Thursday, October 7, 2010

Update on Malibu World Surfing Reserves Event 10/9/10

Malibu World Surfing Reserve to be Inaugurated on Saturday

October 9 events to dedicate and celebrate the first World Surfing Reserve at

Malibu’s Surfrider Beach

October 7, 2010 – This Saturday, October 9, a series of events throughout the day in Malibu will

inaugurate and celebrate the first World Surfing Reserve. The day begins at sunrise with a Chumash

Native American blessing at Malibu’s First Point as well as a paddle out ceremony, followed by an

official dedication ceremony with speakers at Surfrider Beach, and ends in the evening with a

celebration at Duke’s Malibu.

Mati Waiya, a local Chumash leader and founder of the Wishtoyo Foundation, will lead a traditional

sunrise ceremony on the beach, honoring and blessing the day’s activities for the Malibu World Surfing

Reserve. This will be followed by a paddle-out and surfer circle in the water at First Point led by the

Local Stewardship Council of the Malibu World Surfing Reserve.

Later, at 11am, leaders and other prominent speakers will address the assembled crowd at Surfrider

Beach for the official dedication ceremony of the Malibu World Surfing Reserve. Confirmed speakers

include: Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Jefferson Wagner, Mayor of Malibu; Brad

Farmer, National Surfing Reserves Australia; Santos Kreimann, L.A. Beaches and Harbors; Liz

Crosson, Santa Monica Baykeeper; Fran Pavley, California State Senator; Drew Albenze, Surfrider

Foundation; Allen Sarlo, Local Stewardship Council; Michael Blum, Malibu Surfing Association; Ross

Mirkarimi and Sara Wan, California Coastal Commission; Fernando Aguerre, International Surfing

Association; and Dean LaTourrette of Save The Waves Coalition.

An evening celebration and fundraiser at Duke’s Malibu will honor the Local Stewardship Council and

features live music by Jon Swift and special guests. Tickets for the evening event are on sale now at and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit programs of World Surfing Reserves.

World Surfing Reserves protects world-class surf breaks and their surrounding areas by promoting the

many positive environmental, cultural, and socio-economic benefits of these coastal surf zones. Malibu

is the first surf break to be officially designated in what will be a global network of surfing reserves.

Malibu has been recognized as one of the world's “perfect waves” but has been continuously and

adversely affected by poor water quality due to sewage runoff and other environmental pressures from

the greater Los Angeles area. The Malibu World Surfing Reserve aims to build important community

awareness and activism around the issues of coastal preservation and surf break protection.

October 9 Schedule of Events:

7am Chumash Beach Ceremony and Paddle Out (Surfrider Beach & First Point)

11amDedication Ceremony (Surfrider Beach)

7pm Fundraiser Celebration (Duke’s Malibu)

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