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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




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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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





@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.

Eco Art Benefit Show for Drains to Ocean - Cruisers Pizza HB


The 2018 Eco Art Benefit Show for Drains to Ocean will be held at Cruisers Pizza in Huntington Beach, California on May 19th at 6pm. 210 5th St, HB CA 92648. 

For artist inquiries and to be considered, please send 1-2 art sample images to: Angie G (714) 222-689one  angiestbackinla@gmail.com and/or Seth Matson (714) 493-377Seven  seth@drainstoocean.org

Artist Deadline & Drop off info:
Drains to Ocean requires the artwork to be delivered to Cruisers HB at 9am, Saturday May 19th.

Artwork Submission Form can be downloaded here


RRR Surf Off / Beach Cleanup / Recycled Art Show - May 19th, 2018

RRR Surf Off / Beach Cleanup / Recycled Art Show - May 19th, 2018


This is a 1 day educational surf contest, bringing awareness to beginner and advanced surfers alike. The “RRR Surf Off” encourages competitors to learn about ongoing issues of litter on our local city streets and beaches, pollution in our oceans, and focuses on bringing family, friends, & the community together for a fun filled day at the beach.

Divisions & Ages (Age as of Jan. 1st 2018):
(11 & Under – Parent Assist OK)
Youth (12-16)
Guys (17 & Over)
Girls (All Ages)
Longboard (All Ages)
Kneeboard (All Ages)

$30 Entry Fee donation to non-profit Drains to Ocean. Download Entry Form here

Beach Cleanup: 8am-12noon

Surfrider Eco-Art Lessons/Education Tent: 1pm-2pm

The event will be followed up with an Eco Artshow/Awards Ceremony 6:30pm-11pm
(destination TBA)

Other info:
Custom Recycled Trash Trophies • Awards for 1st-6th Place Winners in Each Division • Entry donation includes 1 event t-shirt, food and refreshments  •  Limited Space – 96 Surfers  •   Artshow/Award Ceremonies being held at location in HB TBA.

For Sponsorship info visit: www.rrrsurfoff.com

Presented by: Drains to Ocean

Drains to Ocean is a grass roots, 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, snow and beach cleanups.




Wise Fool, Statements Magazine Fundraiser and Awareness Campaign for Drains to Ocean

Please Join us at Surf City's Charity Celebration to prevent Ocean Pollution:

In light of last week's nearby spill of 2.4 million gallons of raw sewage into our Ocean, Getwise Fool Clothing is throwing a charity event for the ages with 100% proceeds benefiting local environmental nonprofit Drains to Ocean. Click on this event link to let us know if you can make it or not


What better time or place to take action than Surf City, USA
during the US Open of Surf?!

Come join WiseFool, Statements Magazine, Drains to Ocean, all our amazing local artists & co-sponsors at Rainwater Gallery & Event Center for a full day full of Ocean-Friendly activities, festivities, fundraising & free gifts!

12pm - Drains to Ocean Street Clean (Meet at 6th & PCH)
2pm - FREE Yoga Class & Fuel Organic Juice Delivery Mimosas
3pm - Live Music, Local Artist Showcase & Silent Auction

VIP EVENTS (Minimum $10 Donation Requested - 21+)
5pm - Tapa That Food Truck & Four Sons Brewing Tasting
7pm - Private Charity Concert featuring Cali Conscious

FREE VIP Entry, Drink Specials & Bottle Service at Killarney Pub & Grill

1st 50 Guests to donate $10+ receive a Free WiseFool Gift Bag!

Local Artist Showcase: Last Chance to browse & buy Local Artists' Original & Printed Pieces on display for 1 final night!

Visit www.drainstoocean.org to see all the wonderful Ocean Advocacy your $10+ donation will help our friends Drains to Ocean accomplish.

Much love & many thanks to our entire Local Community for caring about & contributing to the Health of our Mother Ocean!

Get Wise. Stay Foolish. Good Life.


Drains to Ocean - Protecting the Ocean,  One Drain at a Time

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