SURFRIDER, SANTA CRUZ PRESENTS: THE SURF-SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATING THE SANTA CRUZ WORLD SURFING RESERVE
Surf-shorts Film Festival
Hosted by Santa Cruz Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
A film event to celebrate the dedication of Santa Cruz as a World Surfing Reserve
YES, this is about YOU and your video cam. Get cranking and Get famous!
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Santa Cruz chapter of Surfrider is hosting a shorts film festival at the Del Mar Theater on April 26, 2012 to celebrate the dedication of Santa Cruz as a World Surfing Reserve. Filmmakers are invited to submit surfing and coastal themed films that feature the coasts of Santa Cruz County. A volunteer jury will select several films to be screened at the festival (along with a professional feature-length film). Films must be no more than six minutes long.
There are two categories for submitting entries: a Juniors category (filmmakers must be 16 and under) and a General category (anyone can enter).
All entries must be received at the Santa Cruz Surfrider office (2222 East Cliff Drive #234, Santa Cruz CA 95062) by Thursday April 5, 2012. Entries may be mailed via USPS or submitted in person.
We only require that filmmakers are current members of Surfrider, Santa Cruz. If you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership go to http://www.surfrider.org/membership. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form, which can be found at www.surfridersantacruz.org.
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QUESTIONS? CONTACT FILM@SURFRIDERSANTACRUZ.ORG
YES! YES! YES!
WE’RE STOKED THAT THE DEDICATION DAY FOR THE SANTA CRUZ WORLD SURFING RESERVE IS COMING UP AND WE HOPE YOU ARE TOO!
This is truly a global honor for our coastline, and one, in our opinion, that is well-deserved. We don’t think of our home as “Surf City Santa Cruz” for nothing! So, get ready to participate in the celebrations!
Surfriders’s “Short Short Film Festival, Celebrating the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve” is part of the community-wide lead-up to the dedication day, of course, but YOU are invited and encouraged to participate, too!
Did you know that both the City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County have declared the month of April 2012, “World Surfing Reserve Month” in the city and county? Our “Short Surf Film Fest Celebrating the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve” is part of the community-wide build-up to the big dedication events,of course, and YOU are invited to celebrate, too!
This invites all of you to craft a celebration event of your own. Families, classrooms, schools, clubs, service organizations, businesses, and environmental groups….well, everybody….is encouraged to host your very own event, big or small, ” Celebrating the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve.”
Get out there and be part of this community celebration! Need an excuse for a party? This is it! AND…any event, big or small, that you create, please let us know at the address below. We’ll list your event in the community events taking place in April. AND take a few good PIX if you can, because we want to eventually put up a SCWSR website, and we’ll post your event and pix on the page.
LOCAL STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: email@example.com
“Official” dedication events include: April 27, 7p.m to 11 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove on the beach. The Local Stewardship Council (BTW, Chapter Chair Dustin Macdonald and Chapter Vice-Chair Jim Littlefied are both members of this group) for the SCWSR hosts the “First Annual Cold Waterman’s Bash, Celebrating the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve”.
This event is a fund-raiser and celebration, and will feature the music of Dan P. and the Bricks, kicking off around 9 p.m.
Also on hand will the the Pleasure Point Brass Band, the Santa Cruz Hula School, the Santa Cruz Ukulele Club and the one-of-a-kind “Evolution of the Wet Suit Fashion Show”. Trust us on this one: You gotta see it to believe it! Doors open at 7 p.m.
No-Host Bar, snacks, and a whole lot of people who want to kick-back and celebrate! Meet the LSC members: Hilary Bryant, Jane McKenzie, Mark Stone, John Leopold, Dan Young, Brian Kilpatrick, Dustin Macdonald, and Jim Littlefield, various surf and regional VIPs, and say “Hi!” to the SCWSR Ambassadors: Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, Kyle Thiermann, Sarah Gerhardt, Jamilah Star and Ken “Skindog” Collins.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT www.worldsurfingreserves.org and at www.savethewaves.org Early Bird Special: $25
Next morning, April 28, the dedication events start at 10 a.m at Pleasure Point, in partnership with the Big Stick Surfin’ Association’s Log Jam. (BTW. GREAT annual event, OLD BOARDS: NO CORDS! Get your old-school surf vibe fix at this very cool event!) The Log Jam’s first heat is 7:00 a.m.
There will be a traditional Native American Blessing by local Ohlone elder and Shaman Patrick Orozco, an original song byAshley Lloyd, presentation of a SCWSR ceremonial Plaque, and a MONSTER PADDLE OUT to celebrate the day! SURFERS: MAKE IT OUT TO THE POINT THAT SATURDAY MORNING AND JOIN THE PADDLE OUT! BE PART OF LOCAL SURF HISTORY!
IN FACT, BRING YOUR FAM, YOUR BUDS, YOUR CLUB…YOU GET THE IDEA!
Moving on…In the afternoon of April 28, the dedication action moves up to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum overlooking Steamer Lane for a formal dedication ceremony. WSR officials will dedicate the new Surfing Reserve–the forth such iconic site thus honored, so far. A few speakers will tell us why SC is now a WSR, and highlight unique surf history. Ashley Lloyd will graciously perform to welcome the forming crowd. Several of the Santa Cruz Woodies Club will display their cool surf-vehicles, and the Surfing Museum will have some old boards (like a redwood plank board) and wetsuits on display.
Environmental and coastal protection groups are all invited to host a booth or table at the event and the Environmental Fair that follows until about 4 p.m. So far, the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Save Our Shores, and the Clean Ocean Project. will be on hand.
THIS ONLY HAPPENS ONCE, SO DON’T WAIT! GET YOUR PRO-OCEAN GROUP IN THE EVENT!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND JOIN THE CELEBRATION!
Come and join us at El Palomar in downtown Santa Cruz tonight from 7-10pm for our annual swellebration event where we honor our volunteers and long time contributor-Couch Distributing. Free drink for new and old members so bring along a friend to sign up and join in the festivities. Appetizers, music, surf movies and more.
Music by Ashley Lloyd www.ashleylloydmusic.com.
We’ll also be holding our Chapter Elections so if you would like to run for Treasurer, Secretary or Volunteer Coordinator give us a call.
See you there!
Hey, all you surfriders out there, the Santa Cruz Chapter really, really needs your help!
WHY? YOU ASK?
PU..LEEESE, STEP UP AND VOLUNTEER FOR A SURFRIDER LEADER GIG. WE TRY TO HAVE FUN WITH ALL WE DO, BUT SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE THE NECESSARY DECISIONS AND KEEP THE CHAPTER RUNNING SMOOTHLY.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN AS A CHAPTER OFFICER.
SURFRIDER, SANTA CRUZ NEEDS:
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR(S): VERY IMPORTANT POSITION(S). CONTACT NEW VOLS AND SEE WHERE THEY FIT BEST IN CHAPTER ACTIVITIES; HELP RECRUIT A GROUP OF TABLING FOLKS TO MAN SURFRIDER INFO TABLES AT A VARIETY OF LOCAL EVENTS; HELP SCHEDULE VOLS AT LOCAL EVENTS.
SECRETARY: MORE LIKE A “SECRETARY OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS” THAN THE USUAL INTERPRETATION. THIS POSITION, LIKE VOL COORDINATORS HAS FULL VOTING AUTHORITY ON CHAPTER ACTIVITIES.
TREASURER: ARE YOU A RETIRED ACCOUNTANT WITH A FEW HOURS TO SPARE? EVER DONE BOOKEEPING AS A JOB OR FOR A SMALL BUSINESS? THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL POSITION WITH ANY SURFRIDER CHAPTER, AND WE ALL SINCERELY APPRECIATE A STEADY HAND AT THE CHECKBOOK.
BEACH CLEANUP COORDINATOR: YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT THIS ONE, RIGHT? EVERY FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH YOU LEAD A BEACH CLEANUP FOR THE SANTA CRUZ CHAPTER. CLEANUPS ARE A VERY POPULAR ENTRY-LEVEL ACTIVITY, AND YOU’RE SURE TO MEET A TON OF INTERESTING PEOPLE!
YEP, NO FOOLING WITH THIS ANNOUCEMENT: WE NEED HELP!! AND WE NEED IT RIGHT NOW!! ASAP. PRONTO.
IF YOU’RE READY TO STEP UP AND VOLUNTEER WITH SURFRIDER, PLEASE, CONTACT OUR CHAIR, DUSTIN MACDONALD AT firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US CONTINUE TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT OUR OCEANS, WAVES AND BEACHES!
AND THIS JUST ADDED: WE’D REALLY LIKE TO HAVE A “FOAM COLLECTOR” VOLUNTEER, A VERY EASY GIG. HUH? YOU SAY. SURFRIDER DOESN’T COLLECT POLYSTYRENE FOAM.
RIGHT YOU ARE….BUT WE SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AT “WASTE TO WAVES” WHO DO!
SO, TO HELP THEM OUT, WE’D LIKE A SURFRIDER VOLUNTEER TO COLLECT THE DONATED FOAM BLOCKS AT O’NEILL SURF SHOP ON 41stAVE, & AT RIPCURL ON 41st AND on MISSION STREET and TRANSPORT THE STUFF TO STRETCH SURFBOARDS OFF 17TH AVE IN LIVE OAK, WHERE THEY HAVE THE SPACE TO STORE THIS STUFF UNTIL PICK-UP MAY BE ARRANGED TO PROCESS IT INTO NEW SURFBOARD BLANKS.
GREAT PROJECT, HUH? AND YOU COULD REALLY HELP BY DOING A SIMPLE, BRIEF COLLECTION RUN WHEN NEEDED. CONTACT email@example.com to VOLUNTEER!
NOW, DON’T MISS THIS EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE WASTE EPS FOAM INTO SOMETHING REALLY USEFUL!
SURFRIDER CHAPTER MEETING, JANUARY 10
Yes, we’re talking about something positive to do with all that EPS foam packaging that everyone gets in products they buy, especially during the Holiday season. Listen up now, OK?
First thing to do: Collect All of Your Waste EPS Foam!
You probably got it when you bought a new TV, computer, or some furniture. Most cities don’t let you recycle this, and our coast is no different. It just feels wrong to throw it into the trash can. A much higher use for this foam is to turn it directly into a new surfboard blank. That’s right: A NEW SURFBOARD BLANK!
The program only accepts clean, white, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. This is exactly the same foam used inside EPS/epoxy surfboards, and it can be recycled many times into new EPS.
Please learn exactly what types of foam can be donated, and what types cannot. In essence, it must be hard white foam used in packaging. If the foam has been used to hold food, or is soft or flexible, we can’t make surfboards out of it..
TURN YOUR TRASH INTO SPLASH!
Our monthly chapter general meeting fill feature Sustainable Surf’s Waste to Waves program. The program collects EPS polystyrene and turns it into surf boards. VERY COOL!
Chapter Chair Dustin Macdonald welcomes guest speaker Sustainable Surf Co-Founder and former SF Chapter volunteer, Kevin Whilden
As many of you remember our Santa Cruz Chapter has long been involved with the polystyrene issue and, like you, we are deeply frustrated that no way to recycle this stuff exists in our county through normal channels.
In fact, we are still working on strengthening polystyrene food container bans around the area. Visit our meeting and sign a group letter to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in support of upgrading the existing polystyrene ordinance. Surfrider makes is EASY for you to get active!
While large scale recycling of polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) products is not available in Santa Cruz or nearby counties, this limited program is an excellent solution for the disposal problem in the mean time, and we urge all of you to give it a go!
Remember: No food-stained items; No “peanuts”; only clean uncontaminated EPS blocks.
Hear the drill at our everyone-invited meeting, and learn where local drop-off spots are.
HELP GET THIS STUFF OFF OUR BEACHES, OCEANS, AND WAVES AND OUT OF THE LANDFILL, TOO!
SANTA CRUZ TO BE DEDICATED AS A “WORLD SURFING RESERVE” APRIL 28, 2012 WSRs ALSO ANNOUNCES “LOCAL STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL”
OK, HEADS UP! WE’RE POSTING THIS PRESS RELEASE FOR OUR FRIENDS AT THE SANTA CRUZ WORLD SURFING RESERVE. THIS IS A BIG HONOR FOR OUR LOCAL COAST, AND WE’RE STOKED TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT AND HELP CELEBRATE THE DEDICATION!
SO, YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW SURFRIDER, SANTA CRUZ SUPPORTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SCWSR ALL THE WAY. IT IS A FORM OF COASTAL AND SURF BREAK PROTECTION…AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT.
December 12, 2011– World Surfing Reserves announced today that the dedication ceremony for the Santa Cruz, California, World Surfing Reserve will be on April 28, 2012. The ceremony will officially establish the Santa Cruz coastline as a World Surfing Reserve in Santa Cruz City and County, the third iconic surfing location to be so enshrined following Malibu, California and Ericeira, Portugal.
The Santa Cruz zone was approved in February 2011 as an official World Surfing Reserve. The Santa Cruz Reserve, approximately 11 km (7 miles) of coast extending from Natural Bridges State Park on the western end to the Opal Cliffs just east of Pleasure Point, is a stretch of cold-water dream waves along a breathtaking coastline that boasts one of the most robust coastal and marine ecosystems on the planet. The region is characterized by a unique surf culture with a deep-rooted history of surfing including credit as the birthplace of surfing in North America. The zone is best known for the iconic spots at Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, both world-renowned righthand pointbreaks.
“Throughout the world Santa Cruz is synonymous with cold-water surfing and known for its progressive environmental ethos,” said Dean LaTourrette, Executive Director of Save The Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves Executive Committee Member. “Its dedication as the third World Surfing Reserve will help focus environmental protection of the surf zone locally as well as serve as a global model for stewardship of coastal regions.”
World Surfing Reserves is also pleased to announce the formation of the Local Stewardship Council for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve This group, including community activists, environmentalists, elected officials, and surf industry representatives, will create a Local Stewardship Plan and will work to oversee the management of the Santa Cruz Reserve. Jim Littlefield, who serves as the West Coast Environmental Projects Director for Surfers’ Environmental Alliance will chair the Santa Cruz Local Stewardship Council. Additionally the council will include:
and Brian Kilpatrick.
“Santa Cruz is the documented birthplace of surfing on the North American continent and surfing and surf culture are key elements of our communities’ public image,” said Jim Littlefield. ”I’m pleased to represent the reserve through the Local Stewardship Council – this is a true global honor for Santa Cruz.”
In addition to the Local Stewards, an array of high profile surfers will serve as Ambassadors for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve including
Robert “Wingnut” Weaver,
and Ken “Skindog” Collins.
These ambassadors have been selected for their contributions to the sport of surfing, the Santa Cruz community, and the coastal environment. They will help to promote the long-term conservation of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve.
“What better spot than Santa Cruz for a World Surfing Reserve?” remarked Skindog. “This place has it all, and I’m stoked to see it get the recognition it deserves.”
For Santa Cruz’s enshrinement, an evening celebration event will be held on April 27, 2012 and the formal ceremonies will take place on April 28. Further details of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Dedication Ceremony will be announced in the coming months.
About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates, and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save The Waves Coalition in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves – Australia, and through additional partnerships with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Stanford University’s Center for Responsible Travel (CREST).
Also, stay tuned for info forthcoming about the dedication of the Manly World Surfing Reserve in Australia!
For more information
WORLD SURFING RESERVES
AND…ANOTHER MEETING OF INTEREST. GET YOUR SAY IN WHILE YOU CAN!
Dear Friends of the Rail & Trail,
Have you been waiting for a coastal rail trail?
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is leading the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Planning process, which will include a coastal rail trail. The RTC will be conducting three public workshops to engage the community in the development of the master plan. This is your opportunity to weigh in on alignments and other features of a Santa Cruz coastal trail network.
Public meetings will be held at north, mid and south county locations on the following dates:
• December 13: Pacific School in Davenport 6-8pm
• December 14: Simpkins Swim Center 6-8pm
• December 15: Watsonville Civic Plaza 6-8pm
Friends of the Rail & Trail, in collaboration with Ecology Action and People Power, supports a coastal rail trail as the centerpiece of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. The rail trail will be contiguous to the rail line, or, in locations where the rail right-of-way is too narrow, located on nearby adjacent routes with safe, direct and easy-to-find connections leading to and from the Rail Trail.
For more information, visit Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail Trail.
Board of Directors
SCC Friends of the Rail Trail
Here’s an informative meeting some of you may be interested in. Check it out!
Water Neutral Development Forum
Monday, Dec 5, 1-3pm
Ecology Action, 877 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
Why Water Neutral Development?
How Does It Work?
What is the Potential for Future Consevation to Offset Growth?
Randele Kanouse, Special Assistant to the General Manager, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, 1989-2011. In the 1990s, EBMUD was asked to supply water for new developments at a time when District water sources were maxed out and growth would have made drought curtailments more severe. The District enacted a water-demand offset policy, requiring new developments to offset growth in water demand by funding conservation measures in the District.
Ron Duncan Conservation Manager for Soquel Creek Water District. In 2003 the
District enacted a water demand offset program for new development that funds toilet
replacement in existing buildings. Duncan is studying how to continue the program once most toilets are replaced.
John Ricker, Santa Cruz County Water Resources Director, is principal author of the County’s draft Water Neutral Ordinance.