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South Bay Boardriders helps guard shoreline

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A cleanup crew picks up tar in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Betsy Ryan

A cleanup crew picks up tar in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Betsy Ryan

by Dan Ryan and Mark Cole

Part of the South Bay Boardriders Club mission is to be “Guardians of the Shoreline.” It’s important that we educate members and the public about environmental sustainability. This includes beach clean-ups and fundraisers traditionally associated with ocean-based, non-profit groups. But in addition, we set an example of contemporary sustainability.

During the 2018 season, we continued our partnership with Heal the Bay and again adopted Bruce’s Beach at 26th Street. We held our annual beach cleanup, as well as our annual “Pints Above Plastics” fundraiser, which raised funds for the Surfrider Foundation’s plastic pollution initiative. Our surf contest series no longer features single use, plastic water bottles. Instead attendees fill up reusable bottles at our water refill station provided by local apparel brand HippyTree. We provided all competitors in our kickoff surf contest with limited edition, SBBC reusable water bottles. Recycle bins at our contests prevent single use beverage containers from ending up in a landfill. 

The club uses its purchasing power to reward companies that produce environmentally friendly versions of our favorite products. Each year, we continue to improve our environmental practices. Suggestions for sustainability and environmental best practices are welcome can be submitted to environment@southbayboardriders.com. SBBC

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