tanna frederick today

April 4, 2011

Get Your Surf On!

Tanna Frederick rides the waves

Okay, you won’t catch me surfing but I love to watch it. Tanna Frederick’s wonderful organization Project Save Our Surf is already promoting their next Surf 24 Surf-A-Thon. It’s happening in August and it’s an educational, fundraising, fun event with amateur and pro surfers, celebs, great bands, movies, stuff for kids, etc.

I read an interview where Tanna Frederick said that she, and others, were getting sick from surfing in the bay and that there was an astounding amount of trash and pollution. She wanted to do something about it and she created Project Save Our Surf.

Project Save Our Surf is “Dedicated to the conservation of our oceans and the delicate marine ecosystems that reside therein. We are surfers, celebrities, friends, family and businesses creating events and initiatives to support clean ocean organizations.”

That’s an interesting mission statement. They’re smart enough not to reinvent the wheel and create a new group that’s duplicating the efforts of existing groups. They are supporting those groups, not only with funds, but by making people aware that these organizations exist and that their efforts are paying off. Last year’s surf-a-thon raised funds for:

Surfrider Foundation – “The Surfrider 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.”

Surfrider has had over 150 “coastal victories” since 2006.

Heal The Bay – “Our Mission: making southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.”

Did you know that 25 MILLION plastic bags per year are distributed in Santa Monica alone? Heal The Bay led the effort to get the Santa Monica City Council to ban the distribution of plastic bags by grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. The Santa Monica bag ban goes into effect in September 2011. Residents are urged to use (and re-use) the bags made from recycled plastics. A bag ban in Santa Monica? THAT’S impressive!

Inside The Outdoors Foundation –  “Stimulating the boundless wonder children have for the natural world around them. That is our mission at Inside the Outdoors, and it is one we take very seriously. Our programs take lessons from the classroom and create fun, unforgettable hands-on experiences. These are powerful moments that leave children with a lifelong enthusiasm for the environment.”

They have classroom training with traveling scientists, “tyke hikes”, day camps and lots of other fabulous programs for kids. Imagine how much our children’s chances of survival will increase just because they grow up knowing the importance of taking care of the planet and knowing the consequences of their actions on the environment. Inside the Outdoors Foundation is doing that in a big way.

Check out the websites of each of these organizations. They are all listed on the Blogroll in the right-hand column on this screen.

Tanna Frederick and Project Save Our Surf have chosen some incredible organizations to support and make people aware of. I’m blown away by what each of them has and is accomplishing. This is proof that grassroots organizations can and do work, and that when one person decides to do something, their actions can have a great and positive effect. Thank you, Tanna!

I’m going to go to Surf 24 this year. Truth be told, I’d jump out of an airplane before I’d jump into the water but I will catch some waves – with my camera.


1 Comment »

  1. WOW! Not only is Tanna talented and beautiful, but she can surf too? Tanna’s philanthropic efforts are supporting some worthy causes.

    When I lived at the southern beaches in Delaware, I used to lead kayak tours of the Inland Bays estuary. These bays connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the ever-shifting Indian River Inlet. Throughout the bays, nesting platforms had been built for the migrating ospreys. It was sad to see that these birds had interwoven every nest with plastic bags from local stores.

    Carry on, Tanna. We need more environmental activists like you!

    Comment by Bren Greene — April 5, 2011 @ 2:24 pm |Reply

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