NorCal Edition | august 29, 2009 


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Ah, the end of August and September is a happening time for us locals -- beside Outerlands,  Burning Man, and Coastal Clean Up Day, it's that time of year to gear up and shop all the big Labor Day sales, from all your local surf shops and the massive O'Neill Parking Lot Sale Sept 4-7 -- they claim it's their biggest one ever, by the way -- to sales at REI and Santa Cruz's Patagonia Outlet.  O'Neill's pre-sale event happens this weekend, Aug 29-30, too.


In this email:

o Online surf sales from Etnies, Simple Shoes, Becker Surf, Girls4Surf (plus a Dara Torres book giveaway)

o Women & Aerials SF's Shea Hodges

o The Garbage Patch: Surfers & Project Kaisei

o Film Reviews: We've launched Surf Flix section with Max Tom...


In our Swell Events calendar + Surf Contest list below, don't miss out on upcoming events like:

o MSA's Celebrity Expression Session with members of The Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction...

o Mollusk's Surf Film Night (tonight!) & their Art Opening for Todd St. John

o Pacifica contests:  NSSA Groms (tomorrow 8/30)+ Log Shop's Summer Blowout

o Hotline's Surf Swap Meet


o And more...

Our next newsletter publishes around Sept 10 and will feature our Test Drive on the Soma Air Bag, the inflatable board bag.


- Monica & the Zuna Surf crew


A smattering of local snippets, bargains & tips...Got a sale, product or news to announce?  Email it over!

Women & Aerials:  Shea Hodges

Shea Hodges, the Aqua Surf Shop team rider and occasional part-time San Franciscan rips it up Oceanside & Cardiff with some aerials in this month's edition of JettyGirl.  Catch her moves on video here (while donning a Hotline wetsuit -- a new sponsor?) caught by Chris Grant, before she went back to her main home, Hawaii.


See more photos of Shea on Aqua's website here.  Shea occasionally dabbles in WQS contests and currently does work for the Keep-A-Breast foundation.



Girls4Sport SALE & "Ordinary Heroes" Contest

Kim Ruby & crew at the Santa Cruz's Girls4Sport performance apparel company is debuting its "Ordinary Heroes" campaign.  Simply you nominate someone who has inspired you, and get a 35% off coupon for Girls4Sport gear.  Grand prize winners will receive a $100 gift certificate and an autographed copy of Olympian Dara Torres' latest book.  See details here.


BONUS: score 25% off all gear purchases-- boardshorts, skirts, lycra halter tops and more -- on their website! Use coupon code "HERO-09" for purchases through Aug 31.

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Simple Shoes is having a massive online shoe clearance for *men, women, and kids.* Kids shoes are marked down to  $4.90 and up; Adult shoes start at $7.90 and upGet free shipping at Simple Shoes on all orders for a limited time! No code necessary.  


Simple's sister shoe brands are also having huge clearances:


o Tsubo Summer Clearance Event. Save 50 to 80% off of select styles.


o The Teva Summer Clearance Event - Save 50% to 85% off of selected styles for a limited time only!



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Many of us have heard about the Pacific Ocean’s Garbage Patch, or Plastic Vortex, the immense area of floating plastic garbage that stretches for hundreds of square miles northwest of Hawaii.  Discovered about ten years ago, scientists had very little data about this remote ocean area, until now.  Enter Project Kaisei -- whose co-founders include San Francisco surfer/activist and former Surfer Magazine editor, George Orbelian.  The non-profit Kaisei teamed up with USCD’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography and recently sent two ships in August to study the Patch, with the goal of helping find solutions to deal with marine debris and to better understand plastic's toxicity impact on ocean life -- plankton, the food chain, fish, sea birds, whales and more.

After 22 days of intensive research, testing and collection in the Patch, one of the ships, the SV Kaisei, is on its way back to San Francisco with plastics samples, from ultra-fine to very large. According to Kaisei's Ryan Yerkey, of particular concern was a collection of sea jellies that were ingesting confetti-sized particles of plastic in a pail of seawater literally bubbling with activity.   Upon the ship's return, the materials collected will undergo extensive lab testing and analysis, and whose results will provide Project Kaisei with some answers to the debris' impact as well as new directions to detoxify and recycle these materials into diesel fuel.


On August 31, the SV Kaisei will pass under the Golden Gate Bridge around 11:30am PST.   Stay tuned for the September 1 press event presenting their initial findings.  We wanted to put the word out that Project Kaisei is already planning next year's mission and needs your support.  They welcome donations, which will be used for raising awareness and bringing solutions to the issues of marine debris.  For more info and to track Kaisei’s progress, visit

We're debuting our new "Surf Flix" section with some recent reviews by our new film editor, Max Tom, who incidentally won one of our recent film ticket giveaways...Stay tuned for more surf film news.

Dear & Yonder

Max's Rating: (3.5 out of 5 stars)

It was great to see that Dear and Yonder's outdoor SF screening was very well attended at the Potrero Skate Park -- perhaps 300-400 people.  The park was filled and lined on the hill...

What's enjoyable about this film is its good surf footage showcasing a wide range of female surf and watersports experience.  Shortboard rippers Coco Ho & her contemporaries showcase the latest maneuvers in women’s surfing.  Longboarder Kassia Meador and friends demonstrate you don’t have to ride a shortboard to surf, as they noseride logs and fishes in Mexico. There's cool footage of the voyage of Liz Clark on her boat as she sails solo around the world and skateboarding girls show off skate tricks on land.  But the coolest maneuver has to go to San Francisco’s own bodysurfer, Judith Sheridan.  To see her mix it up in the lineup at Mavericks sans board is shocking.  Included in the groovy soundtrack is Feist, among others, making this film a refreshing divergence from other offerings in the surf genre. 

Trailer | Catch it next:  Sept 19th in Oceanside |  DVD not available yet

Life As A Movie

Max's Rating: (4.0 out of 5 stars)

Excellent film. Top notch surfers, snowboarders and skaters mixing it up provides a fresh approach to surf movies.  See Tony Hawk surf indoor Japan wave pool.  Jack Johnson shreds.  Snowboard wipeouts always entertain. There's plenty of Indo tube time.  Also, the camera work is excellent, with crisp and clear images with good water footage.  Yadin Nichol scores insane tube, the ride of the movie.  This film is definitely worth a viewing...and worth a purchase especially if they add good extras on the DVD and include an action-only version.

Trailer | Where to Buy ($14.99)

Drive-Thru Australia 2

Max's Rating: (3.5 out of 5 stars)

It was a fun outdoor screening night behind Aqua Surf Shop.  Turnout was about 80 folks...

The appeal of Drive Thru is not to see the best surfers on the best waves, but to see the best surfers on their worst days.  The Drive Thru series is the reality show sitcom of the surfing world.  Witness top notch professional surfers hung-over, sleep-deprived, groggy, and grouchy, stuffed into two RVs for 2 weeks.  Amidst the wild adventures and misadventures, they still rip into sloppy, choppy, junky waves -- in other words, the kind of waves you and I surf everyday.   Even veteran professional surfers of 22 years put their wetsuits on backwards sometimes, and I mean all the way up to the neck.  All in all, they're still living the dream.  This film makes you want to jam into an RV with Occy and Donovan and go anywhere.

Trailer | Where to Buy ($27.95)

TK8 - Last Ride

Max's Rating: (3.0 out of 5 stars)

Josh Pomer's last film is pure Californian surf porn.  See your favorite California surfers rip in wetsuits, booties and cold water.  Featured waves include Rincon, Sandspit and the Lane.  Most of the footage is shot from land with a stationary video camera. If you liked TK7, you’ll like TK8. 

As for the TK8 The Tom Curren Experience -- a modern day silent surf movie with live groovy music provided by Tom Curren -- that garners a 4-star rating.   Tom played guitar, jammed and sang accompanied by bongo drums and tambourine to score the movie at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco.  The promised rock band was M.I.A., though.  Surf schwag giveaways and board raffle are always good fun.

 Trailer | DVD not available yet

Zuna Surf Flix editor Max Tom:

Max Tom is an SF Bay area resident, surf film fanatic and shortboarder who has logged hundreds and hundreds of hours viewing surf movies. 

His favorites include Quiksilver's Young Guns series and surf documentaries like Bustin' Down the Door (available in DVD  and as video-on-demand for $3.99).

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 A U G U S T  2 0 0 9
aug 28-30  fri-sun Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival san francisco

when: all day & night August 28-30 
where: San Francisco's Golden Gate Park & off-site venues

The Outside Lands Festival 2009 performances from Pearl Jam, Incubus, Silversun Pickups, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Calexico, Tenacious D and more.  Don't miss out on the "Winehaven" tent where you can sample wines from 25 local wineries....and the tent, "A Taste of the Bay Area" showcasing local cuisine from area restaurants, from Hog Island Oysters to Burgermeister. Also, Outside Lands ‘Night shows take over 4 SF music venues  - Mezzanine, The Independent, Rickshaw Stop and Poleng Lounge-- to keep the music going well past midnight. Check here for available tickets.


Outside Lands Music Festival: August 28-30
Stop by the Save The Waves booth, 12-9pm at Outside Lands' Eco Lands area at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park all three days.  Learn more about their environmental programs!


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movie night  
aug 29 - Sat Mollusk Film Screening:  "Forgotten Island of Santosha" san francisco

when: 8pm, Sat August 29
Mollusk Surf Shop,  4500 Irving St at 46th Ave,  SAN FRANCISCO
more: event flyer

Mollusk's Surf Movie Night features the 1974surf classic, "Forgotten Island of Santosha," (1 hr 24 ins) a surfing adventure film by Larry Yates.  This surfing documentary has qualities reminiscent of a home chronicles Yates and Rick Ely's travels through the South Seas in pursuit of waves.  $4 Donation for "The Pizza Place" pizza & beer. Bring your own popcorn & seating! View the film trailer.


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beach cleanup
aug 30 sun Save the Waves & Surfrider SF Beach Cleanup with Outside Lands | San Francisco  

when: Sun Aug 30 10am-12pm
where: Ocean Beach  - Stairway 17 San Francisco | map
contact: Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.
more: Surfrider SF | Beach Cleanups

Join SF Surfrider, Save the Waves and Outside Lands Music Festival promoters Another Planet for two special beach cleanups.  Meet us along the Great Highway between Fulton and Lincoln in San Francisco in front of the Beach Chalet.  All supplies will be provided. Come help us make Ocean Beach cleaner and greener!  More info here on the cleanups.


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 S E P T E M B E R   2 0 0 9

surf swap meet    
sept 5 - sat SANTA CRUZ SURF SWAP MEET at Hotline | Santa Cruz

sat sept 5, 8:30am - 12 noon
Hotline Wetsuits Showroom Parking Lot + 719 Swift St at Ingalls
831-425-5924 |


Hotline's Santa Cruz Surf Swap Meet takes place on the 1ST Saturday of every month, at the same place and same time. Buy, Sell, Trade! SURFING, KITEBOARDING, KAYAKING, SUP, WAKEBOARD, PADDLEBOARDS & MORE.  Shop for deals and to bring your unwanted boards, wetsuits (no matter the brand), and all other water gear.  Free admission & no charge for sellers.  Next  swap is Saturday, October 3rd.


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beach cleanup    
sept 6 - sun Surfrider SF Beach Cleanup   |  San Francisco  
when: Sunday, Sept 6, 10am-12pm
where: Ocean Beach  - Santiago St, San Francisco | map
contact: Beach Clean-up Coordinator, Barbara Lau via our contact form.
more: Surfrider SF | Beach Cleanups

Join us for our regular beach clean-up...It's every 2 weeks at 10am on Sundays. We provide all of the necessary cleanup supplies at our cleanups -- just show up!  Be sure to check our events calendar prior to arriving to ensure there are no last-minute changes. Rain cancels any planned cleanups.


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sept 6 - sun The Sunday Streets San Francisco |  Ocean Beach



when: 10am-2pm, sunday, Sept 6
where: Great Highway along Ocean Beach, San Francisco
more: Free!  | event page & map

Bike, walk, and play next to the ocean on Labor Day weekend!  Celebrate the outdoors and the Great Highway's neighborhoods.  Mayor Newsom closes down the Great Highway Route, connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach, so you can enjoy live music and activities like *free*bike & roller skate rentals, lessons and maintenance; outdoor yoga, dance & fitness classes; games, food & booths; arts and activities for the kids; beach activities and more.  Volunteer for next event...and Donate to help make Sunday Streets possible.


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chapter mtg
sept 8 - tues Surfrider SC Chapter Meeting |  Santa Cruz
when: Tuesday, sept 8, 7:00 pm
where: Simpkins Swim Center Community Room, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
contact: 831-476-7667 Surfrider
more: Surfrider SC

Chapter meeting TBD.


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surf fitness camp    
sept 18-20 | Fri-Sun SURF STRONGER FITNESS & PERFORMANCE CAMP  |  Santa Barbara

when: Fri-Sunday, Sept 18-20
where: Santa Barbara

Round up your friends and head to the Surf Stronger Fitness and Performance Camp, September 18-20 in Santa Barbara. Surf Stronger founders, Scott Adams and Todd Walsh have put together a unique surf fitness, performance, and wellness weekend. You will train with the Surf Stronger crew with daily workouts, yoga, Stand Up Paddling, TRX training, and more. The weekend also includes surf sessions and expert coaching from professional surfer and Surf Stronger team member, Holly Beck.  Learn more or reserve your spot here


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art opening    
Sep 19 - Sat Mollusk Art Opening:  "Todd St. John: Section"  | San Francisco
when: 7pm-9pm, Sept 19
Mollusk Surf Shop,  4500 Irving St at 46th Ave,  SAN FRANCISCO
more: artist website

Mollusk invites you to the opening of their next art show in their gallery: Todd St. John: Section, from 7-9pm. "Section" is comprised of works on paper and sculpture that Todd St. John has been developing over the past 7 years. The Mollusk show pushes further some of St. John's experiments with parallel representations of two and three-dimensional space, and the stark use of cropping, both photographic and mechanical.  Raised in Oahu and now living in NYC, St. John is an artist, animator, and designer who has done work for MTV and the NY Times, and whose apparel label "Green Lady" was described as "to the designer T-shirt world what RunDMC is to hip-hop".  View bio here.


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surfrider cleanup    
sept 19  - sat

SURFRIDER San Mateo & California Coastal CleanUp Day  |  Half Moon Bay

when: 9am - 12pm, Sept 19
where: Francis State Beach, Half Moon Bay (map)
contact: Surfrider San Mateo | CA Coastal Commission: (800) COAST-4U

Join Surfrider SMC and partake in the 25th Annual California Coastal Cleanup DayCoastal Cleanup Day is the highlight of the California Coastal Commission's year 'round Adopt-A-Beach program and takes place every year on the third Saturday of September.  70,000 participants got involved last year, so do your part this year!

When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes one of the largest volunteer events of the year.   CCCD is also the kick-off event for Coastweeks—three weeks of coastal and water-related events for the whole family all over the California coast, from snorkeling with the sharks in San Diego to Alcatraz swims and other events in Bolinas, etc.


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surfrider cleanup    
sept 19  - sat SURFRIDER Santa Cruz + California Coastal CleanUp Day  |  Santa Cruz

when: 9am-12pm sat, sept 19
where: Moran Lake County Beach Santa Cruz, CA
contact: 831-476-7667 Surfrider
more: Surfrider SC | Register for cleanup here

Join Surfrider Santa Cruz's event for their Coastal Cleanup celebration at Moran Lake and take part in the huge


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surfrider cleanup  
sept 19  - sat SURFRIDER SF + California Coastal CleanUp Day  |  San Francisco

when: 9am-12pm sat, sept 19
where: Ocean Beach  - TBD | map
more: Surfrider SF | Beach Cleanups

More details TBD.  Check SF Surfrider's events calendar for updates.


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book release  
sept 24 - thurs AUTHOR AMY WAESCHLE and Chasing Waves  |  Capitola

Thurs, Sept 24 | 7:30pm-9pm
Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Ave.  CAPITOLA
price: Free

Capitola Book Cafe's next surf book event features Chasing Waves: A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering....With a fresh voice and surf-saturated daydreams, author Amy Waeschle hunts waves in the remote corners of the world, from Morocco to Fiji to Canada, where she finds unique and fascinating cultures that change her views and foster her belief that surfing is more a state of mind than a sport. Her interrelated stories follow her evolution from nervous newbie to skilled surfer along with tales of wanderlust and vagabonding. Waeschle is a Seattle area freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Surf Life for Women and Patagonia magazine. Sales of Chasing Waves benefit the Surfrider Foundation.



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surf contest calendar     contest photo

Below is a list of upcoming contests in Northern & Central California, along with other select areas.  Plan your surf sessions & travel accordingly.   For contest submissions, email details to "events {at}"


August 30


NSSA Northwest Conference  -  Linda Mar - Pacifica, CA

The Northwest conference open for groms in NorCal kicks off for AA & A divisions. | Event Info



Sept 12-13

Malibu Surf Classic First Point, Malibu's Surfrider Beach

Hosted by the Malibu Boardriders Club, this premier event in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs annual series is an invitational longboard event that draws 300+ top new & school competitors and legends from the East & West Coast, Hawaii, Japan and Australia. Members from Santa Cruz Longboard Union, BigStick Surf Association and Pedro Point Surf Surf Club also make the trek.  Funds benefit Keep-A-Breast Foundation.  More Info.

Two other special events to check out include:
Jim Beam Surftag exhibition - unique, team-based shortboard contest

o Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Expression Session - Sat 11am -12pm
celebrity surfers from the music, film & tv worlds in the waves free surf and help raise funds for Surfrider, including FLEA (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), musician JASON MRAZ, E! tv host SAL MASEKELA, actor ERIC BALFOUR, DAVID CHOKACHI (Baywatch), Jane's Addiction's ERIC AVERY, PETER DISTEFANO (Porno For Pyros), BRANDON CRUZ, and ERIK SANDIN.



Sept 13



Pedro Point Intraclub Surf Contest - Linda Mar - Pacifica, CA

Sharpen your contest skills and judging at PPSC's intraclub practice contest heats. For details to join PPSC members, contact Greg Cochan and other club officers  through their website.


Sept 19-20


WSA/Gatorade Championship Series Event #22 - Surfers Point, Ventura

The 2009-2010 season for the WSA -- the oldest amateur series in the U.S. -- kicks off in August. Divisions for men, women & kids in shortboard, longboard & bodyboard divisions.  There's also a newly added 10 & under boys division, too. |  Entries & Info |  Next 2 events include:

  • October 24 & 25, 2009, Ponto, South Carlsbad

  • November 14 & 15, 2009, Pismo Beach Pier

Sept 19

Jim Beam Surftag U.S. Series (#1)- Manhattan Beach, CA

The Jim Beam Surftag's first contest is at Manhattan Beach on Sept 19, followed by dates at Ventura on Sept 26. Oceanside on October 11 and  finals taking place November 13-14 in Huntington Beach, CA.

Extremely popular in Australia, Jim Beam Surftag features surf clubs and teams representing specific breaks competing in a unique tag team format. Each team is represented by five contestants. In relay style each surfer catches three waves and then returns to the beach to tag their team’s next participant.

A $5,000 prize purse will be offered at each of the first three events and $10,000 will be offered for the final contest. Up to 16 teams will participate in each event and registration opens later this summer.  | More info

Sept 26


LogShop Summer Blowout-  Linda Mar - Pacifica, CA

The annual longboard and retro-70s single-fin board contest for men, women & kids.  Entries available at the Log Shop, 640 Crespi Drive. 650-738-5664.  Photo of Leo Goldman by Jim Crotty.


Oct 3-4

Women on Waves Surf Festival - Capitola Jetty, Capitola, CA

The 12th annual Women on Waves Longboard Surf Festival and benefit in Capitola has announced it has started accepting entries for its October surf contest.  Competitors can register online here

They are also seeking bands & DJs to fill up slots on the Main Stage from 11am till evening on both days.


Oct 3-4


PLA Huntington Beach Pro Classic - Huntington Beach Pier, HB

This Professional Longboard Association's San Diego contest is both an amateur & pro contest. No PLA membership required to compete!  


In general, All PLA events are ASP sanctioned events. Surfers wishing to compete in the pro division and qualify for the WLT must register on the ASP North America website.  If you wish to compete in the PLA pro division and not become a member of the ASP, nor qualify for the WLT, please contact the PLA before the event date. |  Entries & Info




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