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Mark your calendars for this Saturday, which is designated as Underwater Parks Day.

Now in its 5th year, Underwater Parks Day is a coordinated event by aquaria and marine science centers throughout Southern California to celebrate Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and educate the public about the statewide network of MPAs and the need for these special “Underwater Parks.”

The date was chosen because one of the best times to experience California’s ocean at its finest is during the first month of the year. In addition, California’s new network of over 100 underwater parks was completed just last December, and they have planned activities and celebrations throughout the California coast at state beaches, aquaria, and nature centers. It’s perfect for kids and adults to enjoy a day surrounded by sea life and learn more about the benefits of protecting California’s prime ocean habitats.

Some events you may spot include grey whales traveling south along the coast to lagoons in Baja, California where they will give birth to calves. Some preemies and their mothers are already showing up off the coast of Los Angeles and San Diego, a total plus for whale watchers.

Further north, male elephant seals are engaging in their spectacular, violent mating rituals, while females are giving birth to a new generation of pups. Exciting stuff!

So, come learn about MPAs and why they are important to help sustain, conserve, and protect marine life populations, habitats, and ecosystems. Speakers, presentations, kid-friendly activities, short films, and arts and craft projects will be available at most locations. Visitors will learn more about the Marine Life Protection Act and the process that aims to conserve and improve California coastal marine resources.

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The first of the King Tide events for 2013 begin today, January 9th and run until this Friday, January 11th. So, grab your camera, head to the shoreline, and take some pictures!

The California King Tides initiative, sponsored by government and nonprofit groups, began 3 years ago and encourages camera-toting volunteers to photograph and document the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) as an illustration of what low-lying coastal areas could look like if predictions about the Earth’s climate come to pass.

The photographs submitted to the group will be used to help visualize the impact of rising waters on the California coast by creating a map that will catalog coastal areas that are currently affected by extreme water levels. A report containing a selection of the submissions will be available after the event.

Since our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes, the images can offer a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise.

“It’s definitely very high tides this year, and we just encourage people to use this opportunity to go out, take pictures and reflect what this means for our shoreline and the fact that’s its constantly changing even today, and how that might affect how we think about sea level rise in the future,” says coordinator Heidi Nuttles.

Photos taken during king tide events document impacts to private property, public infrastructure, and wildlife habitat across the state.

So, have fun and be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions. If you can’t shoot photos for this run, the next one will be February 7th-9th

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The 5th annual NY Surf Film Festival, which happened mid-September, finally announced its 2012 awards last month. Presented again by the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the NYSFF welcomed international filmmakers, avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs, and friends to Nitehawk Cinemas, NYC on September 19th and 20th, 2012 for an arrangement of 30 films from around the world, intimate Q&A sessions and charity fundraising.

Film awards were given for outstanding work in both feature and short form film, cinematography, soundtrack, as well as the viewer’s choice selection. There were thirteen sold out screenings, and over 1,500 people in attendance at the numerous premieres and parties.

The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing with a forum to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The aim is to program a mix of film views and stories from all over the different parts of the world.

From both Indie as well as established surf filmmakers, The New York Surf Film Festival hopes to foster the growth of this global community in NYC. The New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) is one of the many surf film festivals around the world in the collaborative launch of the Global Surf Film Festival Collective (GSFFC) at, a streamlined one stop submission process to worldwide surf film festivals.

Congrats to the winners:


Further information about the New York Surf Film Festival and the films are available at,, or by regular mail to New York Surf Film Festival LLC 242 President St #3R Brooklyn, NY 11231. Also check in at for 2013 festival details and updates.

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What are you doing later? Join our friends at Sector 9, who are hosting the Midmonth Mustache Melee benefitting Movember. Bring your mustache and party for a cause in Pacific Beach, San Diego at the Duck Dive bar, today, Friday, Nov. 16. Costumes are encouraged!


There will be giveaways, raffle, drink specials, and more.

The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, California 92109
6pm – 10pm

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First, happy belated birthday to surfing legend Rob Machado, who celebrated his birthday last month (Tuesday, October 16th). In Machado’s surfing heyday, he was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006.

Second, The Rob Machado Foundation, founded by the very same birthday boy, has announced that it will hold its first-ever benefit concert featuring solo acoustic sets from Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, as well as a set from Jon Swift joined by Machado.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit The Rob Machado Foundation (RMF), a California based 501c(3) not-for-profit private foundation that Machado founded in 2004 as a way to support environmental programs worldwide. RMF was created to support charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide.

The foundation’s primary mission is to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth. Two specific programs benefiting from the evening are the local community-recycling program and Hydration Nation, a collaboration between RMF and Hurley’s H20 charity giving program.

Event Details:
: Monday, November 12, 2012
: The Belly-Up, 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA
Show Begins: 8:00PM PST
Doors Open
: 7:00 PM
Age Policy: Ages 21 and up
Price: $40/ticket of $60/ticket for reserved seating

A limited number of VIP tickets, priced at $150, will be available via and will include:

  • 1 Ticket to the Event
  • Access to a Meet and Greet with the performers
  • 1 Limited Edition Special Event Poster signed by Machado and all the artists

Tickets are on sale now at and at the venue’s box office: (858) 481-8140.
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