Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
July 6, 2016

California Chapter Highlights

We’d like to thank Jennifer Savage from Surfrider National for this great write-up. It gives a brief look into the activities of several California Surfrider Foundation Chapters, including our own. Check it out!

(P.S. It’s Jenkin, not Jenkins. 🙂 )

June 10, 2016

Ocean Friendly Restaurants in Ventura


We recently launched an Ocean Friendly Restaurant program for Ventura County to help eliminate styrofoam litter and other plastic items that we collect at local beach cleanups. Check out the program page for more details:

June 2, 2016

Whale Rescue

Do you need to start your day with a touching but motivational tale of conservationists helping a humpback whale? Yeah, us too.

Whales are an important part of healthy oceans and even play a small but significant role in the carbon cycle. A day that a whale is saved is a good day for ocean lovers.

April 22, 2016

Cesar Chavez Surf Contest

cesar2By: 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 wcesar1ere 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.cesar 3

April 22, 2016

Ormond Beach Cleanup

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 with chick_SCC

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 toOrmond1 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!Volunteers clean up a particularly littered section of Ormond Beach.

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