Aliens: they've invaded our beaches'

Today clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are launching a new campaign after witnessing UFOs invading UK beaches. SAS’s UFOs campaign of course refers to Unidentified Floating Objects!

The new campaign calls on the public to help identify persistent marine litter and allows them to upload their own UFOs, in the hope that SAS can trace the polluters and change their damaging industrial practices.

SAS have captured 2 types of mysterious UFO and are calling on the public’s expertise to help identify what they are used for, by whom and where. Armed with this information SAS will be able to trace the polluter and work with them to prevent these UFO invading our beaches in future.

SAS are also calling on beach users all over the UK to be vigilant when on their local beaches. If you witness a UFO on your beach, and if it’s safe to do so, capture it and send it to SAS’s Area 51 gallery by post or send an image and we’ll upload it. From here we can call on experts all over the world to aid us with identifying these UFO.

SAS Campaign Director Andy Cummins says: “These Unidentified Floating Objects, or UFOs as we know them, are invading our beaches all over the UK. You can be an active and important part of this campaign. With your knowledge and expertise we can trace the UFOs origins and bring a stop to these alien invaders by tackling the polluting companies.”

Chris Malone: a Kiwi surfing star

The one event that unites all New Zealand surfers right from the Under 14 through to the Over 55s and everyone in between is geared up to hit Gisborne during the Easter break. The Hyundai National Surfing Championships will take place from the 1st – 5th of April and will showcase the best surfers in New Zealand.

The Hyundai National Championships is the fourth of five events on the 2009/10 Export Gold Series.

The event, traditionally held during early summer for the past 20 years, was moved to the April dates after New Zealand secured the World Junior Championships held at Piha during January. The change in dates look set to provide the event with some great waves as yet another weather system passes by the East Coast of New Zealand pushing swell into the Gisborne area.

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Rich Harbour: golden hands

Inspired by the life and work of master surfboard shaper, Rich Harbour, this 144 page, full color hard cover book includes essays by Mike Marshall, C.R. Stecyk III, Steve Pezman and Mitchell De Jarnett. Rich Harbour and many of the other contributors to the book will be here signing copies so don't miss this opportunity!

A limited quantity of books will be available at this event for the retail price of $29.95. Special Edition books available at $49.95. The publication includes many heretofore unpublished, historic photographs by Rich Harbour, Peter Brouillet, Leo Hetzel, Leroy Grannis, and Sean Collins.

At this event, a silent auction will be held for the special quiver of 'Museum Edition' Surfboards designed by Rich Harbour especially for this show. In addition, a Limited Edition (#3 of an edition of a only five! ) 50th Anniversary Harbour Surfboard made of Curly Redwood / Balsa, valued at $10,000, and many of the art images used in the exhibit will be included in this charity auction.

The Surfrider Foundation and OCC Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will benefit from the proceeds of this auction so please come bid on a piece of surfing history, support responsible stewardship of our coastal resources, and the arts at OCC as well.

Rich Harbour has been shaping since 1959 and has crafted more than 29,000 surfboards. Vintage Harbours are sought by collectors around the world who are eager to own a board handcrafted by one of surfing’s greatest living board builders.

Rich still works every day, sculpting these exquisitely crafted surfboards in the oldest continuously operating shape room at 329 Main St. in Seal Beach, CA. After 50 years of shaping, he remains a vital influence on the art and design of the modern surfboard.