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Surfrider champion Jason Sam, back row centre, alongside USS Youth Environmental Stewardship program students after a triumphant marine debris clean up of Flo Bay. (Westerly File photo)

Jason Sam wins Surfrider Wavemaker Award

“It’s an award that reflects on everyone.”

 

Up and riding, Lilly Woodbury is the chapter manager of Surfrider Pacific Rim. (Nicole Holman photo)

Surfrider Short Film Festival evokes inspiration

We look forward to seeing you all November 20th-22nd.

  • Nov 18, 2020

 

Colin Miller, Operations Manager at Tofino’s House of Himwitsa Native Art Gallery, celebrates his Ocean Friendly Business certification. (Lilly Woodbury photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Coast celebrates a win on World Oceans Day

As the coast opens up, businesses continue to prioritize environmental regeneration

  • Jun 7, 2020

 

Sonbird depot manager Robin Jackson says that unlike recycling depots in other municipalities across the country, Sonbird features open air space. (Nicole Holman photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Celebrating SonBird’s dedication to the Coast

West Coast recycling centre continues to serve thanks to an open-air depot and new regulations.

  • Jun 2, 2020
Sonbird depot manager Robin Jackson says that unlike recycling depots in other municipalities across the country, Sonbird features open air space. (Nicole Holman photo)
Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award

Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award

“We are all motivated to keep the area clean and do what we can to preserve it.”

Tofino-Ucluelet Surfrider Youth Club receives Wavemaker Award
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)

Surfrider Pacific Rim: Five ways to protect and enjoy the outdoors while self-isolating

Indulge in a sea-inspired book or bring nature indoors, writes chapter manager

  • Apr 11, 2020
Surfrider Pacific Rim staff member Nicole Holman reads Swell by Captain Liz Clarke. (Submitted photo)
CREATING CHANGE: Students and teachers from the Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Ditidaht, and Kyuquot prepare for a beach clean blitz of Wickaninnish on Feb.21. The teens were participating in an inaugural youth-led Surfrider Youth Conference on Feb. 20 and 21 in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet students host first-ever Surfrider Youth Conference

“When you have 100 plus people all together in one room, you can feel the energy.”

CREATING CHANGE: Students and teachers from the Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Ditidaht, and Kyuquot prepare for a beach clean blitz of Wickaninnish on Feb.21. The teens were participating in an inaugural youth-led Surfrider Youth Conference on Feb. 20 and 21 in Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Jamie’s Whaling Station gave a generous 32K donation to the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation to put towards their ‘Love Your Beach Clean’ program. The money will allow the environmental nonprofit to continue to grow the program with better data collection, more education, more ambassadors, and more remote cleans. (Surfrider Pacific Rim photo)

PHOTOS: A WAVE OF GENEROSITY

Tofino and Ucluelet businesses give big over the holidays.

Jamie’s Whaling Station gave a generous 32K donation to the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation to put towards their ‘Love Your Beach Clean’ program. The money will allow the environmental nonprofit to continue to grow the program with better data collection, more education, more ambassadors, and more remote cleans. (Surfrider Pacific Rim photo)
Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider Pacific Rim hopes unique wetsuit recycling program stays local to the Coast

“We really want to see someone locally or regionally take this on and use this material locally.”

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s youth co-ordinator Alys Hoyland, left, and chapter manager Lilly Woodbury pack up the last of the worn out wetsuits with Far West Distributors team Scott Johnson and John De Vries on Nov.27. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
‘Finding Solitude’ filmmakers Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg, left, and Jaiden George eagerly wait for ticket holders to take their seats at the Nov. 17 Ucluelet premiere of their short environmental film. The young duo held three sold out screenings over the weekend and raised about $1,500 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Surfrider Youth Club. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
‘Finding Solitude’ filmmakers Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg, left, and Jaiden George eagerly wait for ticket holders to take their seats at the Nov. 17 Ucluelet premiere of their short environmental film. The young duo held three sold out screenings over the weekend and raised about $1,500 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Surfrider Youth Club. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino and Ucluelet open zero-waste refill stations

“We wanted to have a thoughtful impact on the community.”

Diane Rudge refills a hand soap container at The Den quality goods and refillery in Ucluelet. The store stocks products that are ocean-friendly, biodegradable and local. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Environmental groups will soon be able to access more funding to support the retrieval of abandoned fishing gear. (Emerald Sea Protection Society Photo)

Ottawa commits $8M to ghost gear retrieval

“A lot of birds, seals, crab and even our fish get entangled in ghost fishing gear.”

Environmental groups will soon be able to access more funding to support the retrieval of abandoned fishing gear. (Emerald Sea Protection Society Photo)
Ukee girl Lily Gray rocks a hoola-hoop as local band Ballistic Pig plays their 11th and final Ukee Days performance on the Main Stage last year. (Andrew Bailey Photo)

West Coast excited to celebrate UKEE DAYS!

“We’ve received really good support from the community.”

  • Jul 25, 2019
Ukee girl Lily Gray rocks a hoola-hoop as local band Ballistic Pig plays their 11th and final Ukee Days performance on the Main Stage last year. (Andrew Bailey Photo)
ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR CLEANING UP THE COAST: On July 5, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman, Minister for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser and MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, joined representatives from Surfrider Pacific Rim, the Ucluelet Aquarium, local First Nations, the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet for collaborative beach cleaning of George Fraser Islands. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Ministers, MLA Malcolmson tackle Coast’s plastic pollution

“British Columbians are very aware of plastic pollution and they want us to do something about it.”

ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR CLEANING UP THE COAST: On July 5, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman, Minister for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser and MLA for Nanaimo, Sheila Malcolmson, joined representatives from Surfrider Pacific Rim, the Ucluelet Aquarium, local First Nations, the District of Tofino and the District of Ucluelet for collaborative beach cleaning of George Fraser Islands. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)
The Emerald Sea Protection Society crew: Bourton Scott, left, Gideon Leclair-Jones, Ally Stocks, Gabriel Howells, Patrick Geary, and Jen Adamson. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Divers recover over 1,200 kg of debris at Tofino’s First Street Dock

“The problem with the ghost gear is that it keeps fishing.

The Emerald Sea Protection Society crew: Bourton Scott, left, Gideon Leclair-Jones, Ally Stocks, Gabriel Howells, Patrick Geary, and Jen Adamson. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider Youth Club members Mackenzie Hale, left, and Toby Theriault participate in a global march for more action on climate change on March 15. The youth led a group of young West Coasters from South Chesterman Beach to Frank Island, discussing their ideas for saving the planet along the way. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider Youth Club members Mackenzie Hale, left, and Toby Theriault participate in a global march for more action on climate change on March 15. The youth led a group of young West Coasters from South Chesterman Beach to Frank Island, discussing their ideas for saving the planet along the way. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider’s Alys Hoyland, Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury, centre, accept a generous donation from the Jamie’s Whaling Station team in Tofino. This spring, Jamie’s and Surfrider have two remote beach cleans planned as part of a team-building experience. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Jamie’s Whaling Station donates $100K to ocean NGOS

“It’s not just about contributing the funds, it’s actually about getting physically invested too.”

Surfrider’s Alys Hoyland, Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury, centre, accept a generous donation from the Jamie’s Whaling Station team in Tofino. This spring, Jamie’s and Surfrider have two remote beach cleans planned as part of a team-building experience. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Oregon surfer Deklyn Wood cross-steps on his longboard during day one of the 17th Clean Water Classic in Westport, Washington. The annual event is a fundraiser and all ages fun surf event for the Surfrider chapters along the Cascadia Coast. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Tofino-Ucluelet surfers conquer 17th annual Surfrider Clean Water Classic

Contest cancelled halfway through day one due to big waves and strong wind.

Oregon surfer Deklyn Wood cross-steps on his longboard during day one of the 17th Clean Water Classic in Westport, Washington. The annual event is a fundraiser and all ages fun surf event for the Surfrider chapters along the Cascadia Coast. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)
Surfrider volunteers Takaya, front left, Isla, Ava, Turin and Riley with Jason, in the back, and Megan soak up sun rays and good vibes at Florencia Bay Beach on July 14. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Florencia beach clean near Tofino draws awesome crowd

Visitors from as far as Hawaii, Philippines, and Venezuela pitch in at Surfrider event.

Surfrider volunteers Takaya, front left, Isla, Ava, Turin and Riley with Jason, in the back, and Megan soak up sun rays and good vibes at Florencia Bay Beach on July 14. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Lilly Woodbury is the chapter manager of the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation.

Surfrider Pacific Rim: On protecting Canada’s Oceans this World Oceans Day

Canada boasts the longest coastline in the world, and as a developed…

  • Jun 6, 2018
Lilly Woodbury is the chapter manager of the Surfrider Pacific Rim Foundation.