September 26 2017

Two Coasts One Ocean Los Angeles

by Mary Herbranson

On September 16, 2017, the Surfrider Foundation hosted the third annual Two Coasts One Ocean event in Los Angeles to support the shared, environmental responsibilities of keeping our water clean and our beaches healthy with a special focus on the rising threat of plastic pollution. 

At the home of Jay Griffith, renowned landscape designer, supporters came together for an inspiring evening that connected Surfrider's national mission to protect our ocean, waves and beaches with simple habit changes guests could make in their everyday lives to ensure clean water and healthy beaches. Drawing out everyone's inner activist, the local Los Angeles Surfrider Chapter collected guest signatures on a Firewire surfboard that will be presented to local government officials to demand attention and action on a recently rejected polystyrene ban. 

With sweeping canyon views and handcrafted cocktails at the Don Q Rum bar, the night was complete with a seated family style dinner and an acoustic set by up and coming recording artist, Ethan Tucker and performance by DJ MAXV. The program included a captivating presentation of recent coastal victories and a video that captures affirming statements of Surfrider activists who carry out out our mission on a daily basis, which can be viewed here. Another highlight was the collection of 10 custom handshaped surfboards, all in Surfrider colors and each with a unique “Clean Water Healthy Beaches” inlay to compliment the event theme. 

We bookend the summer with the bicoastal Two Coasts One Ocean events, starting in Montauk, New York and closing in Los Angeles, California, celebrating the strength of our network the whole way through. These two locations are home to Surfrider volunteer activists who lead priority campaigns and defend their community's right to healthy beaches. The events enable us to infuse financial support, build and foster local relationships and raise awareness that will strengthen our cause and the 2017 proceeds will continue to unite efforts on both coasts to save waterways, reduce pollution and protect beaches for this and future generations.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Dana Montgomery & Alison Williams
Harriet Zaretsky & Steve Henry
Matt Jarvis & Amie Steir

Thank you to our live auction package donors!
Puro Surf
Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort - St. Lucia

Thank you to the shapers who donated to our auction!
Roger Hinds & Paul Strauch
Chris Christensen
Album Surfboards
Mandala Surfboards
Bing Surfboards
Tyler Warren
Dead Kooks
Lost/ Mayhem
Firewire Surfboards
Slater Designs

Thank you to our gift bag donors!
Klean Kanteen
ChicoBag & To-Go Ware
Simple Ecology
Bees Wrap