Black Tie & Baggies Gala 2013

Get out your snazziest formal wear and give it some surfing style! Black Tie and Baggies is finally here! It’s First Coast Surfrider’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Please join us to support your oceans, beaches, and waves for what promises to be a great night!

$10 at the door. Ages 18+
$2 drinks (cash bar)

 

 

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February Chapter Meeting

What: Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 7pm

Where: The Fish Company

725-12 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, FL

 

Its our first meeting of the year in Jacksonville and its at a great new venue! Please join us at The Fish Company in Atlantic Beach. Our guest speaker will be Brian Weissmann, owner of Trident Surf in Ponte Vedra. He will be talking about the new shop as well as his surfing roots growing up in California

Agenda:
Update on Black Tie and Baggies gala
More on Ten Year Anniversary goings on
Update on Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign
Upcoming events
Update on our web-site improvements and content
Talk from Brian Weissmann
Q&A with Brian
Open forum

 

We hope to see you there!

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

10th Anniversary and Member Appreciation Party

We are having a Party to celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a chapter and YOU! We’re proud of the involvement of our members last year, and want to reward you for it. There will be beer and wine specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Come on over and hang out with us for a while.

The Party is free for members (or those who sign-up at the door) and $5 for non-members. We’ll have an up-to-date list of members at the door (or you can bring your membership card, if you know where it is). So if your membership has lapsed, now would be a great time to renew.

 

Short Version

What: 10th Anniversary/Member Appreciation Party

Where: The Wine Bar

320 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL

When: Saturday, February 18 @ 7-10pm

Free for members, $5 for non-Members.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook Event.

Also, we’ll be selling these awesome new 10th Anniverary shirts at the party and throughout the year for $20. Let us know if you’d like to reserve one (in the Comments section below, at firstcoast@surfrider.org, or on our Facebook Page). Click to see details:

Thanks to Andrew Foster for t-shirt and poster design, Damon Williams for artwork, and Trident Surf for graciously sponsoring this sweet tee.

January Update from the Chapter Chair

It’s hard for me to believe but this year marks the fourty-seventh year that I have been surfing. If someone had suggested at the time I started that I would still be surfing at this point I would have laughed at them. I feel extremely blessed to still be doing so as this sport has given me so much to be thankful for. Obviously I have seen a great deal of changes in the sport and the environment since I started out. Some of those changes have been good and some bad. Relative to the environmental side, while I have seen some marked improvements in some areas it does appear that the challenges faced by our oceans and sea creatures are great. Be it from overuse of chemicals and associated run off, oil disasters, overfishing, global warming and associated sea rise, discharges from industry and the relaxation of some environmental standards, our way of life as surfers, fisherman and beachgoers is threatened.

 

It is for all of the above reasons why I joined Surfrider around the time it came into existence and why I am active today. I feel very grateful that I am able to serve the First Coast Chapter and it’s members as it’s chairman and to help make a positive impact on our beaches and oceans. Each of us joined the organization for varying reasone and come into the membership with differing talents, experiences and capabilities. Together, if we bring all those things into play, we can make a huge positive impact on our environment. And it doesn’t matter if you are a grom or an old crusty veteran of the sport like me.
Thanks again for your support of the chapter and please feel free to contact any of our Executive Committe members with any questions, comments or suggestions you may have. I will look forward to seeing you at our Member appreciation party on February 18th at the Wine Bar in Jax Beach or at a future meeting or event.

 

Mahalo,
Paul Hayden


August Update from the Chapter Chair, Paul Hayden

I am often asked why we spend so much of our time on beach clean-ups and not enough time on other issues. The question is a fair one but to me the answer is an easy one. First of all as stewards of our coasts there is not a faster or easier way to make a positive impact on our beaches and oceans. During an average beach clean-up we pick up over fifty pounds of trash off of the beach, dunes and walkways that would otherwise end up in the ocean. Once there it can adversely impact marine species and the ocean’s eco-system. Bringing out our children helps teach them to respect their beach and for beach goers who see them and us cleaning the beaches makes them less likely to leave trash on the beach.
Each month we conduct clean-up’s in either St Augustine and/or Jacksonville Beach so please check our calendar of events and join us in our efforts.
And with regards to other issues we always have ongoing issues and campaigns that we are involved with. Whether it be paricipating in outreach programs, volunteering at other events or tackling major issues, we do all we can with the resources we have.
Next month we will be kicking off our Ocean Friendly Garden Campaign at our September 20th meeting to be held at Chicago Pizza. The meeting will be a very informative one and our campaign is one that could conceivably have a very positive impact on our local environment. Further details on that meeting will be coming out soon so keep an eye on our web-site for event specifics.
We will look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and future events.
Mahalo,
Paul

Black Tie and Baggies

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Get out your snazziest formal wear and give it some surfing style! Black Tie and Baggies is finally here! Its First Coast Surfrider’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and its name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). For some examples of what folks wear check out this gallery. There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! For more info and to let us know you’re coming, check out the Facebook Event.

Here’s the details:
Saturday, April 30 · 6:00pm – 10:00pm
@ The Atlantic (333 1st Street N, Jacksonville Beach, FL)
Live music by B-Liminal
Catering by Paco’s Mexican Grill
$10 at the door. Ages 18+
Items for raffle and silent auction. Items include:
A Channel Islands longboard, courtesy of The Surf Station
A Sector 9 longboard skateboard, courtesy of Sunrise Surf Shop
A Weber Smoky Mountain Cooker Smoker, courtesy of the Home Depot
Jax Axemen season tickets
Weekly passes to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
Passes to the Jacksonville Film Festival
A MOCA family membership
An Adirondack chair gift basket from Plaudits
A backpack and a six-pack from Burro Bags, some T’s from 20 Dollar Soda, a Bold Bean Coffee gift basket, gift certificates to several places including Sun Deli and Picasso Day Spa.
Original artwork by Damon Williams, Ryan Ketterman, and Brian Hornung of jaxbeachgallery, Adam Heindel, and Greg Heindel.
and more!

 

Please join us to support your oceans, beaches, and waves for what promises to be a great night.

@Black Tie and Baggies: Greg Heindel Art

@Black Tie and Baggies gala: “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Greg Heindel. This great piece of art is a 24×18″ oil on canvas painting, wrapped in a handmade coquina shell frame and covered in clear lacquer.

cheeseburger in paradise

This piece will be available for silent auction at the Black Tie and Baggies gala: April 30th, 6-10pm @ The Atlantic in Jax Beach. Black Tie and Baggies is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and its name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). For some examples of what folks wear check out this gallery. There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Let us know you’re coming at the Facebook Event.

@Black Tie and Baggie: Bold Bean gift basket

bold bean coffee

The next entry in our @Black Tie and Baggies series is a coffee gift basket from our new best friends at Bold Bean Coffee. They recently re-branded their Beachwalk Blend to benefit the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. If you have already tried their organic, small-batch roasted coffee sourced from small-scale family farmers, then you know how delicious great coffee can be. If you haven’t, give them a try (see where you can pick up their beans here). You can also find them at the Riverside Arts Market each Saturday and Downtown Art Walk on the first Wednesday of every month. Not only do they make a great product, they do so in a socially responsible way while also supporting their local community.

This gift basket will be available for raffle at the Black Tie and Baggies gala: April 30th, 6-10pm @ The Atlantic in Jax Beach. Black Tie and Baggies is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and its name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). For some examples of what folks wear check out this gallery. There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Let us know you’re coming at the Facebook Event.

Jacksonville Beach Pier Use

Please see below for a position paper by the Executive Committee of the Surfrider Foundation’s First Coast Chapter on the current state of use on and adjacent to the Jacksonville Beach Pier. If you have any questions or comments, please email us or come to a meeting.

For quite some time there has been an ongoing dispute between fisherman and surfers over the area in and around the Jacksonville Beach Pier. We at the Surfrider Foundation First Coast Chapter understand that due to the close proximity of our respective activities, there are times that accidents do occur and tempers can flare-up. We note that the actors in conflicts between the two parties are a very small minority of their respective groups, and most surfers and fishermen on or near the pier behave appropriately and act respectfully towards each other.

As a matter of record, it should be noted that the Surfrider Foundation has within its membership, both surfers, fisherman, and those who are actively involved in both endeavors. As such, we understand each sides desire to partake in their given endeavor in the most enjoyable ways.

After the subject was raised In the December 7-13 issue of Folio Magazine, and in an attempt to look for ways to create a positive dialog and help resolve the issue, the Executive Committee of the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation invited a group of fisherman headed by Joe Dionne as well as a representative of the Jacksonville Beach City Council to a sit down meeting. The tone of the meeting was very friendly and open.

From the outset, it has been the Chapter’s preference to find ways other than restrictions to resolve the conflict. We hope both groups can team up to educate surfers and fishermen on the issues. By doing so, we can establish a greater respect between our groups and avoid legislative restrictions that may be untenable for either group. The City should take the time to carefully evaluate all options, including how they have been implemented and received at other sites.

During our meeting the subject of resurrecting the 300’ buffer zone that existed at the old pier was brought up by one of the members of the fisherman’s group. After some debate the fisherman’s group agreed to compromise and proposed a 200’ buffer. While our Executive Committee was not enthusiastic over the proposal and still hopes to avoid any buffer ordinance, we did agree to support up to a 200’ buffer ordinance if one were to be enacted, given the following provisos:

  1. The ordinance be enforced equally for surfers and fisherman who are in violation, ie. – A surfer who persistently remains within the buffer zone, cuts lines intentionally, or otherwise harasses or confronts a fisherman, or a fisherman who casts beyond the buffer zone, intentionally casts at a surfer to cause harm, or otherwise harasses or confronts a surfer.
  2. A surfer will not be penalized if a wave they are riding carries them inside the buffer zone, provided they subsequently paddle back outside of the buffer zone. A fisherman will not be penalized who inadvertently casts in the direction of a surfer with no intent to harm.
  3. That the rules would be relaxed seasonally during periods of low usage on the pier (i.e. – the winter season between the months of November and March).

Water Education Festival @ Mosh

When: Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 10am-4pmMOSH

Where: Museum of Science and History

1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207

The First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be hanging out at the Water Education Festival hosted by the Museum of Science and History. We’ll be talking about protecting the ocean and beaches. It will be a fun time so come on out. Admission is free all day. For more information, go here.