Surfrider Foundation

  • Culture

    September 4, 2014

    Vaalbara's Haute Harmony

    [Trendzilla] Emily Prescott's company walks the line between hippie and chic.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Where's the Beach? Orange County's War Over Public Sand

    It's 7:02 on a recent summer evening, and the main gate at Strands Beach, located next to a parking lot on Selva Road on the north side of Dana Point Harbor, slams shut. The gate, which opens to the Strand at Headlands development, locks at this time every evening from May through September; from Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Pacific Festival: The Dunes - Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - August 16, 2014

    By: Taylor Morgan Pacific Festival Newport Dunes August 16th, 2014 For a couple years now, Pacific Festival has worked on mastering the art of the beach bunny rave. On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach, blonde beauties sip ice-cold beers out of pink flamingo cup holders, designed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Desalination Versus Conservation, Who Wins?

    As California grapples with some of its driest weather on record, the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) continues to negotiate the purchase of desalted water from a yet-to-be built plant in Huntington Beach. It's a move that may provide the land of citrus with drought-proof H20- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    "Save Trestles" Forces Gird for New Incremental Battle With 241 South Toll Road Extenders

    Orange County environmentalists, state park lovers and others in 2008 successfully fought the Transportation Corridor Agency's 20-year-old plan to extend the 241 Toll Road through San Onofre State Park, thanks to rejections by the California Coastal Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    I Don't Swim in Your Toilet But Dirty Runoff Keeps Ocean Best Avoided This Weekend

    No yellow tape closing beaches has gone up (yet?), but the Orange County Health Care Agency is advising divers, surfers and swimmers to stay out of coastal waters.That's because recent rains flushed contaminants via creeks, rivers and storm drains into the ocean, where unhealthy bacteria levels have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    [BREAKING:] California Coastal Commission Denies PG&E Seismic Studies Off Central Coast

    See the breaking news update at the end of this post on the Coastal Commission's denial of PG&E's seismic studies proposal and foe Surfrider's reaction.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 13, 12:02 P.M.: As the Coastal Commission considers Pacific Gas & Electric's Fukushima-inspired plan to fire underwater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Surfrider: Florida Music Festival Promoter Stiffed Us $30,000

    Surfrider Foundation is suing a Florida party promoter for stiffing the nationally prominent, San Clemente-based environmental group out of at least $30,000.According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Scott H. Mitchell--the managing partner of Five Flags Tourism Group--hosted an Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    KROQ's Weenie Roast to be Held on Cinco de Mayo

    ​KROQ/106.7 FM's annual Weenie Roast is back, earlier than ever. This year's edition--the 20th--is dubbed Weenie Roast y Fiesta, and will be held on May 5 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. On the line up is Coldplay, Incubus, the Offspring, Silversun Pickups, Pennywise, Angels & A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Obama Administration Announces Ban On New Offshore Drilling; Thank The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    Hopefully not for at least another 7 years.​In direct conflict with its previous proclamations, the Obama administration today announced that there will not be any further new offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Coast. At least, not for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Halloween Happenings At OC Restaurants

    Flickr User L.Richarz​Not looking forward to the impenetrable traffic jumble and the lines at Knott's Scary Farm? Not keen on getting your kid strung out on HFCS? Here's a round-up of Halloween happenings from a few OC restaurants that are doing something special this week and beyoooooond! Cue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Surfrider Foundation Strikes Back for Access to Beach Below Dana Point Headlands

    ​Dana Point sued the state last month to keep locks and posted hours on gates leading to the Headlands' access paths to the public coastline. Now, the Surfrider Foundation--the San Clemente-based nonprofit that promotes the right to low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Dana Point Sues State to Keep Gates Locked to Headlands' Public-Access Paths

    Keep off!​Remember all that crap flowing about guaranteeing public access to the magnificent Dana Point Headlands while plans were winding through the city and state for a gated community of 118 multimillion-dollar homes atop the bluff?The operative word above is "bluff."

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Film Curator Brings Trashy Ocean Issue Home With Tonight's "Kaisei" Screening

    It's not often that a film series curator gets to present a motion picture she was intimately involved with the making of, but Keiko Beatie will do so tonight when the Laguna Beach Film Society presents Kaisei: Journey Into The Plastic Vortex.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: "Surf Story" Release Party in Costa Mesa

    All photos by John GilhooleyFriday, Dec. 18 at the Hurley International headquarters in Costa Mesa, Robb Havassy and company held a party, complete with art show and concert, to commemorate the release of Havassy's book Surf Story, the culmination of years of thinking and work by the man whose creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    OC Environmentalists Celebrate Momentous Decisions

    Ancestor walks take on new meaning after efforts to carve a toll road through Pahne failed.​Holiday celebrating started early for local environmental groups.On Friday, a diverse coalition of allies marked the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision that effectively stopped t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Report from Oceanside's California Surf Festival

    by Aaron MendozaThe California Surf Festival, held in Oceanside this past weekend, was like a ghost town most of the time. There was no bustling festival on the streets, no heady atmosphere full of people. Many of the film screenings were nearly empty. Perhaps it was the decently shaped west combo s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Surfrider Foundation to Honor Pearl Jam, Incubus and...David Chokachi?

    ​"Forever and always, I'm always here!" Oh, sorry, didn't see you there.Today the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation announced the recipients of their "Keeper of the Coast Awards," and it's a fairly eclectic bunch: Pearl Jam, Incubus, and David Chokachi. Yeah, David Chokachi, the buff blond d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Irvine's Jen Schumacher Finishes Swim From Catalina​Irvine's Jen Schumacher, who pushed off from Catalina Island around midnight and swam the channel to the Palos Verdes shore, arrived safely just before 9 this morning. Her official time: 9:02:43. After swimming past trash and plastic bags in the ocean, Schumacher decided to embar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Oil and Water - Surfrider Foundation Defeats Tranquillon Ridge Project

    John Wiley​Ever since the State Land Commission shut down the proposed Tranquillon Ridge Oil and Gas Project in a 2-1 vote in January, a battle has raged between its opponents and proponents. On friday, while we were chasing the big swell around, our reps in the California State Assembly scored a ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Iglu & Hartly Headline District Unplugged Benefit, eVocal to be Involved

    Iglu & Hartly, pictured, are from LA (the inimitable Echo Park, specifically), but they play in Orange County a lot. They've played Detroit Bar twice already this year, and return there next Friday, July 24. And they're playing at the District in Tustin Legacy shopping center this Sunday, as par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Weenie Roast Lineup Announced: Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon

    The full lineup for KROQ's annual Weenie Roast show was released today, a whopping TWELVE DAYS! before the show itself. Seems kinda quick, right? Oh well. It still looks like a pretty good show, headlined by Weezer and Jimmy Eat World (pictured)--they toured together in 2001!--Kings of Leon, Silvers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Surfrider Flush With Cash, Not Without Controversy

    Sacramento correspondent Brian Joseph had an interesting post on the Register's OC Watchdog blog last week about the explosive growth of the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation. Confirming with a group that follows the membership and money generated by nonprofits, Joseph reported that Surfrider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Toll-Road Dissing NOAA Now Fights to Protect Local Steelhead

    Perhaps environmentally sensitive locals should withhold sending support to the Sierra Club, the Surfrider Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council and instead cut checks to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was, after all, the NOAA tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Road Builders Union to Surf Industry: Fuck Off!

    The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council issued an ultimatum to the Aliso Viejo-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association: stop sponsoring environmental groups opposed to the 241 Foothill-South toll road or face the mighty wrath of more than 100,000 union workers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    And the Wet Envelope Goes to ...

    If you're burning $2,000 for a VIP table at Surfer Magazine's 36th annual Surfer Poll and Video Awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Grove of Anaheim, at least you can feel warmed that you are helping two worthy causes. Proceeds from VIP table sales at the annual, invite-only event that honors the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Surf punks

    Social Distortion, the Adolescents and even bubblegummy Blink-182 are among the bands whose scheduled UC Irvine shows were canceled at the last minute over the years because fraighty cat campus security fretted onslaughts of scary, leather-clad, facially pincushioned punk rockers. A quick glance at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    YouTube Saves Trestles

    The Save San Onofre Coalition really hopes the Coastal Commission is a buncha voyeurs. See, the SSOC (made up of Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, the California State Parks ... More >>

  • Features

    June 7, 2007

    Trestles Tussle

    The TCA’s expansion plans spark renewed activism

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    It's Good to Be Natural

    No. 1: Save trestles. Or dont.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2006

    Troubled Waters

    Normally, when a major clean-up effort for a polluted site is announced-- an effort which will bring to bear the resources of both the local and federal government-- environmentalists are happy. But this is Orange County, where the eco-friendly have often seen their green hopes fade to grey (and ... More >>

  • Features

    October 21, 2004
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • News

    October 17, 2002

    Clean Water, Murky Politics

    The developers win again

  • Columns

    June 6, 2002
  • Features

    January 3, 2002

    Diary of a mad county

    Orange County, California: 2001

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Toll Road Collision

    Two San Clemente city officials took more than $40,000 from the countys toll road agency

  • Columns

    November 29, 2001
  • Columns

    May 31, 2001
  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Ressurection Pogo

    TSOL, back from embalmment

  • News

    June 1, 2000
  • News

    January 20, 2000

    A River Runs Beneath It

    Santa Ana River toll road elevates eco-fears

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Wipe Out

    Officials failed to report high bacteria levels during July surf contest

  • Columns

    August 5, 1999
  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Trout Mess Replica

    Endangered trout may block toll road

  • Features

    June 3, 1999
  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Beach Blanket Stinko

    Corky's fight to keep our ocean clean

  • Columns

    April 1, 1999
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    August 13, 1998
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