Ventura County, CaliforniaUpdates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
By: Kasimira Malec
Kevin Piper, the Chair of Surfrider Foundation CSUCI Club has been a true advocate in protecting our oceans and exemplified this on Cesar Chavez Day. Kevin Piper and the Surfrider Club teamed up with Keegan Carrico, the president of the Surf Club and the Surf Teams’s captain, Austin Finley to host the third annual Cesar Chavez surf competition. It took place on Thursday March 31st at Oxnard Beach. They wanted to host something that the students could enjoy all together and promote sustainability, encouraging everyone to bring their reusable water bottles and have refill stations for them. There were 200 people in attendance to watch the surfers compete from 8am to 4pm. Sponsors helped make this happen including Revolution Surf Co., O’Neill, Gamut, and Channel Islands Surfboards.
For the competition, there were three categories and multiple heats for the surfers to participate in including, men’s longboard, men’s shortboard, women’s longboard, and women’s shortboard. There were 24 competitors in total and multiple winners. Congratulations to our first place winners, Chase Stavron, Kylea Shields, and Austin Finley!
The beach looked spotless after with spectators and participants being mindful of their trash. Volunteers even put on vests and cleaned up the beach during and after the contest. There was an overwhelming effort to rise above plastics and keep our beaches clean. Thanks to the Surfrider Foundation at CSUCI, the students are more aware of sustainability and are encouraged to make efforts against pollution in our oceans. Thank you Surfrider Foundation CSUCI Club, The CSUCI Surf Club and Team, the Sponsors, and all of those who came out in support. It was a truly spectacular event.
By: Kasimira Malec
The Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter organized a beach clean up on February 27th at Ormond Beach. This clean up was to clear the beach of trash and debris
in order to prepare for the Snowy Plover nesting season. This event was spearheaded by Cynthia Hartley, a Surfrider volunteer and advocate for the Snowy Plover.
A total of 60 volunteers showed up and participated from 9am–12pm. They worked hard picking up a total of 1.11 tons, which equals up to 2,220 pounds of debris. Within just approximately 4 hours, these 60 volunteers were able to create a healthy environment for the Snowy Plovers to make their nests.
Cynthia Hartley has since followed up with the habitat and found the first nest on March 18th, less than 3 weeks after the cleanup! She tells us, “There are several more now, so the season is off and running! None have hatched yet, but we should have little snowy plover chicks running around in at least a couple weeks.” Through the efforts of hard working volunteers and Cynthia Hartley’s passion for this cause, the Surfrider Foundation was able to create the proper environment for another generation of Snowy Plovers. Thank you to all who came out!
Want a summary of Ventura County Chapter’s highlights and priorities? Check out this quick slideshow.
Have you been thinking about volunteering with Surfrider, but don’t know where to start? Have you gone to a beach cleanup and want to know more about the Surfrider Foundation, what else we do and how you can get more involved? If you answered yes, then the Core Volunteer Orientation is for you!
Core Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They often go on to leadership positions within our chapter and help set our chapter’s strategy. This training will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a Surfrider ambassador.
The April chapter meeting at Patagonia will feature the next Core Volunteer Orientation. (Patagonia – Great Pacific Iron Works is located at 235 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001) Food and beverages will be provided. Attendees will also receive a Surfrider Foundation t-shirt!
Come out to learn more about helping with:
Ocean Friendly Gardens
Ocean Friendly Restaurants
YES on the CA Plastic Bag Ban
Surfer’s Point / Matilija
Representing Surfrider at community events
Other needs such as video and photo
Please RSVP by emailing Greg at volunteercoordinator@ventura.
Kasimira Malec – February 23, 2016
On Saturday, February 20th, the Surfrider Foundation CSUCI Club teamed up with the California State parks to clean up Mandalay State Beach, also known as Oxnard Shores, in preparation for the Snowy Plover nesting season. This clean up was spearheaded by the CSUCI Surfrider Club President Kevin Piper and Vice President Rose Waller. The two strong willed leaders reached more than 16 volunteers to come out and support the cause including the club’s treasurer Eric Bidwell and other CSUCI students.
The hardworking crew picked up a total of 457 pounds of trash in just two hours! This cleared the path for the Snowy Plover, which is a threatened small shorebird. They can be found nesting along the shores during breeding season from March to September, but are threatened by human activity and pollution. Trash can contaminate nesting and humans can unknowingly crush eggs and disturb nests. Those working at California State Parks are providing a fencing around the area to protect the nest, while Surfrider made it habitable. Thanks to the hard work done by the club members and volunteers, the Snowy Plover will have a much easier and healthier time nesting this upcoming breeding season.