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
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June 22, 2012

Surfrider Kid’s Surf Classic Is On!

It’s On! We are looking forward to the Surfrider Kid’s Surf Classic Saturday morning! Current forecast is looking very good! Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. Surf is forecast to be 2.5ft (waist high) at contest start and build to chest high by mid day. (The larger surf is not forecast to arrive till late afternoon Saturday and then real nice swell on Sunday!) Join us for a great day at the beach. Check in opens at 7am. First heat starts at 8AM. We have only about ten slots available for walk up registration, so come early if you are not pre-registered.

June 19, 2012

International Surfing Day- Wednesday June 20th !

Wednesday is International Surfing Day! Looks like we may have some surf and our Surfrider CEO has written everybody a note excusing you from work.
No worries if you can’t play all day, we will also have ISD beach gatherings in two locations Wednesday evening.
5pm till dark.
Okaloosa Island -access #7
and- Santa Rosa Beach, Ed Walline Park.
Everyone is invited. Potluck… bring a little extra for a hungry surfer and maybe an old board to share with a kid! We’ll have some ISD swag and maybe a raffle item or two. Join us! And, remember to renew or Join Surfrider tomorrow only for super special deals… “join” link on top right of our SurfriderEmeraldCoast.org web page!
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May 18, 2012

Kid’s Surf Classic

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, is stoked to announce the first ever running of the- Kid’s Surf Classic !  -a surfing contest just for kids!  For many it will be a first time surfing experience and for some, a chance to show off their skills!  For all involved, parents and children alike, it will surely be a great time on the beach.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of beaches for everyone.  As a participant in this event, all early registrants will also be enrolled for a one year membership in the Surfrider Foundation! (see the early registration special info below) $20 of each registration is being donated directly to Surfrider’s national organization, the remainder of your entry funds the contest and local Surfrider chapter campaigns. With your registration, you will be saving beaches around the world while playing and having a great time on your own beach!

WHEN
June 23, 2012 (Rain date, June 24)
Online advance registration is encouraged. This event is limited to the first 60 registered. Day of the event registration will open at 7am. The first heat will begin at 8am. We expect the event to finish by 1pm.

WHERE
Destin, Florida — June White Decker Park. Located just east of the Back Porch Restaurant.

AGES
All kids, 13 and under.

International Surfing Day
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL $25
Register before June 15 and in addition to the contest entry and cool event shirt, you will get an International Surfing Day t-shirt and a one year membership to Surfrider Foundation. That’s a sweet deal! (ISD shirt and membership packet will be mailed to you) 

(Registration after June 15th will be $35 if space is available and will include everything but the special ISD shirt, so jump in now and reserve your spot!)

CLICK TO REGISTER

April 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

Surfrider Foundation Oil Study -Reports Available For Download!

Use these links to download the report:

(2 page) Media Quick Summary

(21 page) Narrative Report,

(200 page) Full Report.

The Emerald Coast Chapter is proud to release the findings of our “State of the Beach” long term research study (linked above).

For the past two years, we have been diligently monitoring our beaches and assessing the impact of dispersed oil product from the BP Oil Disaster.  During the past year, our chapter volunteers (Susan, Jack, Tony, Mike, and others) partnered with coastal geologist Rip Kirby.  Together, we have collected from Gulf beaches greater than 70 unique samples and examined over 1,800 analytes.

We have returned to contaminated beach locations In Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi for follow up sampling.  This frequent sampling has enabled us to determine if toxic concentrations of tar product are present and if the levels are diminishing over time.

Along the way, our volunteers also helped to develop new, rapid, cost effective,  and reliable technology for locating and removing tar product on our beaches.  We have aided the Unified Command, Coast Guard, and restoration operations with frequent reporting of contamination and sharing of our technological discoveries.

Our members have conducted underwater scuba assessments off the coast of Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties.  We have also flown several aerial reconnoissance missions to assess beach impacts, search for submerged tarmats, and spot for surface oil.  All of these done by volunteers and paid for by donations, largely from surfers and the surf related industry.

Members of our chapter have participated in countless local, state, and federal meetings.  In our efforts to highlight the need for better research and to support bringing restoration fine money to the affected states, we have traveled as far as Washington D.C. where we met with representatives of Congress and the House of Representatives.

During our two year effort, we made our data publicly available online to anyone who cared to review it.  Understandably, it is an enormous amount of data to digest and there is so much more to glean from the endeavor than the data alone can convey.  We are pleased to share with you what we have learned.

This research was made possible by many public donations, collections taken up by surfers in Surfrider chapters around the Nation,  and the heartfelt support of two ocean loving companies, Patagonia and O’Neill.  The Norcross Foundation helped to get the ball rolling by coming through quickly and providing grants to assist with equipment needs. Timing was so important; these people and companies really stepped up and pitched in.

Together, we have made a significant contribution to the science of oil disaster response and remediation.  With that science, we are now a bit better prepared for future disasters and certainly better informed of the long term beach toxicity inflicted by oil and dispersants.

Please share our report with others who may also be interested in healthy beaches!  

April 16, 2012

Other Oil and Dispersant Research Study Links

New England Journal of Medicine and BP Oil Spill


NIOSH standards regarding exposure to certain tar substances.

CANCER warning  includes Lung, Kidney and Skin Cancer.
Via phenanthrene family: pyrene, phenanthrene, acridine, chrysene, anthracene & benzo(a)pyrene).
Yet has any research been done regarding exposure to Corexit covered tar product/ MC252.
PHENANTHRENES-which is lingering in Gulf tar balls.
BP oil not degrading- AUBURN UNIV STUDY Sept 2011:

AUBURN SAND STUDY 2011:
Vibrio Vulnificus pathogen in Gulf of Mexico tarballs:
AUBURN STUDY on Vibrio Vulnificus in tar balls from N. Gulf Coast:
OIL entered the food chain/zooplankton:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320142100.htm

NOAA explains that dolphins will indicate ocean and human health:

SEAGRANT found that dolphins share 13 chromosomes as humans- can they determine health issues? 

Sublethal effects of BP spill:
ithaca.edu/hs/depts/envstudies/docs/studentpubs/gulfoilspillmag.pdf

Oil deposits may have become a chronic source of low-level oil pollution within the spill-affected area-Valdez.
“Subsurface oil was also found at a lower tide height than expected (between 0 and 6 feet), in contrast to the surface oil, which was found mostly at the highest levels of the beach (Table 3).  This is significant, because the pits with the most oil were found low in the intertidal zone, closest to the zone of biological production, and indicate that our estimates are conservative at best.
Are pink salmon or herring injured because of continued intertidal contamination?  Are near shore predators, like otters or sea ducks, at risk because they prey in this zone?  Are the area’s subsistence users avoiding appropriate beaches, or are they avoiding all beaches?”

COREXIT WHITE PAPER:
April 14, 2012

Blackbells New Release: “Deep Blue” Itunes download benefit our research!

Surfrider / Blackbells -Deep Blue (music video) from Michael Sturdivant on Vimeo.

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continues to conduct independent research following the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Members of the band Blackbells recently performed on Pensacola Beach, FL. While on the beach, the band met with Surfrider members and discussed the lingering impacts of the disaster. After that meeting, Blackbells produced the song “Deep Blue” to express their feelings about the disaster.

Blackbells has offered to release the single on itunes and provide all proceeds from downloads to the local chapter of Surfrider. The video seen here is a compilation of photos taken by the chapter chairman Mike Sturdivant during the oil disaster. Learn more about the disaster, our non-profit foundation, and research at: SurfriderEmeraldCoast.org

April 14, 2012

Surfrider Press Conference to Announce Research Findings -Monday April, 16th 7pm

Please Join us  Monday April, 16th for a press conference at Ed Walline Park, 7pm, in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  The Emerald Coast Chapter will be releasing the findings of our “State of the Beach” long term research study.

For the past two years, we have been diligently monitoring our beaches and assessing the impact of dispersed oil product from the BP Oil Disaster.  During the past year, our chapter volunteers (Susan, Jack, Mike, Tony, and others) partnered with USF Coastal Geologist Rip Kirby.  Together, we have collected from Gulf beaches greater than 70 unique samples and examined over 1,800 analytes.

We have returned to contaminated beach locations In Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi for follow up sampling.  This frequent sampling has enabled us to determine if toxic concentrations of tar product are present and if the levels are diminishing over time.

Along the way, our volunteers also helped to develop new, rapid, cost effective,  and reliable technology for locating and removing tar product on our beaches.  We have aided the Unified Command, Coast Guard, and restoration operations with frequent reporting of contamination and sharing of our technological discoveries.

Our members have conducted underwater scuba assessments off the coast of Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties.  We have also flown several aerial reconnoissance missions to assess beach impacts, search for submerged tarmats, and spot for surface oil.  All of these have been done by volunteers and paid for by donations, largely from surfers and the surf related industry.

Members of our chapter have participated in countless local, state, and federal meetings.  In our efforts to highlight the need for better research and to support bringing restoration fine money to the affected states, we have traveled as far as Washington D.C. where we met with representatives of Congress and the House of Representatives.

During our two year effort, we made our data publicly available online to anyone who cared to review it.  Understandably, it is an enormous amount of data to digest and there is so much more to glean from the endeavor than the data alone can convey.  We would like to share with you some of what we have learned.  Please join us.

(PDF of our press release here)

April 10, 2012

April Chapter Meeting -Wednesday April 11th

Join us for our April chapter meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. We will meet at Amore Pizza in Gulf Place. We are taking nominations for new board members and discussing plans for Earth Day, International Surfing Day, beach clean-ups, school programs and lots of other great projects. Join us and have fun while protecting the beach we all love!

March 7, 2012

March Chapter Meeting Thursday Evening (note time change!)

Date:Thursday March 15th
Place:Ed Walline Park
Time: Sunset (7:15pm)

We will meet and watch the sunset at Ed Walline Park followed by walking across the street for a meeting at Amore Pizza in Gulf Place to begin at approximately 7:15 pm.
Agenda
nominations for new executive committee (see below)
establish our next beach clean-up
Create World Water Day activity – March 22
Udpate on trip to DC to inform Congress of our Oil Spill Testing efforts and pushing support for the RESTORE ACT

On March 22nd at 7pm the chapter will be presented an award for environmental stewardship by the SWCC (South WaltonCommunityCouncil)

 

More About Chapter Elections:

Surfrider prides itself on being inclusive and mindful that new attitudes and perspectives, in short ‘new blood’, is needed every year to keep the chapter active and thriving. This is an opportunity for members to get more involved with steering the organization as well as choose who they feel is best qualified to lead them.

Election Time Frame
Elections will be open from March 7– April 15th. Elections for positions on the Chapter Executive Committee will be held at our April Chapter Meeting.

How does the Election work?
Any current Surfrider member should submit a self-nomination that they would like to hold a specific leadership position.

What positions are available?
The Executive Committee has the following positions:

(Co)Chair – Ambassador & point of contact person, delegates responsibilities as needed.

Vice-Chair – Performs duties as assigned by Chair, fulfills Chair’s role when absent.

Secretary – Records minutes, keeps records and manages chapter email communications.

Treasurer – Manages financial records, receives and disburses funds.

Volunteer Coordinator – Recruits members, manages monthly updates to member list.

At-Large Seats (2) – Entry Level leadership, assist officers, provide input and perspective.

 

Other Skilled Positions

Media Coordinator –maintains a media contact list, assists officers in communicating with media, and update chapter website/facebook as needed.

Events Coordinator – maintains vendor contacts, assists officers with organizing events like beach clean up

 

February 29, 2012

Known Unknowns in the BP Oil Disaster Trial

Known Unknowns in the BP Oil Disaster Trial

Tuesday 28 February 2012
by: Brentin Mock, Bridge the Gulf | Report

If the case doesn’t go to trial, the public won’t know what we don’t know, which to be fair could be a trivial amount of information or the worst of conspiracists’ suspicions. I’m told that it’s very likely, though, that this will go to trial, mostly because a global settlement is simple as plugging a blown out oil well. There are tens of thousands of individuals who are moving forward with lawsuits against BP with the force and velocity of an oil gusher. And even if most of those find their cases ineligible if just one that’s eligible “opts for trial rather than settlement, any information gathered during the course of discovery can potentially be disclosed regardless of whether other parties choose to settle,” says LeCesne.

Also, with a high likelihood that punitive damages may be applied against BP, much of the sealed information the public would want access to would come out during that phase of the trial when punitive damages are determined. Not only that, but things excluded from the trial like BP’s prior faulty safety record would be used in that phase of the trial –  actually “a cornerstone of the largest punitive damage award in history,” according to LeCesne.

Read the entire article:
http://www.truth-out.org/known-unknowns-bp-oil-disaster-trial/1330455733

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