We learned about how to get new members and keep existing ones; we learned about the Rise Above Plastics Campaign and Ocean Friendly Gardens; we learned how to make better use of social media; how to engage the younger generation; we met a bunch of really cool people; and yeah... we surfed!
It was a rainy and windy day up in NH but we were still stoked to take part in Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics: Raptoberfest. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness regarding the dangers of plastic pollution and to focus on solutions. Volunteers scoured the beach for plastic debris. We then organized them into mosaics. It was easy (unfortunately) to find more than enough plastic for our artwork.
Held on the shores of Nahant, MA, just beyond the hazy fuzz and buzz of the Boston skyline, this is an event where kids–who do not get to the beach too often–get to have a turn at surfing. It doesn't matter if the wind is a little onshore, or if the waves are less than perfect. Today, all that matters is finding the energy in that one wave that has traveled all the way across the sea for you to ride. All you need is someone to guide you to that sweet spot and give you that little push.
Surfrider MA was on Beacon Hill, Weds July 20th to deliver testimony in favor of the Updated Bottle Bill which, if approved, would add additional beverage containers for products such as bottled water and sports drinks to the list of containers that require a $.05 deposit. The original Bottle Bill, which was originally passed in 1983, has been one of the states most effective recycling programs.
Thanks to everyone who made it to the Surfrider/Barefoot Wine Beach cleanup! We filled an entire dumpster with debris! Special thanks to Barefoot Wine and Bubbly (for the fruit of the vine), Nauset Disposal (for the dumpster + trash removal!) Randy and the Oak Trees (for the sweet music), and Land Ho, Orleans for hosting our celebration (and providing tasty snacks)! Great work + good times.