Surf Rider Foundation

Yesterday was a great day for the coast! The California Coastal Commission voted 8-2 to reject the planned 241 Toll Road and to protect Trestles and San Onofre State Beach.

Thousands turned out for this historic meeting in Del Mar, making it clear to the commissioners that the destruction of state parks and coastal resources is unacceptable.

The record-breaking crowd was comprised of a diverse cross-section of beach users including surfers, students, families, seniors, fishermen as well as a large number of Native American tribal representatives. Also on hand was a massive contingent from the surf industry, including various manufacturers, shapers, media representatives and pro athletes.

“Our supporters have logged countless volunteer hours on this campaign over the last several years,” said Moriarty. “Last night’s decision was an incredible affirmation for their efforts, and a testament to the power of grassroots activism.”

Many of you sent letters to the Commission and to the Governor asking that this road be blocked.  Many of you told the Commission on YouTube to protect our state park and beach.  And many of you showed up to the meeting prepared to demonstrate to the commission and the world that our parks and coasts are not to be destroyed.

Of course Surfrider Foundation didn't do this alone.  We want to thank our partners with the Sierra Club, CA State Parks Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Endangered Habitats League, Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, WildCoast and countless others. 

While this decision is likely not the death knell for the toll road we would like, there will be a major uphill battle for them to overcome.  We will be there at every step to trip them up and we will need your continuing support.  If you haven't, please consider joining Surfrider Foundation and getting involved in your local chapter.

Source: Surfrider Foundation

ISA Schools

The business of running surf schools in a professional way remains a key subject for the ISA. As surfing continues to experience explosive growth, so does the need to grow the surfing schools sector in a professional and orderly manner.

From the very beginner all the way to the top professional surfers, surfing education is a key element for the development of surfing. Running surfing schools under worldwide standards will provide for years of sustained growth for schools

When looking at the world of surf schools its fair to say we see a "mixed bunch", some small, some large, some struggling to survive, some with thriving business, some regulated by government and some not.

A certainty is that the sport of surfing will continue to expand in every country and with this increased popularity will come Government controls that require a professional approach to the business of running a surf school.  

The ISA has continued its work in the process of appointing "official presenters" around the world for its coaching (surfing instructors) accreditation courses.  Currently the ISA has Surfing NZ, Surfing Australia, Hiro Takahashi & Matt Sato - Coombe at AIP Japan, Marcos Conde at CBS Brasil, Johnny Nesslinger at Austrian Surfing and Alessandro Dini at Viareggio Surf school, Italy.

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Chris Ward

ASP World Tour surfer Chris Ward (USA) has relinquished his spot in the first event of the year, the 2008 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, to replacement surfer Nic Muscroft (AUS).

Ward, who is currently facing criminal charges after an alleged altercation outside of a bar in Mammoth Lakes, California, last month, will not surf the season opener, but plans to compete at the second event on the 2008 tour in Bells Beach, Australia in March.

He is also slated to surf in two events of the upcoming Australian leg of the ASP’s World Qualifying Series (WQS).

As per the original statement released last month, the ASP has investigated the matter and will await the outcome of the court case before making any decisions on Ward’s eligibility to compete on tour. At present, no court dates have been set.

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