Surfrider Takes Off: The Visionary Surfers of 1984: AV Presentation by founder Glenn Hening
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 July, 2009 : - - The Surfrider Foundations official website gives credit for creating the organization to a 'handful of visionary surfers.' Now, as Surfrider celebrates its 25th anniversary, its 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 todays 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, Surfriders 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 surfings 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 surfings 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, surfings first career environmentalist
- The take no prisoners attitude behind Surfriders 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 its quite a tale - because its a classic surf story!
Premiere Showing July 22 at 7 pm California Surf Museum
312 Pier View Way Oceanside 760-721-6877
A benefit for the Museums 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!
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 surfs good near his home at Oxnard Shores, chances are hes in the water.
To book a show for your surf club, Surfrider chapter, or community groups. Contact: email@example.com / 805-382-0657. *In affiliation with MainStreetMedia Inc., Santa Monica. No official connection to, nor implied affiliation with, the Surfrider Foundations Global HQ.
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