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Surfrider: Let’s Ride The Waves to a Cleaner Beach. By: Carsen Ott Alexander Burgos Collazo Joan Rodriguez Suarez Pedro J.Vazquez. An Introduction to Surfrider.
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Surfrider: Let’s Ride The Waves to a Cleaner Beach • By: Carsen Ott • Alexander Burgos Collazo • Joan Rodriguez Suarez • Pedro J.Vazquez
An Introduction to Surfrider • The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people through conservation, activism, research and education ( also known as C.A.R.E.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktt0eLuLih0
A Brief History • The Surfrider Foundation was established in Malibu, California in 1984 by a group of surfers. • They began as a small group by protesting threats towards their Malibu Point surf break. • Today, there are over 50,000 members in 80 different chapters worldwide spanning from Florida to Brazil and Japan. • The Rincón Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working in the community for several years with the goal of protecting our coasts natural resources and engaging the Rincón community in coastal zone management decisions
The Victory of The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve • The Surfrider Foundation was successful in establishing the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Puerto Rico, which is the first marine reserve established on the island. • It is one of the world’s first marine protected areas that include surfing as a key component. This marine reserve will protect both coastal ecosystems and surfing. • The Tres Palmas beach has earned a global reputation for its "giant" surfing waves and for possessing one of the healthiest Elkhorn coral reef colonies in the Caribbean. This coral has a vital ecological importance to the shores of Rincón, the health of the sea and the species that inhabit it.
Surfrider stages activities such as: • Pot-lucks (picnics) • Paddle-outs • Concerts (fundraising) • Beach clean-ups • Boat rides • Snorkeling and scuba diving to clean the reefs • Art projects at local schools
Art Projects at Local Schools • Volunteer with children at local elementary schools to promote environmental consciousness in the younger generation. • Students paint pictures and discuss environmental issues in Puerto Rico and what they can or want to do to help.
How You Can Become Involved in The Surfrider Foundation Rincón Chapter: • 1.Attend a Monthly Meeting held on the first Thursday of every month. • 2.Sign up to volunteer for one of the many events or activities held throughout the month. • 3.Sign up to be on Surfrider’s mailing list to receive emails about events. • 4.Become a member. • 5.Make a donation. • 7. And/or Visit The Surfrider Foundation Rincón’s website to learn more: http://www.surfrider.org/rincon
Benefits of becoming a member: • One year’s worth of Surfrider Foundation award winning publication, Making Waves • Discounts at a number of retailers and restaraunts. • Surfrider Foundation membership stickers. • Surfrider Foundation Chapter contact and volunteer information. • For signups of $100 and above, you receive a special Surfrider Foundation t-shirt and additional items.