June 5, 2015

The 2015 Surfrider Challenge at the Waterman’s Challenge Cocoa Beach June 5th, 6th & 7th

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Here’s a Surfrider event where we live up to our name and get to do what we love to do most: Surf!  This is the contest event of the year for Surfrider members. To compete in the Surfrider Challenge you must be a current Surfrider member so sign up now to participate. Last year the Suncoast Chapter took 1st and 2nd place and we intend to show them once again what West Coast surfers are made of! The team fee is paid by the Chapter and if you want to compete in the Waterman’s heats separately you can register and pay on the website. Read on…

“The Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation hereby challenges all other Surfrider Foundation Chapters to a team surfing competition to be held during the 14th Annual Waterman’s Challenge in  the Surfing Capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach, Florida!”
When: June 6, 2015
Where: The International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach

Who:  All Surfrider Foundation Chapters and chapter members!

The 2015 Surfrider Challenge at the Waterman’s Challenge presented by The Florida Surf Museum and the Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Challenge Contact Information: Email:cocoabeach@surfrider.orgWeb: http://cocoabeach.surfrider.org/

The Surfrider Challenge Format: The Surfrider Foundation will have our own division within the Waterman’s Challenge. The Surfrider division will use a relay team format comprised of three 30 minute rounds. Round 1 –shortboards ( Round 2 –long boards ( >8 ft) including SUP’s Round 3 –open (any wave riding device) Each team will consist of 4to 6Surfrider members of any age or gender. Scoring will be cumulative. All waves in each round will be counted. Chapters may enter as many teams as they wish. All team members must be active members of their Surfrider Chapter. Judging will be performed by qualified competition judges. Surfrider competitors are encouraged to enter as many other individual divisions of the Waterman’s Challenge as they wish. Individual heats will not interfere with Surfrider heats. The highest scoring team will take home the Surfrider Challenge Trophy.
Surfrider Chapter Team Entry Fee: $100per team. Additional individual divisions may be entered for $10 a division. Register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-watermans-challenge-tickets-12262825441

Event Party: Everyone is invited to the party on Saturday night at Mambos in the International Palms Resort.
Hotel Info: The International Palms Resort will be offering a special contest rate(ask for museum rate). Phone: 800-206-2747 Website:http://www.internationalpalmscocoabeach.com/

April 18, 2015

SoHo Block Party

Austin’s Board ShopFruitwood Standup Market,Surf Outfitter and onbikes will co-host the block party on April 18 at 2205 W. Swann Ave. (near the corner of Swann and Howard Avenues). The block party will be 5-8pm that Saturday, with live music by Morgan Davis.

They will be raffling off a number of items and some of the money will be donated to Suncoast Surfrider.  Thomas plans on attending and we are just looking for a few others to go over and have a good time.  We should also plan on bringing the new Rise Above Plastics display to help promote awareness.

 

 

April 18, 2015

Paddle Roundup and Shore Explore

April 18th and 19th at Ft. Desoto – https://www.facebook.com/paddleroundup/timeline

Pavilion #5  (Near the snack bar)
3500 Pinellas Bayway S
Saint Petersburg, Florida

Enjoy an interactive ocean-shore experience in world-class Standup and Prone Paddleboarding and help support the conservation of our oceans and coasts. 

A family friendly, high energy event including all this and more:

  • Ten mile Elite Race around
  • Mullet Key & Three Mile
  • Recreation Race
  • Relay Race & Kids Race
  • Retro Florida Fun
  • Eat fresh, sustainable foods
  • Shorebird and Turtle Workshop
  • ​Paddlecraft demos, clinics & yoga
  • Tons of Eco/Shore activities
  • Presentation of “Silas Dent” Waterman/Woman Award

We will be participating at the event by helping the kids build tote bags from old t-shirts.  All we need are scissors and a sewing machine.  We need our volunteers to bring a couple old t-shirts to donate to the cause. You can see how to make the t-shirts from this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvc7ZCYf30U

Volunteers are needed to help run the booth from 9am-4pm on Saturday (April 18th) and 9am-2pm (April 19th).  Food will be available for volunteers, but a donation is required (bring small change)

Contact: volunteercoordinator@suncoast.surfrider.org for more info

April 11, 2015

Spring Break the Plastic Habit

Beach Cleanup at Postcard Inn and Rise Above Plastics Campaign

April 11th from 2-4pm

Registration on the beach behind Postcard Inn
Free parking at City Hall and transportation available to and from Postcard Inn via FreebeachRide.com
Learn to curb your addiction from single use plastic bags by helping clean up the beach. Beach games and Yoga when you’re done.
Win a “Beach in a Bag” Surfrider Membership or a piece of recycled art for the most unique or largest amount of garbage collected!
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April 9, 2015

Surfrider April Chapter meeting

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Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Suncoast Surfrider Chapter Meeting kicks off on April 9th at 7:00PM and you’re invited to take part in the monthly meeting to discuss all things Surfrider. Casita Taqueria is our meeting spot for a night filled with passionate individuals looking out for our lovely mother nature. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose.

 

Agenda:

– Current Happenings

– Rise Above Plastics Campaign

– Local Coalitions

– Volunteer Opportunities

– Future Events

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March 11, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

Find more info on Facebook!

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March 9, 2015

March Suncoast Surfrider Chapter Meeting

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Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Suncoast Surfrider  Chapter Meeting kicks off on March 12th at 7:00 PM, and you’re invited to take part in the monthly meeting to discuss all things Surfrider. The St Pete Brewing Company, 544 1st Ave N, Downtown St Petersburg, is our meeting spot for a night filled with passionate individuals looking out for our lovely mother nature. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose.

Agenda:

– Current Happenings

– Rise Above Plastics Campaign

– Local Coalitions

– Volunteer Opportunities

– Future Events

RSVP at: http://suncoast.splashthat.com/

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February 13, 2015

Welcome to the new Chapter Executive Committee!

Welcome to the newly elected Suncoast Chapter Executive Committee! We’re thankful for your leadership and stoked to see what you’re going to accomplish!

Chair Thomas Paterek
Vice Chair KC Cavanaugh
Treasurer John Kurz
Secretary Linda Bray
Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Druyor
Member at Large Scott Orsini
Member at Large  Ron Henkel

Please consider getting involved with our Chapter’s volunteer efforts! Reach out to us to learn how you can get involved and help protect our oceans, waves and beaches!

February 10, 2015 | No Comments

Monthly Chapter Meeting February 10th

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Please join us for our monthly Surfrider Suncoast Chapter Meeting Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM. We will meet at 3Daughter’s Brewery located at 222 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712. For more information go here: http://suncoastsurfriderchaptermeeting.splashthat.com/

We have just begun our Rise Against Plastics Campaign and need your help. This is a major campaign and all interested parties are encouraged to join us as we work towards reducing plastic pollution on the land and in the water.

Also its election time again! No not those, the one that matters:  the election of our 2015 Executive Committee responsible for managing Chapter business and implementing our programs and campaigns. No special qualifications are required, just a desire to be involved with a true grassroots organization of like-minded local people who want to do right by their community.

The choice is yours:

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January 17, 2015 | No Comments

Surfrider Annual Kickoff Party!

Suncoast-Surfrider_Annual-Party-01Join us at our annual kickoff party on Saturday, January 17th from 7-11 at the RINGSIDE CAFE next door to Jannus Live in downtown St Pete. This is our way of saying “Thank you” to all of you who came out over the past year to support us at cleanups, etc. and to welcome new people who share our goals and want to get involved.

As usual the local music community has come together and three great bands will perform: FREELOW, BADDA SKAT and UNMOTIVATED have all donated their time and talent and will bring the house down. If you’ve seen them before you know what what’s in store and if you haven’t don’t take our word for it, find out for yourself!

This year’s theme appropriate to the Ringside is “Knock Out Plastics on the Beach.” As part of the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Against Plastics Campaign we will be encouraging local businesses to eliminate the use of plastic straws and lids at beachside locations or go with a greener alternative. That may  sound modest but come to a few cleanups and you’ll gain a whole new perspective. We will also be lobbying Pinellas municipalities to support the proposed opt-in legislation that will once again allow local communities to regulate plastic bags and bottles.

Our sponsors are sharing the love with fantastic schwag which we will raffle throughout the evening and the Ringside is graciously donating the $5.00 cover charge to our Chapter. Here’s a shout out to all our Sponsors, make sure to support them because time and time again they have come through for a multitude of  local and national causes!

The Ringside Cafe
The Reno Beach Surf Shop and Reno Downtown Joint
The Island Shop
Lenny’s Surf Shop
The Suncoast Surf Shop
Nekton Surf Shop
WaterSports West
Gulfster.com

Its going to be great, don’t miss it!

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