Emerald Coast Chapter

We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
June 15, 2008

Paddle Race


The Paddle race was a good time! Gary Wise is the king of the paddle boards! here is the view of the bridge crowd.

June 10, 2008

Happenings

Music and a Movie
Hey; tomorrow evening, wednesday 11 June at 7:30 at the Watercolor amphitheater on western lake drive, Ryan DeVore will host a surf movie night which starts with some music! check it out!

Paddle Board relay Race
On Friday, 13 June at 5:30, at Oyster lake by the causeway The relay race briefing followed by several heats of stand up paddle boarding! It should be a blast to just watch!

Beach Cleanup
On Saturday, 14 June at 9:00 we will gather at the public parking area that we fought for in miramar beach. Look for the surfrider banner. Being good neighbors we will start our summer beach cleanup series at this beach. Come join us and meet cool people. Bring a board or a kayak to get wet……. Because clean water…. is good for the soul !!!

June 7, 2008

Paddle Board Race Changes

The Paddle Board Race is drawing lots of interest. We have several more teams planning to compete. Allen Lake will not be big enough to hold us all! The event will be moved to another lake with better access and more parking. Stand by for location. Check; http://www.bluemountainsurf.com/
With the additional teams, it may be necessary for the race to be run in two or more heats, with an earlier start time of 6:00 pm. The 7:00 heat will be reserved for those teams such as our lifeguards, beach crews, and surf shops that can only attend after closing up shop or beach operations. If your team can’t arrive for a 5:30 pre-race meeting, please contact me to secure a 7:00 start time. Otherwise, assume that your race will run at 6:00.

June 3, 2008

International Surf Day and June events

JUNE EVENTS

Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation Hosts Lineup of Family Friendly Events in Celebration of International Surfing Day
Surfers Worldwide Unite To Celebrate Surfing and Coastal Environments

Santa Rosa Beach, FL (June 2, 2008) – On June 20, 2008, surfers from around the world will wax their surfboards and catch a wave in honor of International Surfing Day (ISD). In celebration of this special day, the Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation will host a series of family-friendly events throughout South Walton during the month of June. All events are free and open to the public.

“This event marks our third year celebrating International Surfing Day,” said Jack Slattery, founding member of Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation. “We have had a significant increase in memberships in the past year and everyone is enthusiastic about this year’s event. We hope it inspires a new beach culture movement with locals in the community.”

Established four years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day is the one day a year where surfers from around the globe come together to celebrate the sport of surfing and pitch in to give back to our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

As is tradition, the Surfrider Foundation will commemorate the day by hosting various coastal clean-up and restoration events around the world. However there will be a new twist this year in the form of special ISD “challenges” whereby the public will be able to compete for prizes by participating in a wide range of activities ranging from beach clean-ups, to filmmaking, to art contests

Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation will host the following activities in celebration of International Surfing Day:

Friday, June 13th -”Stand Up For Our Oceans!” a four-member paddle board team challenge at 7:00 pm on Lake Allen next to Stinky’s Fish Camp. Surf shops, lifeguards, surf clubs, beach crews and local businesses are encouraged to participate. The format will include a short course relay and an awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.BlueMountainSurf.com.

Saturday, June 14th – Beach clean-up at 9:00 am down on the beach in front of Majestic Sun and Surfside in Miramar Beach.

Friday, June 20th – International Surfing Day celebration. A family-friendly event on the beach behind Pompano Joe’s in Miramar Beach from 6 pm-till. The event will include a paddle out, raffle prizes, silent auction, live music, food and a bonfire. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages.

International Surfing Day is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Pac Sun and Earthpack.

The Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation is seeking local sponsors to donate items for the raffle and silent auction. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please email Madra McDonald at madra@m-publicrelations.com. To learn more about International Surfing Day, visit www.SoWal.com and click on the ISD banner.

About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.

panhandle@surfrider.org • Florida Panhandle Surfrider

June 3, 2008

2008 Florida Legislative Victories

Dear Surfrider Supporter,

MAJOR LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES
The Florida Legislature adjourned last Friday and it was quite a victory for us. Surfrider and other conservation groups view the 2008 session as quite a success.

CLEAN OCEANS ACT 2008 SB 1094/HB 897VICTORY

South Florida Ocean Outfall Bill SB1302VICTORY

Inlet Management Bill (Sandbypass) SB 1672/HB1472- VICTORY

Water Quality Monitoring FundingVICTORY
We were able to save ALL $509K for beach water quality monitoring funding this year.

Florida Forever Successor Bill (PCB-ENRC9)- Successful
As a member of Florida Forever Coalition we are happy to report the coalition accomplished the 10-year reauthorization of Florida Forever (to 2020) and was able to ensure the funding was only reduced, not cut completely.

Surfrider Foundation Thanks the Following Short List of Environmental Champions
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Mike Haridopolos- Clean Oceans Bill Sponsor.
Burt Saunders – Hardworking sponsor of every major green bill kept them clean.
Ken Pruitt – Senate President that helped lead
Lee Constantine – Longtime supporter of Clean Oceans Bill.
Charlie Justice – Sponsor of Beach Access Signage Bill.
Dennis Jones – Sponsor of Inlet Management and Co-sponsor of Clean Oceans.
Stan Mayfield – Sponsor of Cleans Oceans and Inlet Management Bills.
Tony Sasso – Beach access signage bill sponsor and co-sponsor of Clean Oceans Bill.
Adam Hasner – Fought hard for ocean outfalls Bill.

And many others…

Please call you legislator and say THANK YOU!
All bills and contact numbers can be found on www.myfloridahouse.gov & www.flsenate.gov

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

BEACH ACTStill need more help!
The BEACH Act has been funding beach water quality monitoring programs in coastal states across the nation. Congress is now considering much needed amendments to increase the amount of money spent on monitoring and to modernize the technology we rely on to protect the health of the beach-going public. Click here to ask Sen. Nelson, Sen. Martinez and the other representatives to co-sponsor the Beach Protection Act (S.1506/H.R.2537). After all, it’s your beach!

OCEANS-21Successful
The Oceans Conservation, Education and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (“Oceans-21″) provides common sense legislation to ensure that our ocean water and marine life remain healthy. We were able to get it passed out of it next subcommittee.

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