Call to All Artists!

March 6th, 2009 | By | 920 Comments

 

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Enter your designs to be a part of Billabong’s: LOVE PROJECT. The selected design will win $1000 and a chance to have your design walk down the Runway at Billabong’s Design For Humanity Event.

Submission deadline APRIL 5th, 2009!

Visit here for more info!

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Tonight! World Surf Premiere: Thomas Campbell’s “The Present”

March 6th, 2009 | By | 51 Comments

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If you’re into artsy, soul surfing flicks, and have yet to make weekend plans, I’d highly recommend catching a showing of Thomas Campbell’s new surf flick, The Present. Premiering tonight at Encinitas’ La Palmona, the two showings (7pm & 9pm) are expected to draw sizable crowds. Following Campbell’s previous films, The Seedling and Sprout, his newest project is sure to incorporate his signature art-laced style, along with some tri-fin action and overall exploration of the beauty of surfing and surfing culture.

Featured surfers include Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds, Rob Machado, Alex Knost, Joel Tudor, Sofia Mulanovich, C,J. Nelson, Ry Craike, Devon Howard, Dan Malloy, Harrison Roach, Kassia Meador, Jacob Stuth, Chelsea Georgenson Hedges, Chris Del Moro, Michael Junad, Ian King, and Danny Hess.

Tonight’s show at the historic La Paloma Theater promises appearances by surfers Dan Malloy, Keith Malloy, Rob Machado, Devon Howard, Kassia Meador and Chris del Moro.

To watch a trailer click here
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Win A $500 Shopping Spree

March 5th, 2009 | By | 4,044 Comments

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While other shops are shutting their doors, we can barely keep our product on the shelves. As a token of our appreciation we’re giving away a $500 shopping spree—which should go a long way in helping you look like a million bucks.

Help Surfrider Foundation Establish Marine Life Protection Act

March 5th, 2009 | By | 489 Comments

 

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Help The Surfrider Foundation Get a Better Understanding of YOUR Community and Surrounding Marine Areas.

The Surfrider Foundation is currently working with a wide variety of individuals and organizations on the Marine Life Protection Act –or MLPA. The MLPA is a state law that requires establishing a “network” of marine protected areas along the California coastline. This law is currently being implemented in Southern California.

Much like our National Parks protect special places on land, these Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) offer heightened protection for marine life to thrive and people to enjoy. In short, MPAs protect special places for their “intrinsic value”–preserving ecological abundance for generations to come. MPAs around the globe have become popular attractions for people to enjoy nature’s beauty and abundance.

Establishing MPAs can also help restore healthy fisheries. Studies show alarming declines in fish populations worldwide. Fishermen are now catching half of what they did in 1990 and the fish they do catch are 45 percent smaller. Some local fisheries may take 50-80 years to recover. MPAs allow marine life populations to increase and individual species to grow to full maturity–which increases the number of off-spring from protected areas. These larger populations may “spill over” the boundaries of MPAs and provide improved fishing in areas adjacent to MPAs.

The state of California adopted the MLPA in 1999 and created the opportunity for members of the public to participate in identifying special places worthy of heightened protection. Surfrider Foundation members represent a broad spectrum of people who enjoy time in the ocean surfers, fishers, divers, kayakers, sailors and others who just love the natural beauty of our coast and ocean. Our collective knowledge from this experience can help design an effective network of MPAs.

The Surfrider Foundation is gathering information and recommendations from local communities to help formulate a regional network of MPAs. Our goal is to balance our members’ commitment to restoring and protecting our coast and ocean for generations, with our support of sustainable and accessible fishing opportunities.

Help establish successful Marine Protected Areas by completing this survey (all responses are anonymous).

 

*GO HERE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY TAKING THE SURVEY

You can also help support the Surfrider Foundation by making a donation, becoming a member, or purchasing any PROJECT BLUE product, where part of the proceeds will fund coastline protection initiatives worldwide.