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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Updated: October 19, 12:46 PM ET
Rastovich raises environmental awareness

Howie Cook looks on as a blue whale visits with the TransparentSea crew just off the coast of Newport Beach, Calif.

"There's not enough time to do everything, plenty of time to do anything, and just enough time do something," says Howie Cook, a surfer and artist who joined Dave Rastovich in the formation of Surfers For Cetaceans. "People around the world need to believe in the power of their communities and friends to create a voice. S4C is a template for what individuals can to do to speak up, through non-violent action, on behalf of the ocean."

Surfers For Cetaceans is a group committed to activating ocean-minded people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life. Their mission is to be a human voice for and defender of cetaceans worldwide through "compassion, awareness, education, media and dedicated interventions."

And this fall the S4C crew has been diligently on the aqua highway, participating in the TransparentSea voyage. The TransparentSea campaign's aim is to highlight coastal environmental issues, with particular attention given to cetaceans, whales and dolphins, and the waters they inhabit. Their first episode took place in 2009 and was a run down the Australian coast from Byron Bay to Bondi. Rastovich, Cook and company successfully highlighted the plight of humpback whales and the threat faced by Japanese whaling fleets. Their current voyage traces the southern migration of the California Grey Whale from Santa Barbara to Baja Mexico.

"If you live and surf on the Southern California coastline, it is your responsibility to look after it and there is nobody more qualified than the everyday person to do that," explained Rastovich during at talk at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point earlier this week. "I was amazed by the abundance of sea life along this coast, go out and contribute in some way to helping protect these resources."

Dave Rastovich addresses the crowd at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, spreading the message about responsibility and action to help preserve the ocean's resources.

In the same way he has stylishly defined his free-surfing, Rasta is making his mark with his passion for the ocean, and the pursuit of preserving it. The 500-plus in attendance at the Ocean Institute were treated to a night of education, film, food, art and dancing to the rhythmic offerings from the Rasta's musical act, the Band of Frequencies. A screening of "Minds in the Water," directed by Justin Krumb, left all scratching their heads and asking themselves what they could do. A large offering of art and photos was also auctioned off from Andy Davis, Harry Daily, Chloe Trujillo, Scott Soens, Howie Cook and Hilton Dawe, proceeds went to support Surfer's for Cetaceans and other ocean minded charities.

"If the ocean dies, we die," surmised Paul Watson, founder of Sea Sheppard.

The next stop of the tour will be 5 p.m., Sunday Oct. 23 at the Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego.