Monday, August 1, 2016

Surfing Into the Hall of Fame

On June 11, 2016, the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame (NJSHOF) gala was held at Anchor’s Bend in Asbury Park, NJ, to celebrate over 100 years of surfing the Jersey coast, as well as celebrate a mix of current milestones and lifetime commitments. Fifteen respected surfers from Sandy Hook to Cape May selected this year’s nominees and the NJSHOF Induction Board selected each winner.

The gala was held to honor individuals, businesses, and environmental organizations important to the sport of surfing.  Cindy Zipf, COA’s Executive Director, was honored to be named “Environmental Steward of the Year” for her tireless and continued dedication to the maintenance, preservation, and protection of the oceans and beaches and for her advocacy on behalf of all surfers. COA appreciates the kind words stated in Eastern Surf Magazine, “COA is at the forefront of all environmental concerns in NJ and Cindy and her team are vital caretakers of our beloved oceans and beaches. Surfers, in general, are good stewards, but it takes a special person to devote her entire life to the cause, and we owe Cindy and all the nominees a great debt.”

Cindy was presented with a beautiful, original CarvinArt award created by Monmouth County artist, Ronnie Jackson. It is proudly displayed on the wall in Cindy’s office.

Scott Thompson, an enthusiastic volunteer for COA since 1984, environmental activist, and avid surfer since age 10, presented Zipf with the award noting, “I have known Cindy for over 40 years. No one does more or cares more for the ocean than Cindy – day in, day out, year after year, battle after battle. She is the primary reason our ocean here in the NY Bight, particularly, NJ, is clean for surfing. Without her passion and commitment, each of us would be surfing with respirators on. For that ongoing care and positive direction, we should all be grateful for Cindy Zipf leading the charge in ocean environmental crusading and surfing’s sustainability. Congratulations, Cindy, and on behalf of the surfing community – thank you!”

What’s Your Jersey Shore Thing?

Whether it’s an evening bike ride on the boardwalk, a seafood dinner, planting fragrant flowers on a summer night, a relaxing session of yoga, a memorable piece of jewelry, or surfing during the golden hour, all of these memorable summer activities are made possible by local businesses that support clean beaches and safe waterways.

It’s a Jersey Shore Thing to support Clean Ocean Action! During the 99 days of summer, ocean-friendly businesses are showing their support for COA’s year-round work through this summer’s exciting campaign, “It’s a Jersey Shore Thing!”

You can help make a difference by visiting local participating businesses that offer specials, donate a
percent of their sales, give away door prizes, and much more to help raise funds for Clean Ocean Action.

For a list of participating businesses and events, please visit CleanOceanAction.org. 

Beach to Table: 2016 COAST Campaign Highlights Local Activism

As the summer days bring crowds to the beautiful Jersey Shore, C.O.A.S.T., COA’s citizen outreach program, is in full swing at beach clubs and beachfronts. Visitors at tables are interactively engaged in learning about the trials and triumphs of keeping our beaches and our precious waterways protected and pristine! Stop by one of our tables and learn how you can:
- Curb your use of plastics
- Help clean up the Navesink River
- Participate in an upcoming Beach Sweep
- Walk your dog or lead a pack of dogs at the Sandy Paws event on September 24, 2016
- Vote for your ocean by completing a survey
- Volunteer to become an ocean advocate
…and much more!

We have many openings for volunteers to staff the C.O.A.S.T. tables throughout August weekends. COA will be in Avon, Allenhurst, Elberon and Lavallette on August 6th and 7th. On August 13th and 14th we will be in Ocean Grove, The Monmouth Beach Pavilion, Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant and in Island Beach State Park. All tables run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There is still time this summer to put your ocean passion to work informing and enlightening the summer crowds about the ways they can help protect our beloved coast. Go to Clean Ocean Action’s website where there is a link to the Google form, and there you can sign up to staff a table.
Hope to see you at a C.O.A.S.T. table soon!

Calling all Pups that Love the Beach!

Does your dog enjoy chasing a ball down a clean beach, jumping in the crashing waves and digging a hole in the sand that never ends? Celebrate clean beaches and join us with your dog this fall at Sandy Paws!

•Register Your Dog(s) Today for Sandy Paws!
- Once registered, you can choose a walk location, join a pack, and create your dog’s fundraising page. Your pup could become the 2016 Top Dog! More details on COASandyPaws.org
Join an Existing Pack or Become a Pack Leader!
- COA is excited to announce that Sandy Paws now has “Packs” and walks across New Jersey. Join a Pack or Create a Pack and organize a walk near you! For a complete list of locations, visit the Sandy Paws website.
• Support Sandy Paws!
- Donate today if you just love this idea and want to support a dog or the event to help fund Clean Ocean Action.
- Sponsorship, Vendor and In-kind Donation Opportunities are available! Call 732-872-0111 for more ways to get involved!
To Register Please Visit: COASandyPaws.org
Instagram: Coa_SandyPaws
Facebook.com/COASandyPaws 
For additional information please call: 732-872-0111 or email TWoods@cleanoceanaction.org.