Sunday, January 31, 2021

Surfrider Solo Beach Cleanups


Protecting Beaches Together, But Apart


Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Surfrider Foundation is sending out an urgent request for people to help clean our beaches. With the pandemic putting the brakes on organized beach cleanup events, the amount of trash on the beach has grown considerably, threatening the ocean and sea life.


When it rains things get even worse because water runoff from inland areas brings more trash and pollutants to the beach.


Surfrider's Huntington/Seal Beach, CA chapter co-chairs KC Fockler and Roberta Wynashe are calling on volunteers to do "solo" beach cleanups alone or with household members. 


Solo Beach Dreams

A Poem for the Surfrider Foundation

By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel


Alone by the sea,

just the waves and me.

Dreaming of a clean, blue ocean

with sea life in motion.


Dreaming of a beautiful beach

with no trash in reach.

Dreaming of a shoreline that's fantastic

with no cigarette butts or plastic.



We can make these dreams come true, I know,

if we all clean the beach - solo.


And whenever you're outdoors – in your neighborhood or on the go – Surfrider is asking you to "Take 3 for the sea" and pick up three pieces of trash. Little things like this make a big difference in the environment.


Surfrider is hoping to channel everyone's passion for the beach to "make February a month of loving the ocean for Valentine's Day."


 What the world – and ocean – needs now is love, sweet love.  


SurfWriter Girls

 Surf’n Beach Scene Magazine

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