The inaugural Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam brings together stars from the world of music, film, professional surfing, and Surfrider Foundation activists from across the country on Sunday, September 11th for a friendly surfing competition in the waters off of Huntington Beach to help raise awareness of the importance and fragility of beach and coastal environments.
Celebrities taking part include musicians Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney (Incubus), Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) and Jim Lindberg (Pennywise), four-time Olympic medal winning swimmer Aaron Peirsol, surfers Pat O’Connell, Rob Machado, Jeff Deffenbaugh, Alex Grey and Dane Reynolds. The Surf Jam is being chaired by X-Games and ABC Sports commentator Sal Masekla.
“We have been surfing our whole lives, so protecting the oceans and beaches is especially important to us. It is our honor and privilege to participate in such a worthy cause,” said Brandon Boyd of Incubus.
Professional surfer Alex Grey added, “I don’t think people understand how harmful it is dumping everyday waste products down sewer drains. My constant ear and sinus infections can show for this! Surfrider Foundation is putting an end to water pollution and spreading stoke to everyone who loves the ocean.”
“Spreading stoke” – dig it.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a clutch of concerned surfers, the Foundation now boasts over 40,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
The interesting Surfrider blog is here, and the foundation’s recent “State of the Beach ’05” report on coastal environmental conditions in the U.S. is here. The “Bad and the Rad” section is particularly compelling, detailing threats to beaches and programs to protect them.