Monday, May 15, 2017

A Taste of Lot 579



Surfrider Foundation Benefit Packs the Hall

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Southern California surfers and foodies all converged on Lot 579 in Huntington Beach (Surf City USA) May 11th to sample the best beach eats and salute the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves and beaches.

Located in the trendy, new Pacific City center on Pacific Coast Highway, Lot 579 - named after lifeguard stations 5, 7 and 9 just across the street - was the perfect place for the Surfrider benefit. With the waves breaking nearby and a beautiful sunset over the HB Pier as a backdrop, you couldn't ask for a better spot than this beach-themed food hall.


Hosted by Locale magazine and staffed with Surfrider's Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter crew, the A Taste of Lot 579 benefit included tastes from a dozen Lot 579 restaurants, music, raffle prizes, and more. 

Surfrider chapter chair Tony Soriano was busy greeting everyone while members were selling raffle tickets and explaining what Surfrider is doing to safeguard the environment - from testing water quality to certifying Ocean Friendly Restaurants that practice sustainable food sourcing and handling methods.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel could see that everyone was having a great time.

Greg Goran and his son Finn said they were making it a boys night out. Alex and Norma Sellers and Joe Samoa couldn't wait to try a spaghetti-grilled cheese sandwich from Burnt Crumbs.
With over 750 people attending the event, it was a non-stop food fest - with everyone partying and conga-lining from one food stop to the next.  


To join in the party and see all the different food at Lot 579, check out the story in Surf'n Beach Scene Magazine. Just click: Lot 579 


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ohana Day 2017 – A Wave of Aloha Spirit!



Surfrider Foundation Celebrates Earth & Family
 Around the World!


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug & Patti Kishel

Surfrider Foundation chapters around the world are combining Earth Day celebrations with Hawaiian-style Ohana Day festivities that celebrate the Earth and family.


Seal Beach, CA was filled with people and the sounds of Hawaiian music on Saturday, April 15th as everyone came out for the annual Ohana (Family) Day event hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter and co-sponsor Kohl’s.

 
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel always love this fun-filled day that brings family and friends together to join in the Ohana festivities and help clean the beach.


 

Surfrider’s members organized beach cleanups…with 190 volunteers collecting 1,045 lbs. of trash.

 



and led the kids in environmental education activities that emphasized ways to keep our oceans pristine and healthy.


There were lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Surfing lessons, kayaking and paddle boarding.




Cotton candy to eat and games to play.


Orange County Coastkeeper and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust were on hand to talk about the importance of protecting the environment.


And Drains to Ocean explained the damage that inland water runoff from residential and commercial properties can do to our waterways and oceans.




Tony Soriano, Surfrider’s Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chair, was excited about getting the next generation on board to safeguard the environment. “It teaches them values,” he said, “and lets them know that they are vital to the future of our oceans and the sport of surfing.” 


LA Video Drone caught all the action.


There was so much to see… 



Even these mermaids came out to join in the fun.

  
By the end of the day everyone was enjoying the warmth of ohana – a sense of community and the feeling that we are “all connected to each other and to the Earth itself.”

  
The beauty of ohana is that it doesn’t just last for a day. It lasts a lifetime. This photo of SurfWriter Girl Patti and her childhood friends (which Judy Rumsey Bullard sent her recently) is definite proof of that! 



To see more highlights from Ohana Day, go to Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine, Just click on Surfrider


 Mahalo and Love to all
Sunny and Patti


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