July 19, 2014 – As part of the ongoing commitment to coastal stewardship in the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve, Save The Waves Coalition partnered with the local Surfrider Santa Cruz Chapter and Bureo Skateboards on the second quarterly beach clean-up of 2014. With over 50 community volunteers participating, Seabright State Beach received some much needed attention.
“Seabright beach has been identified as a marine debris ‘hot spot’ in our Santa Cruz WSR conservation plan”, Said Environmental and Programs Director, Nick Mucha, “ It was great to have so many folks out to help keep it clean”.
The clean up successfully removed 1,226 cigarette butts, 37 lbs of recycling, and 79.2 lbs of trash, keeping 116.2 lbs of material from entering the water and out of the surf.
Save The Waves was also excited to highlight the work of our Chile based partners, Bureo Skateboards. Bureo Skateboards has designed and manufactured the world’s first recycled skateboard made from marine debris (used fishing nets) that successfully prevents more than thirty square feet of harmful plastic fishnet from entering the ocean with each board while supporting artisinal Chilean fishing communities. Save The Waves’ and Bureo Skateboards have been working together to prevent harmful fishnets and other plastic from entering the ocean in Chile and now Santa Cruz. Learn more about Bureo Skateboards here. Check out photos of the cleanup from Santa Cruz Waves’ Jake Thomas here.