2004-05-21 / Sports

Henrick’s Surf Update: Surfriders Clean Beach

By Henrick Karoliszyn

Henrick’s Surf Update: Surfriders Clean Beach

By Henrick Karoliszyn

Rockaway seemed to unveil a glimpse of summer, Saturday, at Beach 90th street, as surfers were out from the early morning to the late afternoon hours.  Accompanying the surfers were members of the "Surfrider Foundation" as well, who had a "Surfrider.org" tent on the boardwalk to gain support for the beach clean-up organization, accepting donations of any amount to help in the process of trying to rebuild beach land from coast to coast.

With more than 37,000 members and 60 local chapters in the U.S., the Surfrider Foundation also has affiliations in Australia, Japan, France and Brazil.  The 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.

Members of the Surfrider Foundation flooded the beaches during the weekend, picking up garbage and watching the surf, while enjoying the weather. 

"It has been great doing this," said Travis Beck, 22. "I love to watch the surfing while getting tan and helping out the environment. "It’s just a good cause."

The Surfrider Foundation, which has members of all ages, welcomes anyone who wants to join the New York Chapter by logging on to Surfrider.org.  Members clean up the beach and get updated information on current developments in the progress of aiming to rid the beaches of erosion, pollution and contaminated waters. Formed in 1984 in Malibu, California, the organization has grown immensely.

"Our goal is to make the beach going experience better for everyone and so far we have done just that," Beck says.

As for the surfing; the waves maxed out around four foot mid breaking peaks, changing tides at around noon.  With about 20 surfers on hand, the summer season looked to be in full effect. "We’ve waited all season for this," surfer and 24-year-old, Long Beach native, Jason Alexander said, "It’s good to know that we’ve waited for a clean beach that people care about." 

To find out more about Surfrider or to make a donation, log on to Surf rider.org.

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