Surfrider & On Wings of Care

Surfrider, On Wings of Care, and coastal geologist Rip Kirby teamed up to do an aerial survey of the Gulf Coast. We continue to address issues concerning the BP Oil Disaster. In addition to sampling the oil remaining on our beaches, we are paying attention to dredge and fill “Beach Nourishment” projects and their potential to re-introduce sea floor hydrocarbons onto our beaches. Of course, we also are on the look out for new oil slicks and any animals in distress. To see more of how aerial recon contributes to this effort visit To learn more about the continued impact of oil on our beaches visit

Oil on the Beach- March 15, 2011

Here is a brief video shot last night in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  The South Walton Beaches are still being impacted by oil.

Nearly a year into the disaster and our beaches have not even been mapped for tarmat removal.  Crews are poorly equipped and only allowed to surface clean or break up the oil.  No health notices are posted and no official from the state or county health department has even been present at any public meeting regarding the disaster.  This is not acceptable.

Contact any public official and tell then you want the tarmats removed.  Tell them you want the oil removed.   Tell them you want a health official to advise people as to how to reduce their exposure.

UV Video of Oil Accumulation

We surveyed the beach again last night and found that many of the raised areas (of the darker sand minerals) were also accumulating dispersed oil.  Knowing this could help people to avoid contact and also aid in remediation efforts.  We continue to learn as we go and share our findings with the Unified Command in hopes that they will remove the contamination rather than simply cover it up or leave it.

Use of UV to locate and remove dispersed oil

You may have seen our recent video on the new oil detecting technology Surfrider is helping to develop. Real time identification of dispersed oil is big news!  We no longer have to wait weeks to know what we are looking at on the beach.

The attached videos take it to the next level and demonstrate how this new technology can be used to make both detection and removal more efficient and more environmentally sensitive.  Have a look:

Dispersed Oil Detection

Line In The Sand

Light It Up !

Tar Mats

BP Oil Disaster

This link will be down for just a bit while we edit a couple of typos and such… good time to remind folks, we’re just a bunch of surfers doing our best to help out!  Check back soon…

Here is a video meant to explain some of the science behind our current Surfrider oil disaster efforts. It’s complicated stuff, but after watching this, you will probably understand how it is that when we see the orange glow on our beach, we know it is BP dispersant and oil. Not from a seep, and not just some brown stuff.

Thank you Rip and Susan for all of your help on this project.  We have only just established the science part, still a lot of work to do on the ground if anyone would like to help.

Watch for more educational videos about the oil disaster as it relates to fish -crab and dolphin kills, algae blooms, and of course how it continues to contaminate our beaches.

Out of Sight Does Not Make it Right! We can hold our beaches to a higher standard than BP.  Insist that they remove the oil, not just make it small or cover it up with sand!  Do not support the cover-up!

Surfrider Speaks with Surgeon General

Emerald Coast Chapter board members, Mike Sturdivant and Tony D’eramo traveled to Pensacola on Thursday to speak with US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. We informed her of problems such as lack of water testing, errors in reporting results, and the compounding of mental health issues as the government fails to provide essential services and information.

2008 International Surfing Day