The folks who helped bring California its powerful Coastal Commission 41 years ago are featured in a documentary screening this evening at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. The showing of Heroes of the Coast, which "tells the story of how a grassroots group of Californians organized to save the co ... More >>
The San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation is claiming partial victory today on behalf of all who support public access to public beaches. The nonprofit environmental group is reacting to the California Supreme Court's rejection of the city of Dana Point's plea for review of an appellate court dec ... More >>
Here is great news for Surfrider Foundation members to wake up to on International Surfing Day: the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday denied the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) the necessary permit to build the first segment of the 241 toll road extension.Activists f ... More >>
Since they put houses up and down from the Dana Point Headlands, the city, developers and owners of those "exclusive" pads have done all they can to keep the unwashed public (i.e., you and me) off public Strands beach. Hours have been restricted, access gates have been locked and tales of vandalism, ... More >>
Dear Sweet Readers, It's about time that you know we love you. We couldn't do it without you (oh, and our many "colorful" ads) and that's why we plan events like this year's Summer Fest at Newport Dunes. We appreciate food and alcohol as much as you do and want to share the experience together.
Despite the departure of restaurants in Laguna Beach this past year (The Royal Hawaiian, The Cottage, French 75 and now Katsuya), the third annual A La Carte event hasn't skipped a beat. The four-day celebration begins this Thursday with kick-off dinners galore. There are events and specials through ... More >>
It's unclear what's bigger news: that Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach is a "fan" of the Surfrider Foundation or that the longtime GOP conservative powerbroker is dubious of the San Clemente-based clean-water activists proposal to have Trestles declared a California His ... More >>
The San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation came out strongly against underwater seismic testing off the Central California coast, an industry reaction to Japan's nuclear nightmare after a destructive earthquake.But in a case of groups at times strongly at odds finding common ground (or water, actua ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyEven Jim Moriarty, CEO of Surfrider Foundation, is locked out.UPDATE, JUNE 16, 11:51 A.M.: It's been 15 days since the San Diego Superior Court ruled that The Strand at Headlands development in Dana Point needed to stop preventing beach access to the public. At 7 a.m. on ... More >>
Surfrider FoundationThe swindle'n continues.UPDATE, MAY 9, 4:20 P.M.: The basis for the most recent PR campaign--pushing the need for additional evacuation routes in the case of a emergency at SONGS or Camp Pendleton--was a concern expressed in a public poll from November 2010 (months before ... More >>
WikipediaSan Onofre Nuclear Generating StationThe waters off the coast of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are being considered for a massive renewable, green-energy science experiment. The group that was granted permission by the federal energy regulators hopes to one day build ... More >>
Guess the Bag Monster didn't scare up enough votes after all.California lawmakers late last night rejected a bill that would have banned plastic shopping bags. Indeed, things got downright libertarian under the left-leaning Capitol dome, with much debate preceding the vote over whether the state ... More >>
The San Clemente Surfrider Foundation and the Orange County chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council tonight kick off events that celebrate Southern California's surfing heritage, sustainable materials and ocean protection."Surfing, Ocean Stewardship and Green Building" is the title of a ... More >>
Speaking of the Surfrider Foundation, its South County chapter and the Earth Resources Foundation have brought the Bag Monster to Orange County today.Known for darkening supermarkets, the halls of power and anywhere crowds gather in the Bay Area, the Bag Monster is the symbol of the campaign to g ... More >>
It is indeed that time again: Summer's coming and so is the annual KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, June 5. And, actually? The bill looks pretty solid, with something for everyone--from Stone Temple Pilots, Spoon and Devo to yes, Huntington Beach's the Dirty He ... More >>
International Surfing Day is on June 19, so the folks over at Project Save Our Surf are hosting a two day festival called SURF 24, at Huntington Beach on June 19.
oceanswavesbeaches.blogspot.comThe Surfrider Foundation released a statement today, expressing their disapproval of Obama's proposal to open areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coastline and Arctic coastline to oil drilling and exploration. They are not stoked.
Courtesy of Surfrider Foundation's Long Beach ChapterSurf's up in Long Beach in the 1920s, before that blasted Breakwater.Surfrider Foundation has for years been trying to "sink the Breakwater," that World War II-era, jetty-like, 2.5-mile-long contraption that was installed off the Long Beach sho ... More >>
Flickr user MikeBaird I've continued to ask local surfers to share their thoughts and experiences on surfing-related violence in Orange County. Here are some additional thoughts that have come in since yesterday: "Orange County is just as bad as anywhere else. Some 40 year old man tried t ... More >>
Don't go to the Costa Mesa brewery for the run-of-the-mill food, but do go for the beers. This Saturday, at noon, $20 ($25 on the door) gets you five tastings and admission to the onsite concert, which has a not-bad lineup (The Colourist, Dusty Rhodes and The Fling). For full details, and to buy ... More >>
The surf was uneventful at best at last weekend's Surfrider Celebrity Expression Session in Malibu. But even with not-so-great conditions, a chance to ride First Point with nobody out is a rare treat, no matter how famous you are. Surfer celebs come in all shapes and styles, ranging from Jason Mr ... More >>
Surfers are being asked to participate in an event called Surfboards in the Sand September 19th in Huntington Beach. Basically, participants will lug their boards and whatever basic creature comforts they can carry down to the sand. There, they will stand shoulder to shoulder, boards sticking nos ... More >>
Before most of you were born, Saturday Night Live had a fake commercial where a husband and wife were fighting over a can's contents, with the wifey saying, "It's a floor wax" and the hubby protesting, "It's a dessert topping" before pitchman Chevy Chase stepped into their kitchen to inform, "N ... More >>
Malibu Surfing AssociationMany of us here in Southern California have paddled out and done a double-take when we've seen or thought we've seen celebrities out in the water. Not just celebrities from surfing, but music and movie people, real celebrities. Makes sense. We've got lots of celebrities. ... More >>
Future Keepers of the Coast awardees Pearl Jam.Surfrider Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary not in Orange County where it's been headquartered for years or in the Malibu of its roots, but upcoast and inland to the big city that rhymes with "Moss Fangeles."
I recently chomped my way through the World's Most Boring Dish at Karl Strauss recently (I know, I know, I wasn't expecting anything gourmet, I just needed a quick bite, but even so...). The Crunchy BBQ Chicken Salad almost made me weep it was so devoid of flavor. However, I was somewhat compensa ... More >>
Doh! The carbon footprint just got bigger.Based on the huzzahs the Surfrider Foundation posted on its Facebook account, the San Clemente-based clean-ocean advocates are apparently down with notion that having fewer children is a more effective way of going green than changing lightbulbs, driving ... More >>
Surfrider.orgThe buildings of Surfrider's global headquarters in San Clemente make up just one more demonstration of their commitment to preserving our coastal environment. The U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization with a strict rating system for design and construction, awarded Sur ... More >>
Pretty much every city in Orange County has a giant shopping center (some have multiple ones!), so we might as well make good use out of them, right? Case in point, the District Unplugged event that we told you about earlier in the week...it's going on right now at the sprawling District at Tustin L ... More >>
The 2009 version of KROQ's annual summer blowout, the Weenie Roast y Fiesta, is hitting the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater May 16. That's like less than two weeks away, so get on it. Bands include Weezer (who still don't have or bassist Matt Sharp back in the band, even though everyone knows they sho ... More >>
Until Friday, April 24, the Newport Beach branch of Sprinkles is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of its vanilla cupcakes to the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the country's beaches, oceans and waves (!)Not that we ever ne ... More >>
I'll be honest: I usually associate the word "symposium" with "boredom." It just sounds so stuffy, y'know? "Symposium." There's usually a very low chance of fireworks or monster cars at a symposium.But this one sounds a lot cooler than most: Guerrilla Aid at the Yost Theatre in downtown Santa Ana. I ... More >>
The folks over at Surfrider Foundation are always working to clean up the ocean water from pollutants that degrade the environment, and they aren't alone. The Weekly recently received an interesting email from Dave Bulleshat, a.k.a. the Poop Detective. His personal mission is to remind people why t ... More >>
The Coastal Commission has had to change its February meeting venue to accommodate the expected 2,000-odd attendees. This is bad news for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, who already sent out an email to their contractors begging for support. The issue is the 241 (Foothill-South) toll road exte ... More >>
'For the record, no one currently in our employ was contacted or quoted. In fact, the surf industry does support Save Trestles and Surfrider Foundation'
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Ain't nothin' like a Saturday spent on Huntington Beach watching surfers compete with actors and singers to see who ... actually, nah, just to rip shit up, check out fembot-lookin' fan girls and have good times at the 2nd Annual Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam. And good times were had. A gro ... More >>
Yesterday the Surfrider Foundation announced that Pearl Jam, a Seattle-based foursome who perform something called "grunge" music, will donate $1 from every ticket sold for their upcoming L.A. shows to the Save Trestles campaign. The money will be donated through the band's Vitalogy Foundation in th ... More >>
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