John Manly, Surfrider Maine
Q. What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches?
A. Locally, it's much the same as in the rest of the country-water quality, beach access, and beach cleanliness/preservation.
Q. What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.s., campaign, program, victory)?
A. I would say that some of my favorite memories with the chapter are the Barefoot Beach Rescue Project events in Old Orchard Beach — and two epic bonfires on Old Orchard Beach for International Surfing Day, back in the day. As for victories, the development of a parking lot and shower at the very contentious Higgins Beach in Scarborough - where the chapter is still working to protect public beach access — was a significant gain in 2011 for beach-going Maine residents. Additionally, our Chapter has had success in expanding public access rights of ocean recreation users in the state, which is huge. We also played a critical role in helping institute a single-use bag fee ordinance and a ban on EPS foam food containers in Portland, ME.
Q. What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider?
A. I tell them that we are not radicals, we are beach and ocean lovers with a passion for protecting, improving, and shepherding these important natural resources. Further, I inform them that we here in Maine are joined by 84 other chapters of individual and corporate supporters numbering over 250,000 throughout the world!
Q. Will you complete the following sentence: Hi my name is John, and I am Surfrider because...
A. ...if I don't do it now, who will, and when?
Q. How long have you been a supporter/member of the Maine Chapter and of Surfrider?
A. I joined Surfrider sometime between 1998 and 2001. Approximately, three months after joining, I attended a local Chapter meeting, and I have been a small part of a great team ever since. I'll be moving soon, and I look forward to continuing my membership with a new Chapter.