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Spread Ocean Aloha

Surfrider promotes awareness.

June 17, 2010
Trisha Smith

The grassroots nonprofit Surfrider Foundation continually puts together events dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches through C.A.R.E. (conservation, activism, research and education).

After you hit the early morning waves, join the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter on Sunday, June 20, at Ho‘aloha Park at Kahului Harbor to celebrate International Surfing Day (visit Grab your dad and the rest of your crew on Father’s Day and clean up the beach from 9 a.m. to noon, then enjoy a barbecue and live music from reggae band One Inity and Barefoot Minded’s into the late afternoon.

Check out Surfrider’s booths, which include information on the “cause campaign,” Rise Above Plastics. (Visit

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Not the answer. “The image is powerful, the message is simple,” said Hands Across the Sands Founder Dave Rauschkolb. “No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy.” Visit and mark Saturday, June 26, at noon on your calendar and take part in this significant world movement.

Last year, when David Rauschkolb of Seaside, Fla., opposed House Bill (HB) 1219, which would approve oil drilling off Florida’s coast, he decided to do more than write his legislator.

In October, Rauschkolb created “Hands Across the Sand,” a movement committed to protecting coast economies, oceans, marine wildlife, fishing industry and coastal military missions. Participants stood hand-in-hand, forming an unbroken chain on Florida’s beaches, to symbolize a solid wall of opposition to offshore drilling. In three months, Rauschkolb created an event that involved over 80 beaches and over 10,000 people on Feb. 13.

“We’re drawing a line in the sand and saying no to offshore oil drilling, and yes to clean energy,” he said. “Enough is enough.”

Shortly after this effort, the Florida Legislature tabled HB 1219.

Not only has Rauschkolb been surfing for 33 years, but he also runs three restaurants right along the northern Gulf Coast. He feared the multi-faceted, detrimental effects of drilling.

On April 20, the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion delivered a “crude awakening.”

“My wife will tell you—I love to be right,” he said. “But this is not something I wanted to right about. It makes me sick.

 “No one industry should be able to place entire coastal economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty mistakes,” he said.

Rauschkolb feels it’s important to hold another Hands Across the Sand, but this time, across the nation. The movement has actually gone global, with events organized in the United Kingdom, Norway and elsewhere.

On Saturday, June 26, unite hands with our brothers and sisters across the world for Hands Across the Sand. Surfrider and others have organized two events: Big Beach in South Maui and Baldwin Beach on the North Shore. Participants should arrive around 11 a.m. At noon, join hands for 15 minutes and unify against the dangers of offshore drilling.

“I’m so proud to see surfers taking the lead in awareness,” Rauschkolb said. “We’re ocean stewards—it’s our playground and we got to take care of it.”

Surfrider Foundation’s Hawai‘i Chapters and Kona Brewing Company present a concert tour across the isles with Maui’s dynamic outfit The Throwdowns in an effort to “feed the arts and clean the waters.” Make it a full-fledged awareness day and check out the tour on Saturday night, June 26, at Mulligan’s On the Blue. Don’t miss the fresh opening acts—and top dogs of May’s Battle of the Bands—the delightful metal madness of Moth and the cool, roots rock of Sounds of Addiction.



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