Celebrity Surfers: no, it isn't a reality show

With help from a cadre of surfing celebrities, the Surfrider Foundation was able to raise $29,600 – a 500% increase in funds raised from last year - at their 5th annual Celebrity Expression Session this past weekend, to help the Foundation continue its efforts towards protecting our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

This year’s event, which was hosted by musician Martyn Lenoble and fiancée, actress Christina Applegate, and sponsored by Barefoot Wine, Cali Bamboo and the Malibu Surfing Association, drew an eclectic mix of celebrities from world of music, film, and television.

The celebrities, which included Anthony Kiedis and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction’s bassist Eric Avery, and actors Austin Nichols, Brian Geraghty, Eric Balfour and Sam Trammell, were all treated to a rare opportunity; the chance to surf Malibu’s famed First Point all by themselves.

For each wave caught and ridden, event sponsors donated $200. Additionally, away from the water, celebrities encouraged their social network followers to make donations to the Surfrider Foundation and raised an additional $4,600.

Here’s what the surfers had to say about the Celebrity Expression Session:

“Surfrider is bringing about the importance that we have clean and safe beaches not only for ourselves, but for future generations. This is a gift we have been given and we need to maintain it, take care of it, and love it. I love the creatures that dwell in it. I’m really happy to be a part of this” – co-host Christina Applegate

“I’m thrilled to be here for the Surfrider Foundation for this Celebrity Expression Session. I recently got really, really angry about the oil spill in the Gulf and that is what got me going on this. I’m really happy to be a part of Surfrider and try to raise money for you guys.” – Austin Nichols

“Today was amazing. I got to hang out for an hour in the water surfing and having fun and supporting the Surfrider Foundation with some of the coolest artists around. I got to surf with Flea and Anthony Kiedis those guys are my heroes…my idols growing up. Surfrider made my day. And I’m just so happy to support what they do. And you should do. Go to surfrider.org become a member. Save the ocean.” – Eric Balfour

Turnagain Arm bore tide: a never ending pleasure

A group of Stand Up Paddle surfers has enjoyed te pleasures of the Turnagain Arm bore tides.

Scott Dickerson led Eric Newberry, Dave Calkins and Mike McCune through a glassy surfing session near the Seward Highway, by the Kenai Mountains.

These SUP surfers rode the incoming tide from Peterson Creek to as far as the Twenty Mile River.

The photo was captured by Scott Dickerson's paramotor.

Michael Burling: like ballet

On Saturday the 11th of September, the 60 contestant strong draw of the 2010 North Island Longboard Champs took to the water at Forestry Beach, Mangawhai.

Conditions were extremely challenging, with 1-2ft waves (the odd 3ft set as the day progressed) and an onshore Nor-east wind - a multiple peak contest situation. With many of NZ's top longboarders present at the event however, there was an amazing display of surfing put on.

Despite the poor weather conditions, the vibe of the day was overwhelmingly positive. The contest provided a great opportunity for a catch up, with longboarders having travelled from as far afield as Dunedin, Gisborne and Wanganui - a fantastic turn out from the longboarding community. Many kept their hands warm by the BBQ put on to help NZ Surfing Team representative Thomas Kibblewhite get to the ISA World Surfing Games taking place in Peru later this year.

Ultimately, it was Michael Burling (Wanganui) that took out first place of the Fletcher Construction Open Mens division, with a powerful and fluid display of surfing. After being announced as the winner at the formal prize giving, Burling went on to say that he intended to take a 3 year break from competitive surfing and was "really happy to go out with a bang".

The official results were as follows:

Fletcher Construction Opens Mens:
1st: Michael Burling (Wanganui)
2nd: Owen Barnes (Mt. Maunganui)
3rd: Dylan Barnfield (Ohope)
4th: Kelly Ryan (Gisborne)

SONY Open Womens:
1st: Belinda Goodwin (Raglan)
2nd: Mischa Davis (Piha)
3rd: Shelley Jones (Orewa)
4th: Hannah Howard (Orewa)

Sanuk Over 50's:
1st: Michael Thompson (Raglan)
2nd: Paul Browne (Orewa)
3rd: Rupert Newbold (Whangerei)
4th: Rob Bayes (Orewa)

Skull Candy Under 18's:
1st: Branko Vela (Takapuna)
2nd: Jae Kilgour (St. Clair)
3rd: Blake Zuill (Red Beach)
4th: Sam Haven (Muriwai)

The Morris Surfboard Charity Raffle was won by Paul (Brownie) Browne who took home a brand new 9ft Morris Surfboard. A total of $370 was raised and will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust.