We are so stoked to announce the line-up for our annual holiday party featuring:
Resinated 9:30-10:45pm https://www.facebook.com/Resinated
Tribal Style 8:30-9:15 pm https://www.facebook.com/tribalstylemusic
Freelow 7:30-8:15pm https://www.facebook.com/FreelowMusic
Mountain Holler 6:30-7:15pm http://mountainholler.bandcamp.com/
TNA 5:30-6:15 pm
We will be celebrating another successful year in style with our toes in the sand and waves & music under the stars. “Barefeet, Black-Tie & Boardies” attire suggested, but casual is always welcome at the beach. Or feel free to rock your favorite bikini and evening wear combination, & we’ll have prizes for the best dressed! Even if it’s chilly, the good vibes, drink specials & heaters will warm you right up. We’ll also be raffling off boards & schwag bags from our favorite local surf shops in gratitude for all of your support & efforts towards our campaigns! Members will receive a FREE t-shirt. All this for a suggested donation of $10 to support our mission for the protection & enjoyment of our beaches, oceans & waves! Many thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, members & our Suncoast surf/music community!
The Perry Harvey Sr, Park Skate Bowl aka “Bro Bowl” was built in 1978 and is one of the world’s oldest and last remaining skateparks of the 70’s surf-style era. Our chapter was approached last Spring by the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation when it was being threatened to be demolished by the City of Tampa. We helped to create and share a petition that obtained over 2,300 signatures to help “Save the Bro Bowl.” This campaign was successful, as the “Bro Bowl” was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although it’s fate and ultimate location remains unknown at this time, we will continue to work with our surf/skate community in preservation efforts. Thank you for all of your support! http://www.skateboardingheritage.org
Lassing Park is a beautiful dog and family friendly beach on Tampa Bay in the Old Southeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Kiteboarders also love it’s location and frequent onshore winds. The Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation hosted a beach clean-up on Saturday November 23rd. We educated members of the neighborhood and their kids about the harmful impacts of single-use plastic consumption. In just one hour, we collected over 72 plastic straws, 58 plastic bottles & 196 plastic bottle caps! Our goal is to collect this data in one clean-up per month to help bring awareness to this issue. Many thanks to all our volunteers, members and friends from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission & Collegiate Kiteboarding Association!
This October, we’re celebrating RAP Month, a month-long challenge to reduce our plastic footprint. We’re also working to remove 1,000 feet of plastic pollution from our marine environment. Check out the RAP Month event page for more details and how to get involved. Here are two Suncoast Chapter events where you get join the fun!
Twin Piers Beach Cleanup
• Date: October 5, 2013
• Time: 9:00am
• Location (City, State): Twin Piers, 6th St. South and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL
• Learn More!
Fall Paddle Festival and Beach Cleanup
• Date: October 19, 2013
• Time: 9:00am
• Location (City, State): Caddy’s on the Beach, Treasure Island, FL
• Learn More!
We’re also participating in One Foot At A Time, an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time, and using the material to create unique mosaics from the downloadable templates.
After creating your work of art, be sure to snap a photo and email it to OneFoot@surfrider.org so that we can share your art with the world. Surfrider Foundation will judge all submissions and hand out prizes for our favorites. Download templates, check out the prizes and learn more here!
Today, MARCH 16th!!!! Running for Brews- Beach Bash/Beach Cleanup/5k and Suncoast Surfrider Team Up!
Suncoast Surfrider Foundation is teaming up to make the one year anniversary a huge success! Special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors. Come on out and take part in the 5k, clean the beach and have a party!
OVER 300 MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ATTENDED! WOOOO HOOOOO !!!! Also, many new memberships and renewals!
Suncoast Chapter kicked off the New Year in style! With over 300 members, sponsors and friends Suncoast Chapter really got the word out! We formed some amazing partnerships starting with Adam St. Simons from Gulfster Presents, which is the production arm of Gulfster.com. Our partnerships are an indicator as to just how valued we are to the community! With over 25 sponsors seemingly pouring their hearts and donations out to us, we were truly taken back. To see that our community cares about our mission, as much as we do, is a breath of fresh air.
Johnny Reno stepped up big time by allowing us the usage of his bar at The St. Petersburg Pier! What an amazing venue with Tampa Bay as a backdrop, we could not lose. This location also doubles as our official home for chapter meetings, which take place every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm! John takes time to make sure the music is turned down and provides a clean space and allows us the usage of TVs for movies and educational purposes.
The event was designed to raise awareness about our foundation, sign up new members or renewals, and to raise funds for our future marketing campaign that will help us fight plastic pollution! In addition, we wanted to form key partnerships in the community. Our bands really stepped up in a big way, along with “Soundman Rob” from Saint Petersburg Sound and Light.
The bands were opened by “Freelow”. As music started pouring out of their instruments like waves lapping up on the beach, the vibe infected everyone. Many people started to visit our tables as volunteers greeted, accepted donations, and signed up new members. The Sheffield Crew, with their edgy vibe, really started to “amp up” the party. Chris and crew hit it on all cylinders! The Hip Abduction, our featured performers, did not disappoint! With balance, harmony and energy they lit up the stage and people were dancing and swaying to their melodies. Tribal Style, a repeat Surfrider Foundation volunteer band, rounded out the night with reggae perfection! Nobody was ready to leave including the band. All of the bands performed for the nominal fee of a meal and a beer!
Why go through all the trouble? It is important to get the word out, build our culture and educate the public as to what the Suncoast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is all about. This event empowered our tremendous board and volunteers to give back to the community and the partnerships formed in the planning stages will become invaluable for future events. We are already in the process of working with Corona/Pacifico to conduct a combined beach clean-up/party at the beach in the spring!
In closing, our volunteers were invaluable to the success of this event. Speaking with Adam, from “Gulfster Presents”, we talked about how some people don’t like to clean the beach or plant sea oats, but that is okay. Everyone has a different skill set. People can find ways to contribute remotely, financially, or in person. The main thing is to become a member. That is the number one way that YOU can make a difference. When it comes to political pull and having influence in the community there is power in numbers. Our goal over the next three years is to grow our base active membership to over 1000! Currently, were are right around 300 active members and 200 other members that just need to renew. In the past, government entities, businesses, and corporations could act unabated and not consult the public on projects without input from citizens. The Suncoast Chapter formed because Pinellas County armored St. Pete Beach with T-Groins. We did not have a voice, but now we do! We are still fighting the good fight and our influence has at least altered the project to make it safer for swimmers, surfers and beach users. The influence we enjoy now is a direct result of our power in numbers!
Joining is easy. Just go to the top of our page at www.suncoastsurfrider.org, go to the Join Now tab and follow the steps. It’s that easy! Print up the final page that shows you processed it and bring it to the next meeting as a voucher for a chapter T-Shirt!
Crave a Wave~
Special thanks to our Sponsors:
- Gulfster Presents
- Reno Beach Surf Shop and Johnny Reno’s Waterside Grille
- Corona Light
- Klever Skateboards
- Murder Ride Skateboards
- Mandalay Surf and Sport
- Nekton Surf Shop
- The Island Shop
- Suncoast Surf Shop
- Lenny’s Surf Shop
- The Surf Shack
- Addictive Board Sports
- Water Sports West
- Liquid Soul
- Power Up Auto
- Grimaldi’s Pizza
- Russ D Prints
- Yoga Blu
- others- unidentified (We had many last minute donations)
- The Sheffield Crew
- Hip Abduction
- Tribal Style
Dear Suncoast Members and Supporters,
As your Vice Chair I wanted to share some personal thoughts. We, as a chapter, a community, a support group have ebbs and flows. Almost two years ago I was asked to take on the role of Vice Chair by a friend of mine and I thought I was doing the chapter a favor, like I was helping out. True, it feels good to volunteer and to know you are making a positive impact on your community.This thought is gratifying, but being a board member has taken me down a different road. It has been a road of self reflection. As it turns out, my friend and chapter were doing ME a favor by asking me to be on the board. This journey has taken me down a road that has helped me become a better man and there certainly is a lot of refining left to do. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve because it has helped me grow.
I wanted to say thank you to my friends, volunteers and those that I have yet to meet. It is the future of our chapter and organizations like ours that give me hope that our planet has protectors. In January we have our annual kick-off celebration! As I sit here listening to my favorite AC/DC tracks I wonder what the new year has to bring? All I know is that I sit here thankful, knowing full well that the year ahead brings challenges, successes, and reflective moments.
In the last couple of years I have been blown away by the amount of plastic debris found on our beaches. I thought our beaches were clean, but close inspection exposes a different kind of truth. We found over 1050 plastic straws on a stretch of beach that is 400 yards long on St Pete Beach, FL! Those straws did not wash up. Many other plastics were found as a well. I am convinced that we need to find ways to educate the public, corporations and ourselves on how we can do simple things that can have big impacts.
In the end, I am one person and as a board we are collectively a small group, but as a chapter we are powerful. As a chapter, we are consummately professional, caring of our environment and most of all in it together!
Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
See you at the “Party at the Pier!” on January 5th, 2013….
Ron Henkel, Vice Chair~
Time to take action!
The DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) and the USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) are about to decide on the state of YOUR beach!
DEP approved the permit. Added below are all of the county administrators emails, phone numbers,etc. Let them know how you feel about the decision to spend 17 million in taxpayer money on a project that does not work as intended.
Please take the time to write or call into the persons listed and voice your opinion!
NO ONE should have a stake in YOUR beach and surf zone more than YOU!
The rock T-Groins should not be installed for the following reasons:
- Current Project has not met the 50% overall sand saving projection
- Financial feasibility and cost saving calculations contain errors
- Project has not proven nourishment cycle will be lengthened to 6 years
- Safety hazard of rock implementation has not been addressed
- Diminished recreational usage of public beach has not fully been addressed
- Public has not been advised the total cost of combined rock implementation equates to an estimate of $17 million
Ms. Danielle Fondren
Beaches and Coastal Systems
Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard
Mail Station 300
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
Tracy Hurst, Biologist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
10117 Princess Palm Ave., Suite 120
Tampa, FL 33610