As part of Raptober (the month long challenge to rise above plastics), the Surfrider Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual ONE FOOT AT A TIME plastic clean-up event. The goal again this year is to remove one thousand square feet of plastic from communities.

This fun and exciting event will bring together volunteers from across the country to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time. The collected material will be used to create unique mosaic sculptures. Last year over 300 awesome submissions were received for the Surfrider Foundation’s 1st Annual One Foot at a Time event.

Surfrider Foundation will be awarding their favorite submissions with a host of prizes.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Step One: CLICK HERE to download one or all of the One Foot at a Time templates.
  • Step Two: Print out the template and tape the pieces together
  • Step Three: Go outside and collect as many pieces of plastic as you can from your local beach, park, playground, neighborhood, etc.
  • Step Four: Arrange the pieces of plastic that you’ve collected on your One Foot at a Time template. Make sure and cover the entire gridded area. Be creative – try and utilize the various shapes and colors of the plastic pieces you’ve collected to make your mosaic unique.
  • Step Five: Take a photo of your mosaic sculpture and send it to OFAAT@surfrider.org. Make sure to include your full name and location where you collected the trash to make your sculpture.
  • Step Six: Dispose of your One Foot at a Time sculpture in an appropriate waste container designated for recycling

Submitted pictures will be shared on http://www.raptober.org/images/. Check out the site to see last year’s winners.

The best mosaics will be awarded prizes, including:

  • Most Creative: OFAAT submission that shows the most creativity in terms of design. We will be rewarding one winner for each of the five templates.
  • Best Use of Materials: OFFAAT submission that makes the best use of collected materials (e.g. all bottle caps, all same color pieces of plastic, etc.)
  • Most Trash Collected: The person who makes the most OFAAT submissions (note – they’ll be comparing your pictures to make sure you’re not simply using the same pieces of trash over and over)
  • Best Photo: OFAAT submission with the best, most artistic photo
  • “The Wheel” – The person who submits the best overall OFAAT submission for ALL FIVE templates (must utilize unique pieces of trash for all submissions).

So… get your creative juices out there, while ridding the world of extraneous plastic and trash.

All photos must be submitted by next Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Winners will be notified and announced the first week of November.

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With Julian Wilson (AUS) winning the Rip Curl Pro Portugal event last Friday, the title race now moves to event number 9: the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California from November 1-11, 2012.

It was an exciting final seconds at Supertubos when Julian Wilson (AUS) beat Gabriel Medina (BRA) with a barrel ride to win his first World Tour event. The win over 18-year-old Medina earned 23-year-old Wilson 10,000 points toward the World Tour title and $75,000, leaving Wilson in sixth place in the ranking.

11-time tour champion Kelly Slater (USA) failed to find a wave to get him to the semifinals. Kelly still remains in second place in the ASP World Tour rankings despite his bad finish in Portugal.

He is 5,500 points behind Joel Parkinson for the lead. Parkinson lost to Medina in the semifinals. He still maintains his overall lead for the 2012 title with 52,700 points.

With only 2 events left – the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz in California and Banzai Pipeline in Oahu – this means that the title race will go down to the wire at Pipeline for the first time since 2006.

The 25-year-old O’Neill Coldwater Classic is on the ASP World Tour for the first time since ASP created a two-tiered competition system in 1992. It also coincides with the 60th anniversary of O’Neill Wetsuits.

Here is the current ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

  1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts
  2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts
  3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts
  4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts
  5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts

The pressure is on!

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Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature piece that detailed that many East Coasters and Manhattanites have opted to hang ten instead of hit 18 holes to make business deals and connections.

“The ocean is the new golf course,” says technology industry recruiter Alan Cutter, 43 years old.

According to the WSJ, a small group from the tech industry is choosing New York’s beaches to build business relationships. About 30 people have joined a LinkedIn group created by Cutter for digital media surfers earlier this year.

New York City is now the fastest-growing tech sector in the nation, altering New York’s more traditional corporate culture with a Silicon Valley-like lifestyle. At the same time, beaches ranging from Rockaway to Montauk are gaining popularity as surfing destinations. New York Surf School in Rockaway Beach reports classes have doubled in size in the past four years.

Plus, Quiksilver’s Pro surfing competition last year put Long Beach, N.Y. on the surf spot radar.

It will be interesting to see if the East Coast mindset continues to embrace more West Coast values. While NYC’s surfing culture is gaining traction, it still isn’t as widespread as the West Coast, which has bigger, more consistent waves.

Still, others note that surfing meet-ups only work in the tech sector since timing waves are crucial, and so it is only a possibility where workers can set their own schedule. “The only two types of people who have time to surf are bums and the tech industry,” said Eli Mechlovitz, founder of online retailer KidsSocks.com and a member of Mr. Cutter’s group.

Plus, as we all know, there are unspoken rules in the water which could make for tricky business negotiating. Don’t’ forget your etiquette – wave hogging and wave stealing could totally ruin business prospects.

We’re curious… anyone strike any good business deals out on the water? If so, we’d love to hear about it!

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Celebrating its 14th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is now open for submissions for 2013. Festival organizers are calling all possible directors to submit their action sport film now to save and receive a discount when submitted through Withoutabox.

Named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine, the Newport Beach Film Festival, held each year in Newport Beach, California, spotlights films from around the world including features, shorts, documentaries, and animations. The 2012 festival featured 460 different films, and the festival draws more than 30,000 attendees annually.

Since its establishment in 1999, the festival has presented many acclaimed films, including Crash (in its 2005 premiere), Dogtown and Z-Boys, Dust to Glory, Jewtopia (in its 2012 premier), Just Like the Son, and Spellbound, as well as anniversary screenings of classics such as The French Connection, Sunset Boulevard, and The Outsiders, and the 50th anniversary of the Jim Henson Company.

The festival also sponsors a Community Outreach Program through which they partner with over 30 non-profit organizations in Orange County from various sectors including the arts, health and human services, the environment, education, children’s causes and alumni clubs. The Community Outreach Program was created with the idea that film offers new perspectives and possibilities for a changing world. Each organization is paired with a film that is likely to attract an audience interested in its cause.

Next year’s festival will run from April 25th to May 2nd, 2013. Festival information, events, and schedule are available on their website at www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Continue reading

It’s that time of year – Halloween is right around the corner! Our New York-based fans can check out the Nightmare on 90th Costume Surf Contest presented by B&B Board Storage and Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday, October 27th.

The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a not-for-profit community organization and social club, helps promote the community of Rockaway Beach, a historic and up-and-coming New York City neighborhood and surf destination. Members can come together to exchange ideas, create art, make things, have fun, and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood and its residents.

Enjoy a day of surfing, costumes, music and movies.

To purchase tickets, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4541026332/efblike. More details on the event below:

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012

12:00 – 3:00 pm: Expression Session in Costume
Beach 90th Street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Prizes for: Best Wave in a Costume and Best Costume (male and female)

4:00 pm: After-Party at THE SPOT
302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Outdoor Screening of KOOK PARADISE
http://www.nowness.com/day/2012/9/3/2411/kook-paradise
Live Performance by THE DEAD EXS

Complimentary Beverages from Dundee Ales & Lagers
Food available from 666 Burger

Online ticket buyers will be entered to win a Brand New Stewart Hydro Hull Surfboard from Global Surf Industries

Tickets: $10 in Advance, $20 Day of Event
Includes Contest Registration and After-Party with Open Bar
FREE for RBSC Members

**Space to Shower and Change after the contest at The Spot**
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