As a followup to my blog post of earlier this month on the first, formative meeting of our Minnesota chapter of the Surfrider Foundaton, I wanted to post again about our second meeting, which was held August 26th and drew more than twice as many people! Big thanks to Stefan Rochetti, who again hosted the meeting, and everyone who came out, all pictured below. (Since I drove my woodie, we got that into the pic, too!) We had a great variety of people, some who came directly from work or school, and several other Lake Superior surfers were able to make it this time, too. Thanks also to everyone who brought the grub and the beer!
We discussed topics ranging from what to call the chapter (Minnesota-Superior or Minnesota Headwaters were two great ideas), to one or more issues we will focus on as we build the chapter, such as beach and shoreline clean-ups and doing something about plastics polluting our waters, to education programs, to doing cooperative activities with other local clean-water environmental organizations. We talked again about how many of the group met each other at the Jack Johnson concert earlier this summer, where Surfrider Foundation had a presence. [Elizabeth Willes of the San Diego Chapter manned that booth and was the spark plug for us to form our chapter here! She was touring with Jack Johnson to raise awareness about the Rise Above Plastics campaign, which is a major new initiative of the Surfrider Foundation -- one we discussed in our meeting as something we really want to support here in Minnesota. Here's a cool post about that, on the Save Trestles blog. That's another initiative all us California beach lovers support, too, and I'll have to wear my Save Trestles t-shirt to the next meeting... :-) Elizabeth is featured as well in this Sept 1 post on the Surfrider on Tour blog. ]
Here's another photo I shot the evening of August 26th, showing Stefan Ronchetti (left), chairman-elect of our chapter, explaining what's going on in his "shaping room" (aka his roommate's garage), where the two of them are getting ready to start glassing several boards.
I also want to give a shout-out to Ben Moren, who made the cover of our local Eden Prairie magazine's August issue. Ben (pictured at far right of front row in group photo above) surfs Lake Superior and is a student at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He's agreed to serve our new chapter as webmaster of our soon-to-be-launched chapter web site. How did the magazine cover come about? Ben says it all started with this video he shot during the winter: Ice Cube Surfers. Check it out. Hey, what some people will do for the love of surfing... :-)
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UPDATE (9/2/08): Just caught a great blog post by my friend Jim Moriatry, executive director of the Surfrider Foundation, dated Sept 1, called Jack and Surfrider.