Remote. Cold. Russian. But there’s no one out! Chris Burkard, Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, Trevor Gordon, and Dane Gudauskas prepare to surf in Kamchatka. Keep track of their travels on Instagram with the hashtag #kamshaka. Good luck gentlemen! I’ll stop complaining about the 68° water here in Southern California, at least until you return.
Surf Credits is a groundbreaking partnership between 3 non-profits, the San Diego State University Center for Surf Research, the Surf Resource Network, and iJourneyGreen. Here’s how it works. You go to the Surf Credits website, select a destination you want to support, then select a non-profit organization working that destination you want to support. Go to the check out and buy one or more $25 tax deductible surf credits. 83% goes to the non-profits in destinations and related research. In return for the Surf Credit you get discount coupons.
“There is nothing else out there like this that makes it easy for us as surfers to give back to the communities and environments in the surf destinations we love.”
“We think this is a pretty innovate program” said Dr Jess Ponting, Director of the San Diego State University Center for Surf Research. “There is nothing else out there like this that makes it easy for us as surfers to give back to the communities and environments in the surf destinations we love. There is definitely nothing else out there that rewards you for giving back through discounts with our corporate partners and high value giveaway draw prizes like a free stay at Tavarua” said Ponting. “We’re completely stoked with the reception and support we’ve had to this idea from the surf industry and from the surfing public. This is a program where everyone wins”.
The program debuted this month at the 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro, with benefits going towards two local non-profits: Loloma Foundation (medical aid org in Fiji) and Give Clean Water (water filters to villages, very important after recent record flooding in Fiji). Additional destinations currently supported by Surf Credits include Bali, the Mentawai Islands, Costa Rica and Peru. For a full list of destinations, and more information about the Surf Credits program, check out their site surfcredits.org.
Generally shadowed from Northwest swells by the coastal geography, Shitpipe is one of a handful of LA County spots that manages to squeak out some surf if the size and angle are right. From the chatter in the lineup yesterday, Monday was about twice as big, but the early conditions provided light winds, a rising tide, and waves about 1-3 feet Hawaiian.
Ended up wearing a 4/3 because I’m a cold water pussy and I figured it was way better than shivering throughout the session, despite record level air temps. Big mahalo to Chris for hooking me up with a ride, a suit, a board, and a few tidbits of local knowledge.
Looking at the Harvest buoy model (@buoy46218), the current WNW swell declines through Friday, however another Northwest (306°) swell arrives over the weekend, in addition to some smaller, long-period South energy. A few more NW swells arrive early next week, with shorter periods ranging from 12-13 seconds.