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Surfrider Takes Off: The Visionary Surfers of 1984

22:20 20th July 2009 by
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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Takes Off: The Visionary Surfers of 1984

AV Presentation by founder Glenn Hening

Premiere Showing July 22 at 7 pm – California Surf Museum

312 Pier View Way – Oceanside 760-721-6876

A benefit for the Museum’s Archive Project – $10 members/$15 non-members at the door or in advance at surfmuseum.org. Meet & greet at 6 pm – food and drinks while they last – Limited Seating!

Contact Glenn Hening at g.hening@rain.org / 805-382-0657

YouTube Links -

Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9AAKbCn0wE

Santa Monica roots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJWV0D8qQ6I

Early Inspirations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lHOop9xQjo&feature=channel

The Surfrider Foundation’s official website gives credit for creating the organization to a “handful of visionary surfers.” Now, as Surfrider celebrates its 25th anniversary, it’s a good time to take a closer look at those surfers and their historic contribution to surfing when they started the Foundation in 1984.

Who were they? What was their vision? What exactly did they do? And most importantly, what can today’s surfers and environmentalists learn about turning dreams into action from the determined team efforts of those early days?

These questions and more will be answered during a colorful and lively presentation by Glenn Hening, Surfrider’s founder*, as he tells a story with an inspirational message about trying to make the world a better place for ourselves and our children.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Surfrider came to life thanks to just such a small group: a high school teacher, a legendary surfer, a kneeboarder, a world traveler, a filmmaker/bodysurfer, a surf report writer, a surfer/graphic artist, and surfing’s first trained environmentalist. Theirs is a fascinating history that includes:

- Where the name came from – and why Surfrider is a “foundation”

- The indirect connection to surfing’s most famous rebel, “da Cat”

- The inside of a perfect wave: why the logo is such a powerful symbol

- Brainstorming at Bruce Springsteen shows – and the Olympic Games

- A key part of the original mission: The Baja Assistance Program

- the story of Tom Pratte, surfing’s first career environmentalist

- The “take no prisoners” attitude behind Surfrider’s first victory at Malibu, and more.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary with a “passing the torch” theme, “Surfrider Takes Off: The Visionary Surfers of 1984” is about passion, planning, and what it takes to try and leave a positive legacy of activism for future generations. And yet it’s quite a tale – because it’s a classic surf story!

About the speaker: Glenn Hening teaches history and math, is a co-founder of the Groundswell Society, was a Regents Lecturer at UCSB, and delivers motivational speeches to a variety of audiences about “Surfing Your Ocean.” He currently chairs an annual surfing conference at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and organizes an annual surfing event for youth groups at Rincon. However, if the surf’s good near his home at Oxnard Shores, chances are he’s in the water.

To book a show for your surf club, Surfrider chapter, or community groups. Contact: g.hening@rain.org / 805-382-0657.

*In affiliation with MainStreetMedia Inc., Santa Monica. No official connection to, nor implied affiliation with, the Surfrider Foundation’s Global HQ.

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