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25 years later Surfrider reflects on surfers who started it


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Glen Hening and company got the ball rolling

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2009 : - - The Surfrider Foundation’s official website gives credit for creating the organization to a 'handful of visionary surfers. Now, as Surfrider celebrates its 25th anniversary, it’s 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 today’s 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, Surfrider’s 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 Takes Off: The Visionary Surfers of 1984
AV Presentation by founder Glenn Hening
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Surfrider Foundation
Presented by the WLA/Malibu Chapter
August 25 at 7 pm – Dukes Malibu
PCH at Las Flores – 310-317-0777

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 surfing’s 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 surfing’s 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, surfing’s first career environmentalist
             - The “take no prisoners” attitude behind Surfrider’s 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 it’s quite a tale - because it’s a classic surf story!

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