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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Making Waves, Making Sense

Yesterday, I got the new issue of Making Waves, the Surfrider Foundation's award-winning, bi-monthly publication, (soy-based inks on recycled paper) Volume 24, Number 5.

First off, if you're not at least a member of Surfrider, you should only be allowed to surf San Diego breaks, on days after big rainstorms.

Making Waves has been around seemingly forever, or at least before the internet. This issue's theme is "Vote!"

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I sincerely think that Jim Moriarity is one of the greatest voices we have as waveriders. In addition to his regular intro to Making Waves, Moriarity keeps a blog called Oceans Waves Beaches. This issue, he implores surfers to look at candidates through "Surfrider Lenses."

"This election is challenging. There are some who vote along party lines regardless of the election, but I'm not one of those people. While party lines offer some guidance, life doesn't fall cleanly into categories very often. Surfrider Foundation is a non-partisan organization and I would be acting outside our mission to endorse a candidate. At the same time, I would be remiss to remain silent." At that point, he inserted a big Sarah Palin-style "wink-wink."

Okay, I just made that last part up, but I can imagine it's not easy to stay officially neutral for any environmentalist. His column is followed by an in-depth feature by Tracey Armstong. Here, among many other great ideas, she brings up the point that offshore oil drilling has been a polarizing issue between the parties, but due to the pressure of public opinion polls, the Dems are considering lifting the long standing moratoriums on drilling in our oceans. Scary.

There is also an update spread on how different chapters celebrated International Surfing Day. And I have to say, I was impressed to learn of active chapters in such unexpectedly conscious regions as Argentina, El Salvador, South Korea and even South Texas (easy there, Cowboys.)

There is also a great update on the Montauk 8, on which I did a feature last spring by Angela How, Surfrider's Legal Manager. Good stuff.

Join Surfrider today (if you aren't a member yet, you should be embarrassed, but they won't tell anyone) and you'll get Making Waves delivered to your house as well.