine protected areas (MPAs), including fully protected marine reserves, are part of an ecosystem-based approach to management, and have been used around the world to help protect and restore ocean ecosystems.

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Embarcadere

The spot “l’Embarcadere”, located in La Tranche-sur-Mer, almost disappeared. Indeed, in order to help access for sailors, the construction of a breakwater was foreseen and it threatened the spot. This wave is well-known among all surfers of the Atlantic Coast because of its exceptional quality for beginners thanks to the safety it offers.

The Town Hall of La Tranche-sur-Mer had transferred the request of Maupas Plaisance association to the Maritime Equipment Local Direction for the set up of a break wave. The Local Direction gave an unfavorable response to this request.

The combined actions of Surfrider Foundation Europe, Surf Session magazine and Ocean Surf Report allowed to the mobilization of the public opinion through a petition against this project. This conflict opposed sailors and surfers; the interests at stakes were reviewed and the spot was saved!

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Aaron Hadlow 

The Eco-Surfboard auction is not the only fundraising auction helping to raise money for SAS next week!

UK kitesurf champion and PKRA World Tour rider Johara Sykes-Davies was pondering over some questionable items floating past her one day, and decided to get together with SAS and the Turbulence Extreme Sports crew to give us at SAS a hand.

An original Krunk carbon twin tip board from Fuerteventura, kindly donated by Charlie from Flexifoil Kites, has accompanied Johara to every 2008 PKRA event and all the PKRA riders, event crew, plus some other kiting celebrities have signed the one side of the board and stickered the other.

The board has been encased by North Walian carpenter Derek 'Degsy' Link and is surrounded by photos of its journey.

The board will be auctioned through eBay between Tuesday 21st and Tuesday 28th October 08.

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