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A better surfboard; the best shaper you can find

July 05, 2012

A better surfboard; the best shaper you can find

Topics: Joy Waves Culture Shifting Surfing

The second post in a series on "a better surfboard." In this post I talk about the shaper.

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How much are our coasts worth? No really… how much?

June 28, 2012

How much are our coasts worth? No really… how much?

Topics: Coastal development Strategy Beaches Economics Culture Shifting Surfing

Many of us don't even think about this question... and yet we pay the price every single day. We pay it because it's worth it.

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... Because WE love our beaches

June 21, 2012

... Because WE love our beaches

Topics: Events Joy Stories Surfing

We love our beaches... and so we come together and protect them.

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June 17 2012

Take this Wednesday off and go surfing

Surfing

Once a year is International Surfing Day. Go ahead, take the day off.

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A better surfboard; a better surfboard blank

June 14, 2012

A better surfboard; a better surfboard blank

Topics: Joy Waves Culture Shifting Surfing

Part 1 in a blog series looking at alternatives to a better surfboard. With this post we look at the blank.

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No border sewage, a campaign to address the horrific shape of the Tijuana River watershed

May 23, 2012

No border sewage, a campaign to address the horrific shape of the Tijuana River watershed

Topics: Chapters Waves Campaigns Water Quality Surfing

The border between San Diego and Tijuana is... a mess. Our baselines have shifted and some haven't even noticed the slow-motion disaster.

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After a 23 year fight, Ma’alaea on Maui is saved

May 07, 2012

After a 23 year fight, Ma’alaea on Maui is saved

Topics: Coastal development Surfing

One of the fastest waves on the planet, Ma'alaea, is now saved.

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The simple joy of going surfing

May 04, 2012

The simple joy of going surfing

Topics: Joy Art Surfing

It's hard to explain to non-surfers the draw surfers have to riding waves. This photo comes close to doing that.

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I’m a surfer so I believe…

April 04, 2012

I’m a surfer so I believe…

Topics: Waves Activism Surfing

So, you're a surfer. What does that mean to you? What do you believe?

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Ten coastal victories in the last 60 days

March 27, 2012

Ten coastal victories in the last 60 days

Topics: Victories Coastal development Chapters Beaches Coastal armoring Campaigns Activism Plastics Water Quality Surfing

Ten wins for our coast in the last 60 days thanks to volunteers around the nation.

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Capturing the essence of water in 3 seconds

March 23, 2012

Capturing the essence of water in 3 seconds

Topics: Water Joy Communications Modern Activism Water Quality Surfing

How do you capture something as valuable as water in 3 seconds? Find out right here.

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Kelly Slater talks about Surfrider Japan’s work

March 20, 2012

Kelly Slater talks about Surfrider Japan’s work

Topics: Water Coastal armoring Campaigns Water Quality Surfing

Kelly Slater weighs in on Surfrider Japan's new focus on water quality testing.

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Interview with Maurice Cole on Save Bells Beach

March 17, 2012

Interview with Maurice Cole on Save Bells Beach

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Beaches Waves Campaigns Surfing

Maurice and I connected to get the update on what the issues are at Bell Beach.

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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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Commitment

January 31, 2012

Commitment

Topics: Surfing

What does commitment look like? It looks like this.

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Sick waves

January 26, 2012

Sick waves

Topics: Water Waves Water Quality Surfing

Surfers understand water quality at a personal, visceral level.

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Surfing is not a crime

January 20, 2012

Surfing is not a crime

Topics: Beach access Victories Chapters Beaches Waves Campaigns Activism Surfing

Is surfing a crime? In many places it is. You can change that.

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Thank you Sean Collins

January 07, 2012

Thank you Sean Collins

Topics: Events Joy Waves Surfing

Sean Collins helped us know pretty much everything about ocean conditions before we paddle out. Thanks Sean.

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Have a clean new year

December 29, 2011

Have a clean new year

Topics: Joy Waves Surfing

May your 2012 be as clean as this photo is.

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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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