Photo credit: Ryan Struck
Surfers and surfing groups have always been a key component of the COAlition and big supporters of COA's work. August has seen support from the surfing world on both coasts.
Clean Ocean Action board member John Grossarth was instrumental in connecting COA with the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), based in Laguna Niguel, CA. SIMA provides grant opportunities to organizations dedicated to ocean protection, and COA was honored to be one of the groups named as a SIMA Foundation beneficiary. Funding provided by SIMA has helped advance COA's water quality protection initiatives that ensure surfers, swimmers, and everyone else who enjoys a day at the beach or on the water can do so safely. COA was also invited to SIMA's 25th annual Waterman's Ball, held on August 9th in recognition of those who have contributed to the surf industry and marine protection. Long-time COA supporters Doug and Sibila Hopper, who live in California, attended on behalf of the organization.
Recognition of 2014 Honorees. From left to right: Hobie Alter, Ted Danson, Paul Naude, Rusty Preisendorfer and Tom Carroll.
Rusty Preisendorfer with Doug and Sibila Hopper
Ted Danson and Sibila Hopper
And on the east coast: Eastern Surf Magazine, based in Florida, recently published an article on seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. The article quotes COA and gives tips on how individuals can get involved in building opposition to seismic testing and offshore drilling!