Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 20, 2010 International Surfing Day


life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes by approx. 40 people
71.7 pounds
301.3 pounds total

Want to learn more about the Community Collection, and how you can participate? Go here.
It was appropriate that Surfrider picked tower 26 in Santa Monica to hold their International Surf Day festivities. I count 12 surfers in just this photograph, but they stretched far on either side as well.
TEAM MARINE of Santa Monica High showed up in force. Kou, all the way to the left in this picture, not only won a prize for collecting the most trash, but also for the most unusual piece of trash collected. A picture of the prize worthy object is included further down in this post.

BEN KAY - Marine Biologist, teacher and T.M. coach is holding up one of thousands of sand toys that will be stranded at the beach this summer. For more about this award winning eco-action group, go here!!
Kou's prize winning piece of trash - a black wax candle in the shape of a naked woman......yikes.
Some other contenders were:
a tent stake
guitar pick
roller skate wheel
blue plastic soccer marker

Here is the winner for largest piece of trash - folded foam insulation....
How did it get to the beach?
Most of the many wonderful Surfrider volunteers with a representative from Channel Islands Surfboards. Next to me, (I'm on the end at the right) was Mike Takahashi who organized the whole damn thing, good job Mike!
Aqua Surf School contacted Surfrider when they heard we were throwing this event and offered free boards, lessons and wet suits to the volunteers. How cool is that!?!
Here is their tent - find them online here.
A Koa Surfboard from Arbor. Arbor is all about sustainable and environmentally sound materials to make kick ass surfboards, snowboards and skateboards. They have a great shop in Venice. Check them out.
I wish I had gotten a better picture of the setup behind Arbor. They are a street ware company called ENDEMIC that started up last November and is partnering with Surfrider on a number of events this summer. Check them out!

All in all it was a great day to be out there on the beach. It doesn't matter how many pounds, or ounces, you collected off the beach. Added all together we got over 70 pounds off the sand, which is tremendous. We do what we can in the day that we're in. Thanks for being a part of I.S.D. this year.