Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Post Film Fest: Santa Cruz Beach Clean Up

We love to celebrate the ocean through action! 
Cowell's Beach with Teva, Surfrider & Save The Waves

On Saturday morning, November 9, after an epic evening of live music, films and celebrations at Save The Waves Film Festival at the Rio Theatre, we held a beach clean up at Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz in partnership with Surfrider Foundation and Teva. We found all types of trash on the beach, and some of it was too gross to post here. Join us to celebrate the ocean through action! Here are some photos from our beach clean up:

Thanks to Teva for supporting this beach clean up.

Thanks to Surfrider Santa Cruz for all the help.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Join Us this Saturday - Beach Clean Up

Celebrate the Ocean through Action! 

This Saturday morning, November 10, at 8:30AM, we're having a beach clean up and celebration at Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz. Please join us in partnership with Teva and Surfrider Santa Cruz

Beach Clean Up - this Saturday morning in Santa Cruz

This is a celebration of the ocean through action, brought to you by Save The Waves Film Festival

Monday, October 22, 2012

Save The Waves Film Festival Tour

We are working hard and very stoked to bring you our 4th annual Save The Waves Film Festival on 3 consecutive Fridays in November. This year for the first time this epic event visits 3 cities: Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on November 2, then the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz on November 9, and finally our grand finale at the legendary Victoria Theatre in San Francisco on November 16. Learn about the films on our Film Blog and get discounted online tickets here.

* Film Blog

Early Bird Wave Saver Tickets: Admission tickets to our shows in Santa Cruz (Nov 9) and San Francisco (Nov 16) are discounted "Early Bird Wave Saver Tickets" -- only until October 31 -- so get your tickets now. These events will sell out, get your tickets early and often: savethewaves.org/filmfestival

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Santa Cruz Rally

Join ocean advocates in Santa Cruz this Sunday, October 7, 2012 for a rally on the Right to Vote on Desalination. 

Where: Mitchell's Cove, Santa Cruz, California.
When: 3PM, Sunday, October 7, 2012.
What: Rally for the Right to Vote on Desalination.

About: A desalination water facility is proposed for Santa Cruz. Local citizens believe that desalination raises such serious environmental and economic concerns that the final decision should be made by the people -- by inserting citizens' right to vote into the decision making process.

Ken “Skindog” Collins, local big wave surfer and Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Surfing Ambassador, says, “Santa Cruz does not need a Desal Plant right now. What Santa Cruz does need right now is the people of the community to step up, get involved, and protect the natural resources that we are truly blessed with, and want to continue to have for our children and generations beyond.”

Jim Littlefield, from Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA), agrees: “SEA absolutely supports the right of Santa Cruz voters to ultimately decide whether or not to invest in such a massive construction plan when previous desalinization projects around our country have such a dismal success record.”

Background information: "Right To Vote on Desal" - Santa Cruz Wiki. 

Supporting organizations: Surfrider Santa Cruz, Surfers' Environmental Alliance, Save The Waves Coaliton. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Be a Hugger of Waves

Purchase our Wave Hugger T-Shirt and support the protection of our coastal heritage. This T-Shirt is only available online at Save The Waves Store. Available in Men's and Women's style:


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Maldives Epic Surf: Privatized Soon?

Maldive surfers are organizing around a potential threat to surf access on Thamburudhoo Island, home to two of the area's best surf spots in the Maldives.

The Government of Maldives represented by the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has proposed to develop a tourist resort on the island of Thanburudhoo through a lease to a third party. Thamburudhoo is the only island with two world class waves - the left, popularly known as “Honky's” and the right known as “Sultans”.

The surf points at Thamburodhoo have been pivotal in the development of surfing in the country and have for many years been an integral part of the businesses of many small live-aboard safari vessel operators and surf excursion organizers. 

If the development goes ahead the local surfers, the live-aboard surf safari vessel operators, local guest houses that organize surfing excursions and the tourists staying at other resorts will completely lose access to the last accessible surf location with both a left hander and right hander. 

Read a news report about the issue here and stay tuned as Save The Waves develops more action to save these waves in the Maldives. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Martin's Beach - CLOSED

Located just off of California's scenic Highway One near Half Moon Bay, Martin's Beach is a small enclave of unique coastal access for local surfers, picnickers and other beachgoers. On a stretch of uninhabited coastline where there are limited ocean access options, Martin's Beach is a historic gateway to sand, surf and ocean for those in the know. 

Since 2008, a new owner has blocked access to Martin's Beach by locking the gate on the road that leads to the oceanfront beach. Previously, the public was granted access for a small entrance fee.

According to the California Coastal Act and historic precedent, in cases where the public has had continuous access to the coast through private property, the state can enforce the preservation of that access.  (A San Jose Mercury News article here details this issue and features the owner's lawyer's comments.) 

Art on the billboard at Martin's Beach protested its closure. Video below.
The Coastal Act of California, Section 30604 (c), provides that "Every coastal development permit issued for any development between the nearest public road and the sea or shoreline of any body of water located within the coastal zone shall include a specific finding that the development is in conformity with the public access and public recreation policies of Chapter 3."

Local residents are organizing weekly protests at the gate to Martin's Beach. You can learn more and support this cause at the Open Martin's Beach Facebook page. 

In late 2010, graffiti artists protested Martin's Beach closure with billboard art at the entrance to Martin's Beach on Highway One, an act of defiance which was immediately painted over by the property owners: 

Support this campaign here: Open Martin's Beach.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We Exist to Oppose This

This is what an extinct wave looks like. Save The Waves Coalition was formed to stop this type of problem from occurring. Learn more about Ponta Delgada and support our campaigns to Save The Waves: http://www.savethewaves.org/wave/ponta-delgada-madeira-portugal

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

An Invitation

An Invitation from Save The Waves: let’s define a wave. 

From the perspective of those who experience it, the purpose it serves, the feelings it evokes. How it looks, sounds, and moves. How it behaves. How it awes, and inspires, and delights us. How it holds the power to utterly transform us.

Let’s give voice to the reasons waves are special, treasured, cherished, adored. Let’s explain why they’re vital. The truths about why we worship at their altar.

Let's explore this elemental, fundamental part of our lives. A reflection of unexpected, surprising, taken-for-granted truths about the simple, awesome thing that is a wave.

We want to speak from the perspective of surfers and non-surfers alike. From that of naturalists, conservationists, and environmentalists. From nature-lovers and ocean-lovers. From young and old. Scaled and finned. From all over the oceans, all around the globe.

Let’s capture the inexpressible, magical power of the wave, and touch, in everyone, the place where these sentiments reside.

An Invitation (Watch the PSA video here)

Let’s show them just how to help keep waves protected, for now and for the future. At savethewaves.org

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Fuerza Chile! Posters

Check out these new rad posters by Dominick Frabizio. The artwork is cool, pulp mill pollution is not. Follow the links below for more creative works by Dominick.



Click here to see how you can get involved to protect the coast and ocean in Chile.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Update on Sandbags at Sloat

Save the Waves supports San Francisco’s proposal to use sandbags as a temporary bluff slope protection measure.

The City of San Francisco has recently obtained an emergency permit from the CA Coastal Commission to place sandbags along the shoreline of the Sloat region of Ocean Beach. This permit is intended to protect the Great Highway and Lake Merced Tunnel from potentially significant bluff retreat during the winter storm season. As seen throughout the last decade, storms can cause major bluff retreat at Ocean Beach and impacts infrastructure built too close to the coast, such as the Great Highway and Lake Merced Tunnel.

Unlike in previous years, however, San Francisco has opted to implement a relatively softer bluff protection measure. Sandbags are flexible, easily installed and easily removed, and do not have the same destructive impacts as rock and concrete revetments.

According to the design report, the Great Highway and Lake Merced tunnel will be temporarily protected from winter storm events by large sandbags that will be placed along the bluff toe and slope. Approximately 375 tan-colored, geo-textile sandbags will be used as bluff protection. The bags would be deposited in a 4-foot-wide by 70-feet long toe trench that would be excavated to a depth sufficient for 2 bags to be embedded.

While sandbags are indeed a step in the right direction from the destructive armoring strategies that the City has implemented in the past, it is important to urge San Francisco officials to move away from coastal armoring altogether and to adopt strategic relocation (a.k.a managed retreat), which is a more sustainable bluff protection and erosion control strategy.

Click here to watch a video of the sandbag placement, courtesy of Tom Prete/Ocean Beach Bulletin.

Here are photos taken in early January of the work:

Photos: Save The Waves Coalition