Help Surf-First Compile the Same Data that Helped Save Trestles for Other Beaches in Jeopardy

WOULD YOU SPEND 15 MINUTES, IF IT MEANT SURFING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? We thought you would. And the good news is you can. All across the country, surfers are facing access and environmental fights that fail to consider their needs and enormous impact. While fishermen and other recreational ocean users flex big muscle in courthouses and town halls, surfers get pushed aside a ‘segment group.’ A minor hobby for punk kids – instead of healthy lifestyle for whole families. That’s because we let them. Despite being a 1000-year-old sport with a $7 billion industry, surfing has failed to produce the demographic and economic studies to show who we are, where we live, and what we spend. So while other interest groups bolster their arguments with impressive numbers to prove their positions, all-too often, surfers get blindsided and bowled over, unable to offer a single hard number to support their cases or save their breaks. Not anymore. With your help, we can start to paint a true picture of who surfers are and how we behave. And every surfer who answers provides another stroke of necessary detail. All you need to do is take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. Here’s some quick rules: Answer honestly. An accurate study is our best weapon. When in doubt, leave an answer blank. We’d rather have less info than bad info. Pass it along to your friends. All information is anonymous. We promise not to share the individual details for commercial purposes, but we will share the bulk data – national, state by state, and as a whole. Right here....

Outer Banks Surf Situation in Light of Endangered Birds

I’ve personally read somewhere where Fernando Aguerre, former owner of Reef said that the Trestles situation in Southern California wouldn’t have the active surf interest and contingency it does in the opposition effort without it being in the exact location it is. I think the quote was something like “there would already be a toll road if Trestles was in North Carolina.” Well, it appears that Fernando couldn’t have been more right. The Outer Banks has been battling for surf access for quite some time due to the concern over damaging or destroying the breeding ground for endangered species like Piping Plovers and Oystercatchers. The Audubon Society and Defenders of Wildlife have been arguing against allowing surfers to access Cape Hatteras with off-road vehicles. Some say that surfers won’t be widely affected because the areas in question are rarely used by surfers, however Cape Point, which is off-limits, is very popular in the surfing...

Trestles Update

The Public Hearing with the Secretary of Commerce is scheduled for September 22, 2008 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in O’Brien Hall from 10:30 am – 8:30 pm (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.). The hearing location is perfect, since this is where the Coastal Commission heard the facts from both sides and voted 8-2 against the toll road. Also the Park and Trestles beach are in San Diego County, so it’s ideal to hold the hearing where the project will have the worst impacts. As you are aware, an earlier hearing date was canceled as the identified site withdrew its agreement to host the event. The purpose of the newly scheduled hearing is to solicit public comments. Anyone wishing to provide oral testimony at the hearing must submit a written request via mail to NOAA no later than September 12, 2008. Please contact Bob Mignogna for the address and details on what should be included in the request. Agenda for Hearing: 10:30am-1:30pm: Testimony from Elected Officials. There are several outstanding elected officials speaking on our behalf including Bobby Shriver, Donna Frye and others. 1:30pm-2pm: Testimony from Organizations. Surfrider Foundation and other interesting organizations will be heard during the next few hours. 2:00-2:30: Official Hearing Break. We are having a rally in the pavilion area behind O’Brien hall. Come and learn more about how the day will go and what to expect. 2:30-5:00: Continued Testimony from Organizations and Native American Tribes. 5:00-5:30: Official Hearing Break. Please be sure to visit our letter writing station during the break. We want to fill the drop boxes with letters opposing the toll road. 5:30-8:30: During...