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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
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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

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Drone Footage: Bill King

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

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


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! 

Surf Contest That Focuses On Building Environmental Awareness


[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.


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.



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.”


vans off the wall

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.



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



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



RRR Surf Off Beach Cleanup - May 19th @ 9th St. Huntington Beach

Come join our Beach Cleanup at 9th St. /PCH in Surf City – Huntington Beach, on Saturday, May 19th from 8am – 12noon.

Entry: FREE Parking on numbered Streets. Paid Metered parking is available on both sides of PCH near 9th St.

What to bring?: Work gloves, Reusable Bags or Buckets, Water and Sunblock. D2O can provide bags/gloves if needed (limited supplies)

Look for the Blue Drains to Ocean Tent on the sand at 9th St. / PCH. at the Reduce Reuse Recycle Surf Off Surfing event. More info at www.rrrsurfoff.com and www.drainstoocean.org

Community Hours Available (parent or guardian signature required if under 18)

NOTE: You do not need to confirm to us, just show up. You can click the I want to Help button if you have a question (rain or shine)

Come watch the surfing event after the cleanup. 8am-4:30pm (free)

We are having an Eco-Artshow/Award Ceremonies/Live Music at Cruisers HB on 5th St. at 6pm-11pm.


River Marsh Cleanup

Join us on Coastal Cleanup Day - September 16, 2017 - to clean up the Santa Ana River North and South Marshes


This year's heavy rains washed massive amounts of trash down the Santa Ana River and into the Santa Ana River 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

Costa Mesa Sanitary District

CR&R Environmental Services

Drains to Ocean

Surfrider Newport Beach Chapter

Fairview Park Alliance

Signup for free click here


Sat, September 16, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT


Army Cops of Engineers Wetlands

Newport Beach, CA




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

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):

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 avaiable 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

What can I bring into the event?

We encourage volunteers to bring the following items:

A bucket or reusable bag


A reusable water bottle


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

California Coastal Clean Up Day

California Coastal Clean Up Day in Huntington Beach, CA. was a great success!
HSB Surfrider had 544 volunteers from as far as Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; City of Rancho Cucamonga & Barstow picked up 384.25 lbs. of trash.

Of that, 34 single use plastic bags and 7.6 lbs. of cigarette butts. 

This event was sponsored by: @shorebreakhotel & @drainstoocean // & @lavideodrone for capturing the moment!

Wanna do a beach cleanup in Huntington Beach? Check out www.hsbsurfrider.org

Beach Clean Up @ Tower 21, Bolsa Chica State Beach

Saturday's Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean Up @ Tower 21, Bolsa Chica State Beach June 6th

There were 277 volunteers that picked up 304 lbs of trash.  Of that, 7 lbs of Styrofoam; 2.6 lbs of cigarette butts; and 14 plastic bags.

Sponsored by: Drains to the Ocean