Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Summit checks in
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2014 - Held on April 25th, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, the first Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Summit made significant headway. Save The Waves Coalition and the Local Stewardship Council of the World Surfing Reserve teamed up on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the dedication of Santa Cruz as a World Surfing Reserve to convene over 50 key community stakeholders in an action-oriented conference to address environmental challenges to Santa Cruz’s surf resources. Focus groups concentrated on addressing challenges from water quality to trash issue and sea level rise.
California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird, delivered a moving keynote. Laird said, "The fact that this many people are willing to honor our local culture and honor the environment, and have those higher goals and be committed to practical action, is a wonderful thing."
Tyler Fox, Big Wave Surfer, and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, ocean advocacy scientist and author of the forthcoming Blue Mind, noted the importance of surfing to local businesses and surfing’s effects on the human brain.
“Surfing is really at the heart of the community, and we need to start to think how our coast is changing. We were thrilled to have some of Santa Cruz’s best and brightest in the room to think about how we protect our surf spots from some very real threats”, said Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director, Save The Waves Coalition, “What we achieved today were some very real strides toward improving water quality conditions, trash, and how we approach sea-level rise.”
The Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Local Stewardship Council is made up of the following individuals: Hilary Bryant, City of Santa Cruz Councilmember, Mark Stone, California Assemblymember, Brian Kilpatrick, O’Neill Wetsuits, John Leopold, County of Santa Cruz Supervisor, Jim Littlefield, Surfers Environmental Alliance and Surfrider Foundation, Jane Mackenzie, Protected Investors, Nick Mucha, Environmental and Programs Director, Save The Waves Coalition, Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director, Save The Waves Coalition, and Dan Young, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.
The World Surfing Reserve Summit was sponsored by Save The Waves Coalition, Santa Cruz Waves, Nombat Branding, Sereno Group, Patagonia Outlet Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Conscious Creations Catering, Three Americas Coffee, and Cafe Ivete.