November 21, 2011


Saturday, November 26 be sure to catch Be sure to catch THE MERMEN at Moe’s Alley! This long-running Bay Area surf band is back in action, and they’re hitting Santa Cruz for a Surfrider benefit!

Moe’s Alley: 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 8:00ish Doors; 9:00 p.m. Showtime…

Nobody on stage sounds like this group-No Way! Slide by the Surfrider table at the gig and say “Aloha!” to the gang. Long-time Vol. Gary Pezzi will be leading the table crew.

So, grab your party gear and flip-flops and get your groove on with THE MERMEN and SURFRIDER!

Party down and help out YOUR SURFRIDER CHAPTER at the same time! Cool,      huh?OH YEAH!

November 2, 2011

Surfrider Night at Woodstock Pizza! Free Beer!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 7-9pm
Where: Woodstock Pizza Downtown

Come hang out with Surfrider and find out what going on with your local chapter.

PLUS: 1 free beer for members. if you bring someone who become a member, you get another free beer!

October 26, 2011

Santa Cruz’s water…tapwater now and in the future

See how new info affects Desal planning efforts and where your future tapwater may come from…

The Santa Cruz City Council will hold a Special Study Session to receive an update on the City’s water supply and demand projections. The public is encouraged to attend the Study Session on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to learn more about the updated water supply and demand projections that have been conducted to update the 2005 Integrated Water Plan.

For more information on the study session or the City’s Integrated Water Plan please contact Bill Kocher at or by phone at 831- 420-5200 or visit the City of Santa Cruz website:

October 26, 2011

The rain is a-coming-capture some of it…Start your own OFG

That’s an Ocean Friendly Garden.

Prevent runoff…water your plants…save some dough..2 chances coming up 

Rainwater Harvesting 

Saturday, October 29, 2011  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Golden Love of Love’s Gardens will teach this DIY installation and tour of infiltration galleries, basins, and bio-swales to harvest rainwater. Cost is $45.
Register online now!

Here is an outline of the day ( 10 am – 4 pm ) 

Registration, food and drinks
Welcome, introductions, and layout of the day
Short Powerpoint on Water Neutral Gardens, Infiltration Galleries, Basins and Bio Swales
Primer on Image J design software:  participants will be designing their own rainwater harvesting system
Walking tour of rainwater catchment systems in neighborhood
Lunch (Walk to demo site)
Talk and pictures by Angie Stuart from Resource Conservation District:  examples of systems in Santa Cruz County
Building an actual infiltration gallery at a Westside residence…..some initial work will already be done
Closing:  connecting with each other…supporting each other’s goals

Rain Harvesting and Water Storage Demonstration, Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to noon, Pro-Build Garden Center, 235 River St., Santa Cruz, 423-0223. Rainwater harvesting displays in parking lot, demonstrated by Bruce Hallinan from Bushman Systems of Temecula. Bring your questions, learn how to irrigate your garden while preventing runoff that can pollute waterways and cause erosion. Event is free.

September 13, 2011

October General Meeting: Plastics in the Ocean

Where: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
When: Tuesday, October 11th @ 7pm

A general overview of the plastic pollution issues we now face in our oceans. There will be a series of 4 films depicting the state of the plastic plague in our oceans and what some groups are doing about it.

This presention was given at the “State of the Oceans” summit in San Jose, Costa Rica in august of this year.

Presented by Dustin Macdonald, Chair, Surfrider Santa Cruz

August 8, 2011

Community Meeting regarding the East Cliff Drive Parkway Project

When: Monday, Aug. 8th @ 7pm
Where: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz

We have received numerous calls from our membership about the Pleasure Point bluff top improvement phase that just started last week. We were going to focus our monthly meeting around this topic.

However, now the RDA and Supervisor John Leopold have scheduled a meeting for Monday, Aug. 8th, at 7pm.

So, we are canceling our monthly Surfrider meeting (since it the next day at the same time on the same topic) and strongly encouraging our membership to attend the community meeting.

Here is a link to the RDA website with project information, click here.

July 11, 2011

Surfrider at The Crepe Place!

When: Tuesday July 12th, 6:30 – 8pm.

Where: The Crepe Place
1134 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Come join Surfrider for a Crepe and a Beer!

Surfrider Members get a Free Beer on us! Or, if you become a member that night, you get a free beer too!

Find out the latest happenings at your local Surfrider chapter in a festive, casual atmosphere, and GREAT food!

June 5, 2011

June 2, 2011: Save Our Surf Launches 16th Year

Photo Mike WallaceFor the 16th consecutive summer, Couch Distributing has committed to help raise $10,000 in support of Surfrider Santa Cruz’s projects and campaigns through the annual Save Our Surf Program.

Started in 1996 by the local distributor of Anheuser-Busch beers and other beverages, the Save Our Surf program has raised more than $150,000 for Surfrider Santa Cruz (Couch pledges a nickel to the Santa Cruz Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for every case of Budweiser and Bud Light sold in Santa Cruz County between Memorial Day and Labor Day).

The money has been used to rent office space, improve the lab where Surfrider conducts its weekly water quality tests, support outreach to local schools, purchase storm-drain stencils and conduct monthly beach cleanups. Couch Distributing’s support has also sponsored print advertising to inform the public of Surfrider’s activities, including:

Monthly Beach Clean-Ups

The first Saturday of the month (11 am to 1 pm), we walk a local beach and clean-up trash.


SHOW OF SUPPORT: In a sunset ceremony at the Walton Lighthouse at the mouth of the harbor, a check for $10,000 was presented to Surfrider. Participating were, from left, Kelly Vander Kaay and Dustin Macdonald of the Santa Cruz Chapter and Dave Chapatte and Louie Pieracci of Couch Distributing (photo Mike Wallace).

Ocean Friendly Gardens Program

We educate and assist people in creating landscapes that utilize native plants, permeable groundcovers and water retention features to prevent urban runoff, create wildlife habitat and design beautiful spaces.

Education Program

With visits to local schools, universities, and businesses, lesson plans for teachers — and through events like beach clean ups — we hope to inspire the next generation to get stoked about conserving our oceans.

Storm Drain Stenciling

To help prevent ocean pollution, we stencil local storm drains with the words “No Dumping Drains to Ocean”.

Weekly Water Quality Testing

Through our Blue Water Task Force Program, we identify problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raise public awareness and work to find and implement pollution solutions.


Rise Above Plastics works to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

For more information, see:

Couch Distributing’s Save Our Surf Page
Ads in this week’s Good Times (p. 13) and Metro Santa Cruz (p.8) – June 2, 2011

To volunteer with our chapter, contact us at:

phone: 831-476-7667

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