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


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


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




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

Girls Scouts of America - Arlington - Potomac River - Park and River Cleanup - June 14th

Girls Scouts of America - Arlington Park and River Cleanup was a success! The girls picked up trash and were taught that it drains to the river, lakes and then even to the ocean

Our Girls Scout Troop organized a “River Clean Up” next to Washington DC along the Potomac River. With the Washington Monument as our back drop and the Potomac River as our body of water to save from pollutants, our troop filled trash and other litter into 4 trash bags and helped the Potomac River from pollutants that may have made its way into the river.

Our Girls Scout Troop was learning about ways to help prevent run-off and trash polluting our Rivers. One of the troop leaders had heard about the various Beach Clean-ups that were happening in her home town in Huntington Beach and shared this idea with her Girls Scout Troop. They decided they could do something similar along the river in Washington DC.

A total of 20 girls showed up for the “River Clean Up” and 4 trash bags were filled. It was a great turnout and great lesson for the Girl Scouts. Thanks for the idea Drains to Ocean!


Michelle Sagatov • Washington DC


The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, commonly called in America as simply the Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. http://www.girlscouts.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