Discussion in 'Events and Activities' started by greenroomsurfer, Apr 23, 2008.
It was a huge turnout with lots of happy faces.
It was a great time! Kaiboo enjoyed the eye candy.... (I did not look at all!)
We had some very special surfers and one even got a standing ovation as he surfed to shore!!!Thanks to Ride On for the excellent lessons! FUNN night!
Thank you everyone for making ISD a great event. It was nice to see all the support. Looking forward to next year already!!
Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation Raises $2,500 at International Surfing Day EventThe non-profit environmental organization receives big turnout from local surfing and beach community
Santa Rosa Beach, FL (July 1, 2008) ? On Friday, June 20, 2008, over 250 participants attended the local Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation?s International Surfing Day (ISD) celebration down on the beach behind Pompano Joe?s in Miramar Beach. The family-friendly event took place at 6 pm and including a paddle out, raffle and live auction, live music from local musician Cody Copeland, pizza by Woody?s in Destin and a bonfire complete with s?mores for the kids.
The event was the culmination of a series of local Surfrider events during the month of June that included a stand up paddle board (SUP) race and beach clean up day. With the combined fundraising efforts of both the SUP race and the ISD raffle & live auction, the local non-profit environment organization successfully raised over $2,500.
?We absolutely could not have done it without the support of our generous sponsors who donated items for the raffle and live auction,? said Madra McDonald, Surfrider member in charge of handling the promotions for the event. ?The proceeds we raised went back into the local chapter to help pay for the operating costs to continue our efforts to promote ocean awareness and host regular beach clean-ups throughout the year. More importantly, the event was a great success in that help spread the word about our local chapter and recruit new members.?
Sponsors of the Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation?s ISD event included: Ride On Surf School, Meyer Skimboards, RYNO & Kidz Beach, M Public Relations, DeGregorio Design, Table Five Personal Chef Service, Woody?s, Mid Bay Media, The Walton Sun, SoWal Scene, 30A.com, SoWal.com, Perpetual Imagination, Romona Robbins Photography, Skymo Images, BlueMountainSurf.com, Billabong Grand Boulevard, Brah Ha Surf Shop, Fluid Surf Shop, Aqua Surf Shop, XL Kites, Islander?s Surf & Sport, YOLO Board, Gulf Coast Surf Sisters, Ocean Grown International, Beach Properties of Florida, Stinky?s Fish Camp, artist Justin Lyons, musician Cody Copeland, and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses.
On Friday, June 13, 2008, the local Surfrider chapter teamed up with YOLO Board to host the ?Stand Up For Our Oceans? four-member paddle board team challenge on Oyster Lake in Santa Rosa Beach. Over 70 spectators turned out to catch the race and cheer on the six teams that included: Team YOLO, Team Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin Health & Fitness Club, Team Brah Ha Surf Shop, Team Aqua Surf Shop, and Team RYNO/Kidz Beach. The awards-ceremony took place at the International Surfing Day celebration with Team Brah-Ha Surf Shop winning first place based on the largest monetary donation made. In an effort to raise proceeds for the local chapter, the teams were able to improve their times by offering up donations after the race. Each dollar raised shaved a second off the clock.
?The Surfrider ?Stand Up For Our Oceans? paddle board race was a huge success. What started as a simple gathering for friends to play and fall off their paddle boards while supporting conservation and beach access transformed into a large event that did exactly the same thing. We were especially grateful to have the support of YOLO Board who supplied the boards for the race and we look forward to future events,? said Mike Sturdivant, Surfrider member in charge of spearheading the race.
The following morning on Saturday, June 14, 2008, over 20 members of the local chapter regrouped to conduct a beach clean-up down on the beach in front of Majestic Sun in Miramar Beach.
Established four years ago by the Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day is the one day a year where surfers from around the globe come together to celebrate the sport of surfing and pitch in to give back to our world?s oceans, waves and beaches.
The Florida Panhandle Chapter Surfrider Foundation is still seeking local sponsors to help pay for the costs to host regular beach clean-ups. For more information on how to become a sponsor, please email Madra McDonald at email@example.com.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world?s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org.
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