Taking stand in the Gulf

Project Save Our Surf and the Eco-Warrior Project are joining forces to launch "Gulf Alert 2010." The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of ways the surfing public can help shift the direction from pollution toward renewal. Gulf Alert 2010 will accomplish these goals with direct action on the ground, in the water and over the skies of the Gulf area.

On Saturday, we – professional surfer and model Mary Osborne, champion stand-up paddler Chuck Patterson, actor Richard Burgi and I – will leave for Gulfport, Miss. We will stand-up paddle through areas of the spill in protest of the devastation that is plaguing that region of coastline as well as document a fly-over and participate in local wildlife rescue efforts.

Details of the paddle mission will be made public afterward due to conflicts among local agencies and restricted areas of coastline.

Project Save Our Surf was founded in 2008 by actress and surfer Tanna Frederick to raise funds, awareness and hope around clean ocean issues. For more information, check out http://www.projectsaveoursurf.org.

The Eco-Warrior project shows how people can contribute to environmental issues such as improving water quality, protecting endangered reefs and wildlife while enhancing life on earth for everyone.

For more information, go to http://www.ecowarriorsurf.com, and you can also find my up-to-the-minute field reports on my Facebook page.

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In local surfing news, the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. will inaugurate the Mayor's Cup, starting a new tradition in Surf City, where the group began.

The perpetual trophy with be housed in the Huntington Beach City Council Chambers. Mayor Cathy Green will present it at 4 p.m. Saturday at the event site on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

An exciting field of scholastically eligible surfers from around the nation are competing. The Mayor's Cup will be presented to the men's and women's champions of the 2010 NSSA National Championships presented by Nike 6.0.

If you can't catch all the action in Huntington Beach, check it out on the live webcast at http://www.nssalive.com. For more information about the event, visit http://www.nssa.org.

Until next week, stay healthy and keep surfing.

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