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Drains to Ocean E-Newsletter
September 2019

Come join the Annual River Marsh Cleanup this weekend!

CA Coastal Cleanup Day - River Marsh Cleanup
Saturday, September 21
8am - 12pm

FAQs
Where is the cleanup area located?
The marsh cleanup is along the West Side (Inland) of the Santa Ana River, right before the PCH Bridge.  Basically right before the west side of the Santa Ana River Bike Trail meets PCH. Look for the tables and tents to sign in.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Volunteers under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian's signature on the release form.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The marshes are adjacent on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway, We'll have one staging area each in the north and south marshes. 
Full River Marsh Cleanup Details
Big Waves, Big Challenges
Drains to Ocean is pleased to announce professional surfer and eco conservationist Ahmed Pérez as their new International Surf Ambassador. His first act as a D2O Ambassador will be joining a California Statewide effort to clean up our coastline on California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Ahmed will be taking over Drains to Ocean’s Instagram and Facebook pages on September 21st (@drainstoocean and @ahmedperezg.) He will specifically highlight the September 21st Santa Ana River Marsh Cleanup at the Huntington and Newport Beach River Jetty.  This Southern California marsh and its’ proximity to a famous surf spot is a perfect example of many coastal ecosystems currently being threatened by our global pollution crisis.

You can follow Ahmed
@ahmedperezg

 
Full Press Release
The Saltwater Artshow was held on June 8th.  It was a Drains to Ocean Benefit in tribute of World Oceans Day. The D2O Art Show featured over 20 artists from all over Coastal California and other regions.  The event highlighted artwork inspired by the ocean and waved themed art. Over a hundred people attended the event and had the opportunity to enjoy local artists' unique perspectives on the ocean.  Some of the pieces were beautiful -- inspiring us to find a space for them in our homes, some ugly -- forcing us to reflect on the devastating impacts of water pollution, and others just plain inspirational-- giving us the opportunity to be creative and interpret the art in our own way.  No matter the impact of the art, there is no doubt that all those that attended the event had a great time. In addition to the art, there was a bar, karaoke and lots of good people sharing their stoke for surf and for the ocean.  Good times were had by all and Drains to Ocean looks forward to their 2nd Annual Saltwater Art Show next year.

Featured Ocean Artists:
Rick Blake • Bryan Helfand • Johsua B. Paskowitz • Chuy Madrigal • Torquato • Jose Cerda • Anat Ronen • Michael Tilden • Lauren Paster • Sam Bernal • Pierce Kavanagh • Cameron Calderon • Thad Matson • Angie Granheim • Nathan Paul Gibbs • Matt Harward • Madison Hickman • Bradie Shemke • Seth Matson • Mathew Wehrer • Robby Haugen • Brian Magar • Tommy Tear & more...

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of its sponsors, artists, and volunteers. A huge shout out to all the artists that donated their work and to Lagunitas and Eco Products for sponsoring the event. We would like to additionally recognize and thank the Artery for hosting us at the LAB in Costa Mesa. Lastly, we'd like to send a big thank you to all those that volunteered at the event; without their generosity, the Saltwater Art Show would not have been possible. It takes a village and thanks to all of these community partners coming together, Drains to Ocean was able to raise money to go directly towards their community outreach and programming.

We raised just over $1,250 for the night. If you are interested in taking a look at some of the art pieces from the event or possibly purchasing artwork, please contact us at info@drainstoocean.org. All the proceeds from artwork purchased online will go directly towards Drains to Oceans Programs.

We are looking forward to next years event! 

 
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The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Surf Off went off the hook with 4-5ft+ waves but was trashier than ever. 

Thanks to over one hundred volunteers who came out to help clean the beach; we collected over 120 lbs of trash on the day of the event!

Additionally, we had 96 surfers (ranging in ages from 7 to 60) compete for the 2019 RRR Surf Off Title. Most competitors came with their families, making for an event that was full of laughs, silliness and lots of love for each other and the ocean. There were groms of all ages (toddlers, kids and teens,) moms, dads and grandparents – all coming together to share their stoke for the Huntington Beach community and helping to make our environment cleaner. Below are the first place rippers! 

Groms:
1st Place: Petey Romaniuk
Youth:
1st Place: Cade Haakenson
Womens:
1st Place: Juju Romaniuk
Mens:
1st Place: Sage Guinaldo
Masters:
1st Place: Jason Haughey
Longboard:
1st Place: Max Lambert

Special Awards:
Best Maneuver: Sage Guinaldo
Best Attitude: Logan Moss
Environmental Award: Mentor Me Learning

Sponsor of the Year Awards:
Thunder Storage @thunder_storage_company
Cruisers @cruisershuntington
Four Sons Brewing @foursonsbrewing

A huge thanks to all the volunteers that helped run the event! 

 
Full Results and Press Release
Over the summer we setup a super fun beach cleanup in Costa Rica. Along with the crew from Lapoint Surf Camp, we removed 83lbs (37.5 kilos) of trash off the beach in beautiful Playa Carmen Beach. We found a hypodermic needle, a my little pony doll, a lot of straws, tons of styrofoam, a lightbulb and a lot of one-time-use plastics. Interestingly we didn’t find any cigarette butts. Thanks to all the volunteers that participated.  @lapointcamps @drainstoocean#lapointcamps #drainstoocean #beachcleanup #costarica #puravida #cleanbeaches

Cleanups

We love doing Cleanups! Do you know of a spot in your city that needs to be cleaned up? We do Beach, Street and Mountain Cleanups

Learn more about upcoming cleanups

Corporate Cleanups

Join Drains to Ocean in a hands on, private beach, or street cleanup. Become a business that shows your customers and employees that you support a clean environment and community. 

Schedule a corporate or private cleanup day in Huntington Beach today. We will take care of obtaining insurance, permits and supplies so all you have to do is show up! 

Setup up a Corporate Cleanup with D2O!

"Recycle Your Butts" Program

Our 'Recycle Your Butts' Receptacles are aimed at educating smokers and getting millions of Butts off the streets at the same time.

Contact us today to get your custom 'Recycle Your Butts' Receptacle

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Big waves, big challenges.

Press Release
September 16th, 2019

Ahmed Perez appointed as International Surf Ambassador for Drains to Ocean

Ahmed Perez appointed as International Surf Ambassador for Drains to Ocean

Big waves, big challenges.

Drains to Ocean is pleased to announce professional surfer and eco conservationist Ahmed Pérez as their new International Surf Ambassador. His first act as a D2O Ambassador will be joining a California Statewide effort to clean up our coastline on California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Ahmed will be taking over Drains to Ocean’s Instagram and Facebook pages on September 21st (@drainstoocean and @ahmedperezg.) He will specifically highlight the September 21st Santa Ana River Marsh Cleanup at the Huntington and Newport Beach River Jetty.  This Southern California marsh and its’ proximity to a famous surf spot is a perfect example of many coastal ecosystems currently being threatened by our global pollution crisis.

Drains to Ocean, headquartered in “Surf City USA” Huntington Beach CA, has named Ahmed Pérez as their first International Surf Ambassador. “Honestly it has been great connecting with Seth Matson, founder and president of Drains to Ocean,” said Ahmed. “It’s a great honor to join such an important list of people who support Drains to Ocean. I’m motivated to continue collaborating and developing ideas that seek to conserve and protect the oceans and beaches. Communicating positive stories and speaking on behalf of those who have no voice is extremely important in this movement.”

Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into rivers, lakes, and oceans. The heart of all their programs lies in a belief that each drain matters and that it is necessary to raise awareness through educational activities and empowering local communities to participate actively in the global cleaning of streets, mountains and beaches.

In his new role as a Drains to Ocean International Surf Ambassador, Ahmed Pérez will promote the organization's mission by advocating from inside the professional surf industry and by using his international platform to promote a greater awareness of the fragility of our planet. Pérez is committed to spreading environmental awareness and love wherever he has an impact, internationally and amongst his fellow surfers.

Drains to Ocean Founder, Seth Matson, is eager to welcome Ahmed Perez to their D2O team. “There are many reasons we are happy to welcome Pérez to the Drains to Ocean family -- for his positive career as a professional surfer in South America, for his constant efforts to inspire people to conserve and especially for his character as a human being. He is constantly trying to give a voice to those who don't have it,” said Matson. "Oceans and beaches are some of the most vulnerable natural spaces in our urban coastal landscape. The Drains to Ocean team is convinced that Ahmed will use his passion and influence to continue defending the ocean everywhere he travels."

As part of Drains to Ocean’s commitment to the ocean and its many ecosystems, we are inviting the local community to attend our annual River Marsh Cleanup on California Coastal Cleanup Day. We encourage volunteers to participate in solidarity with hundreds of other Coastal Cleanup Events happening throughout the state on September 21st.   Drains to Ocean will specifically focus their efforts on cleaning up a local marsh near the ocean. A unique marsh area where the Santa Ana River opens up to the Newport and Huntington Beach Pacific Ocean. A space that is only opened up once per year for such a large scale cleanup.  The Santa Ana River flows throughout Southern California, picking up a grotesque amount of urban runoff and carrying it to the sea.  This trash and debri often times gets stuck at the river mouth, before flowing into the ocean. To prevent such debri from ending up in our local coastline, we welcome as many volunteers as possible to join us on this special day.

Event Info:
River Marsh Cleanup ( California Coastal Cleanup Day )
Saturday, Sept. 21st
8am-12noon
Huntington Beach River Jetties (inland side)
 
The event will include various ambassadors, pro surfers, leaders from the city of Huntington Beach and the general public; all joining in support of the statewide cleanup efforts to highlight issues that are essential to the preservation of our coastal spaces.
 
The following are our partners for this important cleanup:

·       U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

·       Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Orange County Conservation Committee

·       Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force

·       Orange County Coastkeeper

·       Drains to Ocean

·       OC Earth Stewards

 More info can be found here: Cleanup Info


Contact:

Seth Matson – President
Drains to Ocean - Protecting the Ocean,  One Drain at a Time 
seth@drainstoocean.org  |  www.drainstoocean.org

Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Drains to Ocean is a Non-Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization. 
Federal Identification Number: 47-4001641 • All gifts and donations are tax deductible.

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Reef Paintings by Michael Torquato DeNicola

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Michael Torquato deNicola is a world traveling and award winning surfer, artist and filmmaker. Mike grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Southern California, he is a life long surfer with much of his inspiration coming from the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more. Mike started surfing at the age of 12 and was competing with the US team by age 19. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic and creative pursuits, and the business of surf. Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today.

Check out his short video below on Reef Paintings. You wont be disappointed!

 
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Mike’s boards tell the story of his relationship with the Oceans from around the globe. If Mike’s surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns and forms. Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company and creating and producing Red Bull’s ‘5X’ series, seen on FOX, NBC and Fuel TV which feature a new format of competitive surfing. Mike produced and art directed the award-winning documentary ‘The Westsiders’ and more recently the feature film ‘Chapter and Verse’ released early 2017.Mikes visual works have appeared in galleries, art fairs, film festivals and TV screens around the world over the past 20 years.  This is his first solo museum exhibition.

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Seth Matson - Founder/President Drains to Ocean, Michael Torquato Denicola, Jonathan Clark

Seth Matson - Founder/President Drains to Ocean, Michael Torquato Denicola, Jonathan Clark



Check out more of Michaels work at https://iamtorquato.com


Michael joined Drains to Ocean at our annual Saltwater Artshow in Costa Mesa in June. It was a great time had by all.

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Newport Beach River Marsh Cleanup - September 2019

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CA Coastal Cleanup Day - River Marsh Cleanup

Saturday, September 21⋅8:00am - 12:00pm

8am - 12pm

Description:FAQs

Do I need to signup ahead of time? No, you can just show up. See you there!!!

Where is the cleanup area located?

The cleanup will take place in the north and south marshes, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river. Look for the white sign-in tent at the staging areas on the river trail or the Blue Drains to Ocean tents at the north area.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Volunteers under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian's signature on the Drains to Ocean and ACoE release form.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The marshes are adjacent on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway, We'll have one staging area each in the north and south marshes (NOTE - copy and paste Google Maps URLs to view locations on Google Maps):

North Marsh - https://goo.gl/maps/xs56kQAtMEA2

South Marsh - https://goo.gl/maps/rPMh9TMJCTx

We strongly encourage volunteers to bike or walk to the staging tents, but street-side parking is available at three locations near the staging areas:

West 19th Street in Costa Mesa https://goo.gl/maps/3FCeyr6xWEG2

Public parking along Seashore Drive in Newport Beach https://goo.gl/maps/Gtq5xXCjN6R2

West Victoria Street near Vista Park - https://goo.gl/maps/khrg6aAyFq12

Detailed info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-cleanup-day-santa-ana-river-marsh-tickets-70785568541

What can I bring into the event?

We encourage volunteers to bring the following items:

A bucket or reusable bag

Gloves

A reusable water bottle

Sunscreen

A hat

Closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting wet/muddy

Please DO NOT wear sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes

A limited amount of Bags and gloves will be on hand for volunteers at the Drains to Ocean tents.

There is no time commitment. Come as long as you can volunteer your time to help the environment. We can give out community hours if needed.

Beach Cleanup - Mal Pais Costa Rica

Beach Cleanup Wed. July 17th - 4:30pm Playa Carmen Beach

Trash Bags provided

The first 15 people to show up gets a free gift from Drains to Ocean.

Sponsored by Lapoint Surf Camps and Drains to Ocean

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Limpieza de la Playa 

el miércoles, 17 de julio, a las 4:30 de la tarde

Playa de Carmen

Se proporcionarán bolsas de basura 

Las primeras 15 personas en aparecer reciben un regalo  gratis de Drenajes al océano.

Saltwater Art Show - Drains to Ocean

Saltwater is a Drains to Ocean Benefit Artshow for World Oceans Day featuring over 20 ocean artists from LA to San Diego (and more). Featured Ocean Artists will consist purely of painters and photographers featuring their best ocean and wave themed art. The show will start at 5pm and run until 10pm on June 8th, 2019 at the Artery in Costa Mesa (at the Lab). Your $5.00 donation will help fund Drains to Ocean beach, street and mountain cleanups. Cocktails and Snacks will be available. Live music by Tommy Tear.

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Sponsored by Lagunitas and Eco Products. Must be 21 and over to drink alcoholic beverages.

We highly encourage Ubering or Lyft rides. Please do not drink and drive!

Plus, let's all celebrate Jeff Deffenbaughs Birthday!

Featured Ocean Artists:
Rick Blake • Bryan Helfand • Johsua B. Paskowitz • Chuy Madrigal • Torquato • Jose Cerda Anat Ronen • Michael Tilden • Lauren Paster • Sam Bernal • Pierce Kavanagh • Cameron Calderon  • Thad Matson • Angie Granheim • Nathan Paul Gibbs • Matt Harward • Madison Hickman • Bradie Shemke • Seth Matson • Daniel Colt Collins • Mathew Wehrer • Robby Haugen • Brian Magar • Judah Mehler • Tommy Tear & more...

The Artery (At the Lab)

2930 Bristol Street

Costa Mesa, CA

92626


Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, 501(c)(3)non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into rivers, lakes, and oceans. We believe that every drain matters. Our goal is to create awareness by educating the public and empowering local networks of active volunteers to participate in worldwide street, mountain and beach cleanups.

www.drainstoocean.org

Surfers take waves — and trash — in Huntington Beach contest with an environmental theme

OC Register: Surfers take waves — and trash — in Huntington Beach contest with an environmental theme

By LAYLAN CONNELLY | lconnelly@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: May 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm | UPDATED: May 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm
Get the full story at: https://bit.ly/2VUou3m

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A surf contest held in Huntington Beach over the weekend wasn’t just about the waves — it was also about the trash that ends up on the coast.

The Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off, held at Ninth Street north of the pier, put an environmental spin on a fun event that drew nearly 100 competitors.

The event was “trashier than ever,” said organizer Seth Matson, who founded the nonprofit Drains to Ocean.

A beach clean-up was held throughout the day, with more than 100 volunteers scooping up 120 pounds of trash. Environmentalists were on hand to spread the word about how inland run-off ends up on the beach.

“Most competitors came with their families, making for an event that was full of laughs, silliness and lots of love for each other and the ocean,” Matson wrote in a recap of the event. “While surfers competed and local families enjoyed the beautiful beach day, they were also able to learn a bit more about what this event was really about – coming together to recognize the harmful effects of litter in our ocean, over-use of single-use plastics and the impact it is having on our coastline and waterways.”

To top it off, the surf was perfect, despite a forecast for 20 mph winds that never showed up.

“The skies cleared up, the winds died down and the waves rolled in at 3- to 5-feet-plus on a few sets throughout the day,” Matson said.

Winners were awarded trophies Matson made out of water bottle caps collected at beach clean-ups, held together with an eco-resin.

Drains to Ocean’s next event is an art show called “Saltwater,” in honor of World Oceans Day, with the work of 20 ocean artists and photographers on display at The Artery in Costa Mesa from 5 to 10 p.m. June 8.  For information, go to drainstoocean.org

Winners of the Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off

  • Grom Division (age 11 and younger): Petey Romaniuk

  • Youth Division: Cade Haakenson

  • Men’s Division: Sage Guinaldo

  • Women’s Division: Juju Romaniuk

  • Master’s Division: (30 and older): Jason Haughey

  • Longboard Division: Max Lambert

Get the full story at:

https://bit.ly/2VUou3m

FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE:

Drone Footage: Bill King

2019 RRR Surf Off goes off with epic surfing and conditions in Huntington Beach California

The Third Annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Surf Off was trashier than ever.  Thanks to over one hundred volunteers coming out to help clean the beach we collected over 120 lbs of trash. Additionally, we had 96 surfers (ranging in ages from 7 to 60) compete for the 2019 RRR Surf Off Title. Most competitors came with their families, making for an event that was full of laughs, silliness and lots of love for each other and the ocean. There were groms of all ages (toddlers, kids and teens,) moms, dads and grandparents – all coming together to share their stoke for the Huntington Beach community and helping to make our environment cleaner.  

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While surfers competed and local families enjoyed the beautiful beach day, they were also able to learn a bit more about what this event was really about – coming together to recognize the harmful effects of litter in our ocean, over-use of single-use plastics and the impact it is having on our coastline and waterways.  In addition to Drains to Ocean having an education booth dedicated to cleaning up the beach and setting up a demonstration of what trash is actually washing up on our beaches, there were some amazing non-profits present sharing their messages. A huge thank you to 5 Gyres, Heirs To Our Ocean and The Bolsa Chica Land Trust for coming down and hanging out for the day. 

2019 RRR Surf Off in Huntington Beach, CA. Photo: Bill King

2019 RRR Surf Off in Huntington Beach, CA. Photo: Bill King

Despite a weather forecast of stormy conditions and 20 mph winds, the day turned out to be perfect for a family surf event. The skies cleared up, the winds died down and the waves rolled in at 3-5ft+ on a few sets throughout the day. During the event, our crowd of over 300 enjoyed complimentary acai bowls and juices from our amazing sponsors Sambazon and Suja Juice.

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After 7 hours of high quality surf competition, the party moved from the sand over to our favorite local watering hole and pizza joint in downtown HB, Cruisers. In addition to being one of Drains to Oceans’ favorite sponsors, it is also a favorite amongst locals; a great place to enjoy good music, delicious food and soak in the beach vibes of Huntington Beach. 

1st Place Mens: Sage Guinaldo Photo: @bboopster

1st Place Mens: Sage Guinaldo Photo: @bboopster

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At the “after-party” kids ran around in excitement, awaiting the results of the contest and listening closely to see if their drawing number was pulled.  Raffle prizes were donated by Dukes, Volcom, Hydroflask, Elixicure, Slater Desigsn, Thunder Storage, D2O and mor...  The prize that most surfers had their eyes on was the Beater Board donated by the very generous Catch Surf. While the kids focused on raffle prizes and the shuffle board game, our more “mature” surf enthusiasts enjoyed 4 Sons Surf City Ale (which they donated to the cause for the evening) and The Ramsey Brothers Band that rocked us out in the main room, with delicious grub from Cruisers.

Cruisers Award Ceremonies

Cruisers Award Ceremonies

96 surfers competed for their custom made Eco Trophies and bag full of rad prizes.  There were 6 winners from each of our 6 Divisions. Congratulations to you all!

Groms Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Groms Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Grom Division (ages -11 & under): 1st Place: Petey Romaniuk, 2nd Place: Avery McDonald, 3rd Place: Saxon Baltzer, 4th Place: Sawyer Abing, 5th Place: Logan Moss, and 6th Place: Wyatt Halbmaier

Youth Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Youth Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Youth Division (ages -12 -17): 1st Place: Cade Haakenson, 2nd Place:Max Lambert, 3rd Place: Reese Powers, 4th Place: Matt Undlin, 5th Place: Luke Guinaldo, and 6th Place: Mahteo Gonzales

Womens Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Womens Finalists - RRR Surf Off

Women’s Division (All ages): 1st Place: Juju Romaniuk, 2nd Place: Chiasa Maruyama, 3rd Place: Avery McDonald, 4th Place: Mara Morales, 5th Place: Abby Dixon, and 6th Place: Annie Lopez

Mens Finalists: RRR Surf Off

Mens Finalists: RRR Surf Off

Men’s Division (18-29): 1st Place: Sage Guinaldo, 2nd Place: Jeremy Jennings, 3rd Place: Matt Undlin, 4th Place: Landon Randolph, 5th Place: Clint Stripling, and 6th Place: Cody Bertrand

Masters Division: RRR Surf Off

Masters Division: RRR Surf Off

Master’s Division (30 & up): 1st Place: Jason Haughey, 2nd Place: Jon Gorak, 3rd Place: Marcell Guinaldo, 4th Place: Barry Deffenbaugh, 5th Place: Noel Terrado, and 6th Place: Tommy Tear

Longboard Finalists: RRR Surf Off

Longboard Finalists: RRR Surf Off

Longboard Division (All Ages): 1st Place: Max Lambert, 2nd Place: Rick Blake, 3rd Place: Noel Terrado, 4th Place: Barry Deffenbaugh, 5th Place: Tommy Tear, and 6th Place: Shane Jones (no show)

Special Awards:
Best Maneuver: Sage Guinaldo
Best Attitude: Logan Moss
Environmental Award: Mentor Me Learning

Sponsor of the Year Awards:
Thunder Storage
Cruisers

This event would not have been possible without the support and hard work of many volunteers, sponsors and community organizations. A special thank you to you all…

Drains to Ocean’s next big event is an art show called SALTWATER, in honor of World Oceans Day. This art show features 20 plus ocean artists and photographers. Art proceeds will go directly towards D2O programs. The SALTWATER art show will held on June 8th at The Artery in Costa Mesa, California.  This event runs from 5-10pm.  This event will feature beverages and music to accompany some of the best ocean artists from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and more. 

 To learn more about Drains To Ocean, how to get involved or about our amazing sponsors, go to www.drainstoocean.org or follow us on Social Media @drainstoocean

 

Sound System setup by: Rawhide Productions - For all production needs 

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Saltwater Artshow - June 8th World Oceans Day

Saltwater is an Artshow featuring over 20 surf inspired artists and photographers, benefiting Drains to Ocean on World Oceans Day. This one of a kind show is scheduled for June 8th, 2019 at the Artery in Costa Mesa (at the Lab).

Event Details:
Saltwater - Artshow benefit for World Oceans Day presented by Drains to Ocean: 5pm-10pm

Beach or Street Cleanup Cleanup: 8am-12noon TBA

www.drainstoocean.org

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Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off brings educational twist to Huntington Beach surf contest, beach clean-up

The trophies are trashy – and that’s the point.

“I had to get really creative,” said Seth Matson, founder of the upcoming Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off in Huntington Beach. “They are basically one-of-a-kind art pieces.”

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Matson turned old wood pallets into frames. Inside, he used a rainbow of colored water-bottle caps collected at beach clean-ups, held together with an eco-resin for a final touch.

And that’s what the Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off, scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Ninth Street north of the pier, is about.

It’s not just catching waves and winning the event — although that’s good too — its more about having fun while learning about the environment.

It’s the third year Matson, a longtime Huntington Beach surfer and the founder of nonprofit Drains to Ocean, has held the contest. It debuted in 2014, took a few years off and returned last year.

“We’re running an environmental surf contest, so it’s totally different than all the other ones,” Matson said. “It’s super fun for the kids – they almost don’t even realize there’s education going on.”

Because of the event’s popularity — nearly 100 participants in six divisions — Matson and co-organizer Jeff Deffenbaugh, a former pro surfer, decided to continue the event this year.

“Last year’s event was super fun,” Matson said. “We had a great turnout, great surfing and an all-around good vibe down at the beach.”

Drains to Ocean holds clean-ups on the beach and on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway, trying to capture debris before it reaches the ocean.

The $30 entry donation for the surf contest helps fund programs throughout the year including beach, street and mountain clean-ups and an art show, “Salt Water,” coming up in June at the Artery in Costa Mesa, featuring ocean artists.

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Casey Wheat, co-founder of the Sport of Kings and West Coast Boardriders Club, said the Surf Off is great for the community, bringing awareness about the importance of cleaning up the beaches. At last year’s event, even longtime surfers learned how sunscreen can affect the ocean.

“I never thought about it, that it was killing coral and sea life,” Wheat said. “It’s going to take the effort of the community to really give a difference.”

There will be a beach clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon with a goal of plucking about 500 pounds of trash off the beach, with anyone welcome to lend a hand.

Spots are still open for the surf contest, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Divisions include: groms, youth, men’s, women’s, longboarding and masters. The entry fee also gets participants an event T-shirt, a Sambazon Bowl, refreshments from Suja and a one-year membership to Drains to Ocean.

Event organizers are making sure their event is as environmentally friendly as possible, using eco-friendly propane generators for power, re-using last year’s jerseys and offering organic Matunas surf wax to contestants.

“This year, we are encouraging the contestants to ditch the plastic water bottles and bring only reusable bottles, carpool with a buddy or ride your bike to the event for a smaller CO2 footprint,” said Deffenbaugh, vice president of Drains to Oceans.

“Most of us surfers grew up at the beach and it’s our responsibility to help keep it clean, even if it’s not our trash,” he said. “Pick up a few pieces every time you go for a surf and throw  it in the trash. It’s pretty simple.”

Getting the kids stoked on being good stewards is especially important, he said. “They are the generation that is going to make the change.”

Wheat, who won last year’s men’s division, has his unique trophy made of plastic straws and other trash proudly displayed at the Sport of Kings warehouse.

“It’s different than any trophy I’ve ever seen,” he said. “This one stands out like a sore thumb, and it’s a good sore thumb. It’s not like any other trophy and that’s what’s cool about it.”

He said putting on an event such as this is a thankless job, and Matson’s efforts are appreciated.

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“He’s doing it because he truly believes in it and is passionate about it,” Wheat said. “That’s something that can rub off on the kids. I think it’s an uplifting thing for the community and the kids.”

The surf event will include a booth with environmental education information, driving home the message of not bringing plastic bottles to the beach and to “pack it in, pack it out.” Eco-minded groups including 5 Gyres, the Sierra Club, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, OC Earth Stewards and Heirs to Our Oceans will have representatives and information on hand on the sand.

By LAYLAN CONNELLY | lconnelly@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: May 13, 2019 at 9:55 am | UPDATED: May 13, 2019 at 9:56 am
Photos by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

https://www.ocregister.com (full story)

Drains to Ocean is back for its 3rd Annual RRR Surf Off in Huntington Beach, California

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Drains to Ocean is back for its 3rd Annual RRR Surf Off that Focuses On Building Environmental Action

[Huntington Beach, California] April 23rd, 2019

Non-Profit Drains to Ocean is back again with its unique Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off contest in Surf City, Huntington Beach, California. The event includes everything from recycled and reclaimed surf trophies made with plastic collected from beach cleanups to a big bag of eco-friendly prizes for the winners in each division. The Surf Off is scheduled to be held at 9th St. on May 18th, 2019 from 8am to 4:30pm. Registering in the Surf Off requires a $30 donation, which also entitles you to a free event t-shirt, a free Sambazon Bowl, refreshments from Suja and a free one-year membership to Drains to Ocean. For those not surfing, look for the blue tent and signs for the beach cleanup that runs from 8am – 12pm.

 

This one of a kind surfing event encourages competitors, beginner, and advanced, to learn about ongoing issues of litter on our local city streets and beaches, causing water pollution in our oceans.

The program has six different divisions for the public signup so that people can enjoy a fun-filled beach day with their friends, family, and colleagues.

Divisions include: Groms (11& under), Youth (12-17), Mens (18-29), Girls (All Ages) Masters (30 & Up) and Longboard (All Ages).  

When contacted, Seth Matson, President of Drains to Ocean said, “Last years event was super fun! We had a great turnout, great surfing and an all-around good vibe down at the beach.”

He further added, “We are doing some cool new “eco” things with our event this year like using Ozone Safe Air Horns, Eco Friendly Propane Generator to power the event, re-using past events jerseys, offering organic surf wax from Matunas to the contestants, and of course we make our own unique, custom made recycled and repurposed surf trophies for all the winners in each division.

Drains to Oceans Vice President and Pro Surfer Jeff Deffenbaugh said, “This year, we are encouraging the contestants to ditch the plastic water bottles and bring only reusable bottles, carpool with a buddy or ride your bike to the event for a smaller CO2 footprint, participate in our beach cleanup and to always pack it in and pack it out. Most of us surfers grew up at the beach and it’s our responsibility to help keep it clean, even if it’s not our trash. Pick up a few pieces every time you go for a surf and throw it in the trash. It’s pretty simple.”

Sponsors will also hand out some cool eco prizes to the finalists of the RRR Surf Off which includes reusable bottles from Hydroflask, Slater Designs Algae Foam traction pads, reusable bags from Earthpack, organic surf wax from Matunas, reef friendly sunblock from Surf Yogis, the Cove and Racing Extinction DVD’s from Ocean Preservation Society, cool paper straws from Aardvark, stainless steel straws from U-Konserve, Boxed Water, among many other awesome sponsor prizes.

In addition to our educational programs we will have other NGO’s joining us at the Beach Cleanup including: 5 Gyres, the Sierra Club, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, OC Earth Stewards, Heirs to Our Oceans and more.

This event helps fund many of our programs, including our Annual Eco Artshow being held on World Oceans Day – June 8th at the Artery in Costa Mesa, our Recycle Your Butts program and our Cleanups.

Online bookings for the surfing event are currently open at www.rrrsurfoff.com and you can sign up in person at 17th Street Board Shop in downtown Huntington Beach. Entry deadline is on May 14th.

This is an open event, so everyone is invited to come and join. Bring your family and friends to help clean the beach, watch awesome surfers compete and enjoy some fun in the sun in beautiful Surf City, California.

The Award Ceremony will feature live music from The Ramsey Brothers Band and a raffle/drawing for a brand new Catch Surf Surfboard, plus other cool stuff from event sponsors.

Event Details:

RRR Surf Off: 8am-4:30pm

Education and Beach Cleanup: 8am-12noon

Award Ceremonies: 6pm-11pm Cruisers Pizza 210 5th St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Press Contact:

Seth Matson - President
Drains to Ocean - Protecting the Ocean, One Drain at a Time 
info@drainstoocean.org 

www.drainstoocean.org

www.rrrsurfoff.com


**Drains to Ocean is a Non-Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Federal Identification Number: 47-4001641

 

 

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Fairview Park - Earth Day Cleanup - April 20th

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Join us for a fun day in Costa Mesa on Earth Day at Fairview Park on April 20th from 9am-12noon.

Come celebrate mother Earth with the City and partner organizations at Goathill Junction. Educational exhibits, local environmental non-profits, hikes, and fun.

Participating booths include:

  • Fairview Park Steering Committee discussing future plans for the Park

  • Coyote Program with CMPD and USFWS

  • Banning Ranch Conservancy

Activities include:

  • Teens Give Back Day restoration activity with ICRE

  • OCME train rides, crafts, and Easter bunny photo opportunities

  • Wetlands walk with an Endemic biologist

  • Bird Walk with a Sea & Sage Audubon member

  • Park Clean-up at Fairview & Talbert Regional Park with Drains To Oceans

What to Bring?

Nothing, we will have all the supplies you need. There is a beautiful park you can have lunch in, so pack a lunch and enjoy the day after the cleanup!

Parking:

You will want to park across the street at Goathill Junction (where the train is) or, there are other parking lots and you will be directed to them if Goathill lot is full. Look for the Blue Drains to Ocean tents to signup and get your cleanup supplies.

Community Hours available!

More info: info@drainstoocean.org

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Come check out Unwritten Law on October 13th, 2018 @ the Garden Amp! 

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Come check out Unwritten Law on October 13th, 2018 @ the Garden Amp! 

A benefit show for Drains to Ocean. Get $7.00 of your tix by entering DISCOUNT CODE: drainstoocean at checkout!

Visit: www.gardenamp.com for tix today! 

Doors open at 5pm | All Ages!!!

@unwrittenlawofficial

@gardenamphitheatre

@hbcult

@drainstoocean

www.drainstoocean.org 


Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. 


Drains to Ocean is a Non-Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization. 

Federal Identification Number : 47-4001641 • All gifts and donations are tax deductible.

Dory Deli - Drains to Ocean Beach Cleanup October 7th!

Dory Deli - Drains to Ocean Beach Cleanup October 7th!
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Save the date! 
The whole community of #NewportBeach is coming together to support clean beaches.  We would love to see you there!
Dory Beach Clean-Up is coming up on Sunday, October 7th & Drains to Ocean will be there to help.
Complimentary coffee and hot cocoa for the whole family.  #Repost@dorydeli with @get_repost @drainstoocean @surfridernewportbeach

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Coastal cleanup Day - Santa Ana River Marsh, Sept. 15, 2018

Join us on Coastal Cleanup Day - September 15, 2018 - to clean up the Santa Ana River North and South Marshes

These protected wetlands serve as vital habitat for endangered animal and plant species and are an important link in the Santa Ana River watershed.

The marshes are also adjacent to the Banning Ranch lowlands, so they represent a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at that portion of Banning Ranch.

Join OCES and our partners for this important cleanup:

  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
  • Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force
  • Orange County Coastkeeper
  • Drains to Ocean

FAQs

Where is the cleanup area located?

The cleanup will take place in the north and south marshes, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river. Look for the white sign-in tenst at the staging areas on the river trail

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Volunteers under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian's signature on the ACoE release form.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The marshes are adjacent on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway, We'll have one staging area each in the north and south marshes (NOTE - copy and paste Google Maps URLs to view locations on Google Maps):

We strongly encourage volunteers to bike or walk to the staging tents, but street-side parking is avaiable at three locations near the staging areas:

What can I bring into the event?

We encourage volunteers to bring the following items:

  • A bucket or reusable bag
  • Gloves
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat
  • Closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting wet/muddy
  • Please DO NOT wear sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email OCearthstewards@Gmail.com for additional information

Beach Cleanups: June 9, July 14, Aug 11 with OC Coastkeeper and Drains to Ocean

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Join us at the Huntington State Beach Cleanup on the 2nd Saturday of every month!
OC Coastkeeper and Drains to Ocean are joining forces on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Huntington State Beach, Lifeguard Tower 16 (Bolsa Chica State Beach)

June 9

July 14

Aug 11

Visit: https://www.coastkeeper.org/get-involved/cleanup-oc/ to signup today! 

Results RRR Surf Off 2018 presented by Vans and Drains to Ocean

2018 RRR Surf Off Results:

Drains to Ocean would like to thanks everyone who participated/volunteered and supported the RRR Surf Off/Beach Cleanup & Eco-Artshow held on May 19th @9th St. I’d especially like to thank our D2O BOD/EC members for helping to plan and run the event as smoothly as it went: Jeff Deffenbaugh, Manuel Florence, Zoe Florence (volunteer-minutes) and Ashley dos Santos. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors, especially Vans for taking the Blanket Sponsor spot and giving out free shoes to all the volunteers and each winner of the event! Check out www.rrrsurfoff.com for more of our great sponsors. And we cannot forget the event staff: Kevin Ashford, Tom Andor, Tom Miller, Barry Deffenbaugh, Jennifer and special thanks to Cherene/John, Mary and other family/friends that helped out.

The surfing event was a success! The waves were firing all day, with 3-5ft peaks (occasional 6ft faces) and the competition was fierce.

RRR Surf Off RESULTS:

Groms:
1st Place: Petey Romanik
2nd Place: Esai Gonzales
3rd Place: Sawyer Abing
4th Place: Kalani Nelson
5th Place: Dylan Shemke
6th Place: Kalia Nelson

Youth:
1st Place: Zack Lyons
2nd Place: Ari Engel
3rd Place: Mahteo Gonzales
4th Place: Max Lambert
5th Place: Jake Vanderburg
6th Place: John Wedner

Mens:
1st Place: Pedro Todaro
2nd Place: Dustin Voorhees
3rd Place: Ethan Hurst
4th Place: Jeff Hessey
5th Place: Paul Puglasi
6th Place: Bradie Shemke

Masters:
1st Place: Casey Wheat
2nd Place: Mark Austin
3rd Place: Jeff Jessee
4th Place: Anthony Quiroz
5th Place: Jeff Morris
6th Place: Beau Basset

Womens:
1st Place: Meah Collins
2nd Place: Juju Romanik
3rd Place: Mara Morales
4th Place: Juli Hernandez
5th Place: Brooke Daigneal
6th Place: Tiffany Russo

Kneeboard:
1st Place: Eric Peterson
2nd Place: Bradford Colwell
3rd Place: Mike Butler
4th Place: Joe Coyne
5th Place: Chris Bermudez
6th Place: Max Bollinger

Special Awards:
Best Maneuver: Petey Romanik (Scored a 10pt wave!!!)
Best Effort: Dylan Shemke

Sorry for any misspelled names.

BEACH CLEANUP:
The beach cleanup had 124 participants and gathered up roughly 97.5lbs of trash off the beach. Thanks to Gilbert, Zoe and Eric for taking time from their busy lives to volunteer and run the cleanup! We’d also like to thank Kohl’s team for coming down at 6am to help setup! It was amazing have the support of local businesses. @kohls #kohlscares

 

ECO-ARTSHOW:
The Eco Artshow was a success! Raising almost $1,000 for the non-profit. We’d like to thank all the amazing artists for donating their time and efforts to support our cause.

Eco-Art Sold:
Nathan Ledyard: “Deep Wave” Recycled Wood Carved Art: $150 Ashley dos Santos
Seth Matson: “Chuck Dent Eagle” Giclee Print/Epoxy with reclaimed wood frame: $100.00 Angie Granheim
Angie Granheim: “Play me a Song” Hand painted recycled guitar: $150.00 Richard Busch
Angie Granheim: “Surf through life” Prince inspired handprinted recycled surfboard: $150.00 Ginger Corbett
Rick Blake: Large “Untitled” Large Recycled art: Steve Brightwell: $85
Joshua Paskowitz: “Waves of Emotion” $75 Jeff Morris
Fulltimehuman: “Houndstooth Tube” linoleum print: $40 Bradie Shemke
Fulltimehuman: “Dog Dream Afternoon” linoleum print: $40 Bradie Shemke
Bryan Helfand: “Untitled” Wood Art: $200 Peggy Kalama
Total: $995

A huge shout out to Angie for volunteering and setting up the art show!!!

 

We still have many cool art pieces that will be sold on Auction via E-bay in the weeks to come.

Thanks Caliconscious for playing at the Award Ceremonies and Cruisers Pizza and Grill for having us!

 

Thanks again to everyone for supporting Drains to Ocean! Sorry if we forgot to thank anyone, there were so many awesome people that helped to make this event a success!

Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, non-profit organization with a mission to keep pollution from flowing into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. We believe that every drain matters. Our goal is to create awareness by educating the public and empowering local networks of active volunteers to participate in mountain, street and beach cleanups.

 

Protecting the Ocean, One Drain at a Time

 

www.drainstoocean.org

 

www.facebook.com/drainstoocean
www.instagram.com/drainstoocean

@drainstoocean @vans @vanssurf #drainstocean #rrrsurfoff

 

Drains to Ocean is a Non-Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization.
Federal Identification Number : 47-4001641 • All gifts and donations are tax deductible.

Surf Contest That Focuses On Building Environmental Awareness

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[Huntington Beach, California] May 1st, 2018 

DRAINS TO OCEAN is bringing back its unique Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off contest sponsored by Vans. The Surf Off includes; recycled and reclaimed surf trophies with trash collected from beach cleanups, an Eco Art show with silent auction, a raffle open to everyone with items donated by our sponsors, and a big bag of prizes for winners in each surf division.

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Event Details:
         May 19th – 9th St. Huntington Beach, CA

RRR Surf Off: 8am-4:30pm

Beach Cleanup: 8am-12noon

Hands Across the Sand: 12noon-12:15pm

NGO Q&A: Throughout the Day

Eco-Art Show/Awards/Live Music: 6pm-11pm

Register at www.rrrsurfoff.com or 17th Street Board Shop in Huntington Beach. A donation of $30 to compete receives a free event t-shirt, snacks, refreshments and a one-year membership to DRAINS TO OCEAN.

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RRR SURF OFF: This one of a kind event will encourage beginner and advanced surfers to learn about ongoing issues of litter on our local city streets and beaches, that drains to our oceans. The RRR Surf Off is for people to enjoy a fun-filled beach day with their friends, and family. Divisions include Groms (11& under), Youth (12-16), Mens (open), Womens (open) Kneeboard (open) and Masters (45 & up).  A public Beach Cleanup is scheduled at the event site from 8am-12noon.

When contacted, Seth Matson, the event director of the Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Contest said, “The last event that was held back in 2014, right here in the Surf City, was a big hit. Since then we have dedicated our time and effort to set up our new 501c-3 Non-Profit, DRAINS TO OCEAN, dedicated to keeping our environment clean by stopping pollution from flowing into rivers, lakes, and oceans.  Our goal is to create awareness by educating the public and empowering local networks of active volunteers to participate in mountain, street and beach cleanups.”

 

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He added, “We are super stoked to have Vans “Off the Wall” as our Main Sponsor for the event this year. Vans has done so much for the community and the environment through their sustainability program that supports art, music and action sports programs, plus it helps in reducing the environmental footprint of their operations and products. We felt that Vans was a perfect fit for the Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off and couldn’t be happier for their support.”

 

 

EVENT PRIZES: Sponsors are donating cool eco prizes during the RRR Surf Off contest, which includes, shoes from Vans, reusable bottles from Hydroflask, reusable bags from Earthpack, organic surf wax from Matunas, green firelogs from Earth Log, reef friendly sunblock from Surf Yogis, bamboo toothbrushes from Sonora Refinery and cool paper straws from Aardvark, among others.

 

EDUCATION: DRAINS TO OCEAN has invited other NGOs to speak via an ongoing Q&A throughout the day. Participants include Orange County Coastkeeper, the Sierra Club, Ocean Champions, Bolsa Chica Land Trust, OC Earth Stewards, Heirs to Our Oceans and more. Oceana will be doing their Hands Across the Sand from 12noon-12:15pm and the public is invited to join.

Liz Kampen-Speirs

 

D2O MEMBERSHIP: Avid surfer and HB local Liz Kampen-Speirs, who placed 3rd in last RRR Surf Off, a manager for UPS says, “ At UPS, we are committed to supporting our communities and protecting our environment through community involvement and supporting non-profit organizations. I chose to support an organization I can trust to do the right thing with my donation. I would be nothing without the ocean, thank you DRAINS TO OCEAN for protecting it and keep doing what you do! I can’t wait to compete again in the upcoming event!”

Photo Credit: Larry Rector

 

An Eco Art show is scheduled the night of the event with local artists who have donated one or more Reduced, Reused, Recycled or Repurposed art to raise money for DRAINS TO OCEAN’s programs.

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Eco-Art by Anne Price – Titled: Plastic Swell. Plastics and Wood found at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

 

PARTICIPATION: Online bookings for the surfing event are currently open at www.rrrsurfoff.com and you can sign up in person at 17th Street Board Shop in downtown Huntington Beach.

 

The general public is invited to come and join these events, along with their family and friends to help clean the beach, watch surfers compete throughout the day and enjoy some fun in the sun at the beach.

 

Event Details:
May 19th – 9th St. Huntington Beach,

RRR Surf Off: 8am-4:00pm

Beach Cleanup: 8am-12noon

Hands Across the Sand: 12noon-12:15pm

NGO Q&A: Throughout the Day
Eco-Art Show/Awards/Live Music by Caliconscious: 6pm-11pm (Cruisers Pizza on 5th St. Downtown HB)

 

Press Contact:

Seth Matson - President
DRAINS TO OCEAN  - Protecting the Ocean,  One Drain at a Time
info@drainstoocean.org 

www.drainstoocean.org

www.rrrsurfoff.com
www.facebook.com/drainstoocean
www.instagram.com/drainstoocean

**DRAINS TO OCEAN  is a Non-Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Federal Identification Number: 47-4001641

 

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