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Rowing 500 days on the open ocean by yourself, the Roz Savage podcast

April 10, 2013

Rowing 500 days on the open ocean by yourself, the Roz Savage podcast

Topics: Water Podcasts Stories Communications DIY Activism

I wanted to know what pushed Roz to do the things she does, so I pressed record and asked her.

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Twenty men fighting for twenty years to save twenty miles of Southern California coast

November 28, 2012

Twenty men fighting for twenty years to save twenty miles of Southern California coast

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Chapters Economics Stories Culture Shifting DIY Activism Modern Activism Surfing

Can a small group of people really make a difference? Yes, they can.

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Smaller footprints for surfers

October 25, 2012

Smaller footprints for surfers

Topics: DIY Activism Plastics Surfing

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Stiv Wilson >>> Surfrider activist profile

March 05, 2012

Stiv Wilson >>> Surfrider activist profile

Topics: Podcasts Stories Activism DIY Activism Modern Activism Water Quality

Stiv Wilson's story of how he became a leading coastal conservation activist.

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私たちの水の循環が壊れている (our water cycle is broken)

February 14, 2012

私たちの水の循環が壊れている (our water cycle is broken)

Topics: Coastal development Water Chapters Ocean friendly garden Coastal armoring Stories Communications DIY Activism Modern Activism Water Quality

Surfrider's mission spans the globe, so it makes sense that The Cycle of Insanity, a video about our broken water cycle and how to fix it, is now available in different languages.

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Peter Douglas: Patron saint of the California coast (podcast)

February 07, 2012

Peter Douglas: Patron saint of the California coast (podcast)

Topics: Beach access Policy Victories Coastal development Beaches Podcasts Coastal armoring Stories Activism Communications DIY Activism Modern Activism Water Quality Surfing

It is challenging to point to an individual who has done more to preserve the California Coast than Peter Douglas. This is Peter Douglas' story told in his own voice.

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Tweeting for the coasts

February 06, 2012

Tweeting for the coasts

Topics: Communications DIY Activism

A weakness can become a strength... all for the betterment of our coasts.

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A network that learns from itself

January 23, 2012

A network that learns from itself

Topics: Strategy Chapters Campaigns Activism Culture Shifting DIY Activism Modern Activism

Surfrider strives to become a network that learns from itself... for the benefit of our coasts.

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Ban the bag in Wilmington, North Carolina

December 07, 2011

Ban the bag in Wilmington, North Carolina

Topics: Chapters Campaigns Activism DIY Activism Plastics

There is no better content than activist-created content. This is another gem.

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Waste to waves, from trash to… slash

December 05, 2011

Waste to waves, from trash to… slash

Topics: Waves Activism Culture Shifting DIY Activism Modern Activism Oil Pollution Plastics Surfing

What better way to recycle EPS foam than into a surfboard blank. I'm not sure I can think of a better way. Nope, I can't.

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Seattle’s Space Needle snags giant plastic bag

November 30, 2011

Seattle’s Space Needle snags giant plastic bag

Topics: Events Chapters Campaigns Activism Communications DIY Activism Modern Activism Plastics

I heard a representative from NYC share the joke that the State flower is a plastic bag stuck in a tree. Looks like bags are taking over cities all over.

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One more surfer for change

November 21, 2011

One more surfer for change

Topics: Culture Shifting DIY Activism Plastics Surfing

We're always stoked to see one more surfer understand the larger impact of their daily decisions. Kyle Thiermann not only pulls airs and pulls in... now he's helping pull surfers into understanding the impact of their actions.

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How valuable is a friend?

October 21, 2011

How valuable is a friend?

Topics: Strategy Activism Culture Shifting DIY Activism Modern Activism

We tend to miss the value of innovations early on.

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Picking up trash wherever you are

October 13, 2011

Picking up trash wherever you are

Topics: Activism Culture Shifting DIY Activism Plastics Surfing

Think global, inspire locals. Then get out of their way.

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Pro surf contests get (more) sustainable in Brazil

August 10, 2011

Pro surf contests get (more) sustainable in Brazil

Topics: Events Waves Culture Shifting DIY Activism Surfing

Most of us have been to surf contests. They take place in perhaps the most natural state of all types of contests... so why can't they also lead the way regarding sustainability?

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This is how we do a beach cleanup… in Brazil

August 03, 2011

This is how we do a beach cleanup… in Brazil

Topics: Coastal development Joy Art DIY Activism Modern Activism Surfing

The essence of Surfrider is connecting the love people have of the coasts to action. To do that we need to go where people live and spend time... what better place to make that connection than on the beach itself?

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Maybe we need Stormtroopers to guard our beaches

July 12, 2011

Maybe we need Stormtroopers to guard our beaches

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Coastal armoring Activism DIY Activism Surfing

Who is guarding our coastal open spaces? Surfrider is.

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A literal line in the sand, the Dave Rauschkolb podcast

June 07, 2011

A literal line in the sand, the Dave Rauschkolb podcast

Topics: Events Beaches Podcasts Stories Activism DIY Activism Oil Pollution Water Quality

This is Dave Rauschkolb's story. One day he was running three Florida Gulf businesses and the next day he was the catalyst for people around the globe to join hands and draw a line in the sand against net new offshore oil drilling.

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Activism finally moves to the phone

June 02, 2011

Activism finally moves to the phone

Topics: Activism Culture Shifting DIY Activism Modern Activism

We have computers in our pockets. It's about time we start using them for some good.

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Surfrider activist Darin McClure shares his views on the internet and Surfrider’s mission

May 20, 2011

Surfrider activist Darin McClure shares his views on the internet and Surfrider’s mission

Topics: Strategy Activism DIY Activism Modern Activism

There isn't a play book for the internet, social networks and web apps because the entire space is evolving in real time. This said, it's always good to reach out to those heavily engaged and ask them what's working now. I sat down with Surfrider activist Darin McClure and did…

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