- 17 September 2009 | Environment
On Saturday, September 19, Surf City USA celebrates Huntington Beach’s Centennial with a tribute to the city’s surf heritage and coastal environment with the much-anticipated “Surfboards in the Sand.”
Thousands of surfers, and lovers of surf culture, will gather with their surfboards on Huntington City Beach adjacent the famed HB Pier to be a part of the world’s largest surf photo commemorating 50 years of professional surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier.
Produced by the Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau, “Surfboards in the Sand” encourages surf enthusiasts to demonstrate their devotion to protecting the ocean environment while celebrating California’s classic beach lifestyle.
- 09 September 2009 | Environment
Celebrities from music, film and television will unite to raise ocean awareness at the Surfrider Foundation’s 4th Annual Celebrity Expression Session at First Point, Surfrider Beach in Malibu as part of the Malibu Surfing Association’s MSA Classic invitational contest.
Truly a one-of-a-kind event, the Celebrity Expression Session allows celebrities to show off their surfing skills and moves in a free surf format, while raising funds and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation. Past participants including Jason Mraz, Sal Masekela, David Chokachi, Minnie Driver, Flea and Brandon Boyd have raised over $5,000 for the Foundation and its continued efforts to protect our coastlines.
"This isn’t some wingy ‘push the celebrity into a wave' type of event," says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications. "These guys are going to be out there working First Point to raise money to help keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean."
- 18 August 2009 | Environment
This year, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) asked all UK water companies if they had any plans to reduce their sewage treatment outside the bathing season (May – September). Outside the bathing season is usually the best period for surf in the UK and reducing sewage treatment increases the health risks for surfers and waveriders.
When SAS asked Scottish Water if they planned to reduce their sewage treatment, thus increasing the health risk to surfers and waveriders, they replied with “It is not a question of switching off treatment outside the bathing season, but rather switching on extra treatment during it”. Just how stupid do they think we are?
Pease Bay is one of the places Scottish Water plan to reduce the levels of sewage treatment outside the bathing season. It is also one of Scotland’s most popular surfing breaks, consistently producing its best surf from September to April, and therefore is most heavily used outside the bathing season.
SAS is urging the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to carry out a survey on water user numbers and investigate the risk to their health by Scottish Water’s actions as this bathing season finishes.
Until SEPA have conducted a comprehensive survey into user numbers and the impacts of reducing sewage treatment at Pease Bay, SAS are calling on SEPA to ensure Scottish Water provide a clean and safe environment for Scottish water users and treat the sewage discharge at Pease Bay to the highest level (UV disinfection, tertiary treatment).
SAS applaud water companies all over the UK who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, however, this cannot come at the cost of increased health risks for surfers and waveriders. SAS are calling on water companies to generate clean and sustainable energy through their sewage treatment process and embrace new technologies that will allow them to harness more of this energy and increase efficiency.