We're planning RIPPLE for 2015. If you're interested in helping, email arts@dc.surfrider.org.


DOOR PRIZES courtesy of Remember Your Roots

Door prizes at RIPPLE tonight are courtesy of Remember Your Roots Eco-friendly Clothing!

We are very thankful of our retail partners, Remember Your Roots (RYR), for their support of Surfrider's mission and the DC Chapter. For every t-shirt sold, the guys at RYR pick up a pound of trash at our cleanups. In addition to their volunteer work, RYR offers Surfrider members a 10% discount on their total order (use code SURFRIDER10). Visit www.iamryr.com to view their awesome line of organic tees and hoodies!

RYR's Paul and Michael at our April Potomac River Cleanup. Paul is sporting the Roots Flake Organic Tee in River Blue - just 1 of the tees we'll be raffling off this evening!

Remember Your Roots is a clothing company whose goal is to provide consumers with a more ecological clothing alternative without having to sacrifice style. Unlike other major clothing brands, they believe in creating quality products by utilizing only 100% organic and/or postconsumer recycled materials.

"The importance of being an organic clothing company cannot be understated. Environmental damage done by companies making clothing out of conventional cotton is immense. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown. Remember Your Roots not only reflects the inner passions of our consumers, but is also a symbol to remember and care for the environment around us." -- RYR

DONOR SPOTIGHT: Potomac Paddlesports

Big thank you to guys and gals at Potomac Paddlesports for their donation of 2 SUP Membership Packages!

Potomac Paddlesports--DC's premier paddlesports outfitter and retailer--now offers top quality stand up paddling instruction for those who wish to join a proficient, social, stand up paddling community. The "SUP" Membership includes four lessons, free coached weeknight practice sessions, and free board rentals and a 10% discount at our retail store. Learn at your own pace as your time permits over a two year period--manage your class schedule online--and take our boards out anytime you want from May through September.

Potomac Paddlesports is located at 11917 Maple Avenue, Rockville, MD. Visit www.potomacpaddlesports.com for more information on their products and services.


RIPPLE is tonight, tonight, tonight!

Please join us for our annual fundraiser, RIPPLE, tonight (Friday, June 22nd) at 8pm at the Hill Center!

RIPPLE is an art show and silent auction celebrating International Surfing Day.  The event helps raise vital funds for the DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

The gala includes art from Chapter favorites Marissa Roche and Sally Gilliam, as well as jewelry, 2 tent packages courtesy of REI (www.rei.com), a 3/2 mm men's wetsuit courtesy of Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc. (www.wetsuitwearhouse.com), and many other fun surprises!

You don't have to be a member of the Surfrider Foundation to attend -- all are welcome!

Date/Time: Friday, June 22 @ 8pm

Attire: black tie and boardshorts (or "aloha formal," or "beachy dressy," as you prefer), but feel free to come wearing whatever you're most comfortable in.

Tickets at the door: $25, all proceeds go directly to the chapter's efforts to keep our rivers and oceans clean (and tickets include wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres, sweet!).

Metro Directions:  Take the Orange or Blue lines to the Eastern Market Metro station.  From there, just walk two block southeast on Pennsylvania Ave and you're there.

Map: 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Paddle out with your new Carbonerro Paddle!

A BIG thank you to our regional Carbonerro rep, Greg Miller, for donating a Carbonerro Carbon Fiber Paddle for this year's RIPPLE! Look for this item in our Silent Auction!

Carbonerro's carbon fiber paddles are beautifully constructed with an elongated ten-degree teardrop blade, smooth drawn out dihedral spine, and reinforced ABS edge. Their carbon fiber shafts have just the right amount of flex to evenly distribute the energy from your body to the blade. This allows for a smoother transition without compromising performance or sacrificing your body to stress and fatigue.

These paddles retail at $339. Greg is offering Surfrider members a discounted price of $299! For more information, e-mail him at gmansurf@gmail.com.


INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY -- Special Membership Offer!

In just a few short days, the Surfrider Foundation will offer a FANTASTIC opportunity for you to join or renew your membership AND score tons of great free stuff!

A special International Surfing Day membership, available online only, will be offered during International Surfing Day on June 20. Different membership levels entitle you to different swag. Please see below!

Standard ISD Package -- $30
• Limited edition International Surfing Day t-shirt – Soft, slim fit ENOVA tee made with reclaimed cotton fiber and GOTS certified dyes.

• On A Mission ECO Surf Wax – High traction surf wax packaged w/ biodegradable vegetable shrink film and post consumer waste paper

• One year subscription to Transworld SURF magazine

• One year's membership to the Surfrider Foundation

Deluxe ISD Package -- $125
• Everything listed in the Standard ISD Package

- PLUS -

• ECO Logical all-natural SPF 30 sunblock – Water resistant, UVA / UVB protection, hypoallergenic, non-nano, non-whitening zinc oxide

• DaKine Point Backpack – Roomy 1800 cu. In pack features a seam sealed wetsuit pocket, skate carry straps, organizer pocket, fleece lined sunglass pocket, mesh side pockets.

• Creatures of Leisure 6' Pro Leash – Perfect summer wave leash. Heavy duty cuff, double bearing swivel, Surefire leash release, key pocket, 2-year guarantee.

VIP ISD Package -- $300
• Everything listed in the Standard ISD Package

- PLUS -

• ECO Logical all-natural SPF 30 sunblock

• DaKine Point Backpack

• Creatures of Leisure 6' Pro Leash

• AND a GoPro Hero2 Surf Edition Camera - Waterproof housing to 197 feet (60m), capable of capturing professional full 170º wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. 2 Surfboard mounts. Rechargeable Li-ion Battery.

For more information, visit: http://isd.surfrider.org/join-surfrider/

RIPPLE Featured Artist: Marissa Roche

Marissa’s work draws inspiration from her reactions to the natural world. Her artwork seeks to capture moments when, with reawakened senses, we re-establish our connections to nature. The quiet presence and flowing patterns of these elements - vast skies, expansive oceans, rolling hills, are represented on wood. In an effort to bridge The dichotomy between the natural world as subject and the actual representation as art is lessened through the re-purposing of utilitarian cabinet surfaces which would otherwise be discarded. Elements of realism and an abstract presence imbue Marissa’s images to create an external expression of her deep appreciation for and connection to the natural world.

Marissa holds a degree in art from the University of Maryland, has the pleasure of working with children as an arts educator and as an artist. She has featured her artwork in the past 3 RIPPLEs. We are excited to welcome her back for this year's show!


Donor Spotlight: REI

After this past weekend's sweltering heat, are itching to get out to the beach? Are you excited for another summer full of surfing and camping? Let Surfrider and REI outfit you for your adventures ahead!

This year, REI has donated 2 TENT PACKAGES for our silent auction!

TENT #1 – REI Base Camp 4

A robust, livable structure, the REI Base Camp 4 tent is for camp enthusiasts who favor more remote, exposed sites. Its time tested, proven design will serve you well for years to come.

Two REI Camp Chairs are included with this package. The REI Camp Chair is built for adventure, making it a must have item for car camping, tailgate parties and barbecues. The Camp Chair includes a storage bag with adjustable shoulder straps for easy carrying.

TENT #2 – REI Half Dome 2

The new REI Half Dome 2 is a lightweight, weather-worthy backpacking tent for 2 that maximizes livability, access and storage. In 2010, The Half Dome 2 won the Backpacker 2010 Editors’ Choice Gold Award. (Check out the video review here.) This tent has the same successful design but with technological updates.

With this tent, REI has donated the corresponding footprint and 2 REI Trail Chairs!

Each year, REI donates millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and sends dedicated teams of volunteers-members, customers, and REI employees- on projects such as building trails, cleaning up beaches, and restoring local habitats.

REI has been a generous supporter of the DC Chapter of Surfrider for many years. In 2010, REI awarded the DC Chapter a grant to build the David Stemper Memorial Rain Garden.

Introducing Sean Kelley -- RIPPLE Featured Artist

Sean Kelley moved to Northern Virginia from Hawaii in 1977. His specialty is travel photography.

“I try to shoot different parts of the world with a unique perspective, to inspire folks to get off the couch and go there themselves! Immerse myself into culture and record landscape and human interest images.” – Sean Kelley

Sean owns and operates a full-service photography business that creates and sells fine art photography, sells a photography-based surf clothing line, and provides event coverage. More of his photography will be on display June 21st (6:30pm - 10:30pm) at the “GET WET” Surf Art & Photography Exhibit at NORTHSIDE SOCIAL Coffee & Wine.

RIPPLE Featured Artist: Megan Bousquet

"The ocean is and always will be part of who I am. It is my grounding source, my inspiration, and the place that nourishes my creativity. It is where I feel most at home, and most connected to the universal currents of life." ~ Megan Bousquet

We are excited to welcome back Megan Bousquet – artist, surfer, and past DC Chapter Board member – for this year's RIPPLE: Art Affecting Oceans.

Megan grew up spending her summers down the Jersey Shore. She first saw the beach when just a baby, started surfing when she was fourteen, and has been making art for as long as she can remember. So it’s no doubt that her two passions – for the ocean and for art - would eventually merge together.

As an artist and a surfer, the term “pura vida” captures the essence of Megan’s life and work. It is the Costa Rican motto for life, a phrase that describes a way of living in the moment and with passion. Megan first discovered its essence while surfing along the coast in Nosara, Costa Rica, and quickly adopted it as a guiding principle for her own life. The spirit of “pura vida” has infused her style of art making – and provides a source for noticing joy in the simple, & capturing the life that occurs within a moment.

Megan holds her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MA in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. She is a registered Art Therapist and practicing artist.

Megan Bousquet with current Chapter Chair, Cheryl Norcross


DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc.

We are incredibly thankful to Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc. for their donation of a 3/2mm Men's Large Wetsuit for RIPPLE's auction!

The 3/2mm Hyperflex AMP-3 is the warmest and most flexible suit ever produced by the guys up in Jersey. Highlighting the AMP-3 is the new AQ3 thermal lined interior fabric which promotes core warmth without sacrificing flexibility. The suit is made of 100% AmpStretch superstretch neoprene for unrestricted mobility without added bulk. The sealed and liquid taped seams work together with the waterproof short back zipper (with anti-flush gasket) to eliminate flushing.

In addition to their donation, Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc. has extended 15% off any order over $50 PLUS free shipping to all DC Chapter members! Simply use the redeem coupon code SURFRIDERIPPLE at checkout. This offer is good from today until May of 2013.

Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc. is the largest wetsuit specialty shop in the world! They carry a wide selection of wetsuits and neoprene accessories for surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, SCUBA, triathlon swimming, and more. Visit their online store at www.westsuitwearhouse.com, or watch their promo video below for more information.

Volunteers Needed!

RIPPLE is right around the corner, and we are looking for volunteers.

Want to help?

We need a small army of volunteers (10-20) to help on June 22nd with setup, take down, guest check in, and behind the bar. If you can help, please e-mail Cheryl Norcross at dcchapter@surfrider.org. All volunteers will receive a special gift bag to thank them for their hard work!


RIPPLE 2012 is Coming!

Dust off your black tie and boardshorts! RIPPLE is BACK! Mark your calendars for RIPPLE 2012, Friday, June 22, 2012 at The Hill Center. More information to follow!


RIPPLE is tomorrow!!

Have you bought your tickets yet? Spread the word to your friends to support the Surfrider Foundation this Saturday June 18, 2011!

WHEN & WHERE?Saturday, June 18 (8 pm to midnight):

A gala for members and friends of Surfrider and other environmental organizations. Surf-related art from a host of professional ocean-loving artists. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, music. Exhibit of member-created art inspired by the oceans.

Gallery: ARTiculate Gallery

Location: 1100 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Metro: Farragut North)

Proceeds from the gala and art sales will benefit the Surfrider Foundation's DC Chapter, and its campaigns to reduce trash and pollution in our waterways and ocean.


The Capitals Package!

At Ripple were not all surf, just mostly. Up for grabs in our silent auction is a Washington Capitals package that begs to be bid on. The package includes one signed puck by Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and two tickets to the upcoming Capitals vs. Nashville Predators (2011 playoffs team)at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:00p.m.


RIPPLE Featured Artist: Robb Havassy

Robb Havassy has donated a Surf Story Book - Signed & Numbered Collector's First Edition for our RIPPLE silent auction!

"The book features the largest collection of surf art and surf stories ever presented. The 400+ page hard-cover coffee table book will contain more than 200 pieces of surf art, and over 150 surf stories from an incredible list of contributors including:

SURF STORY Surfer/Artists: Ken Auster, Chris Lundy, Sandow Birk, Michael Knowlton, Mike Doyle, Kevin Ancell, Robb Havassy, Meegan Feori, Shawn Griggs, Rick Rietveld, Russell Crotty, Ben Brough "33", Céline Chat, CR Stecyk, Alex Weinstein, Chris Pederson, Spencer Reynolds, Alan Casagrande, Damian Fulton, Mike Losness, Shannon McIntyre, Vanessa Janss, REMI BERTOCHE, Frank Errickson, Gaston Locklear, Ned Evans, David Lloyd, John Severson, Patrick Parker, Drew Brophy, Wade Koniakowsky, Jay Alders, Aubrey Falk, Kevin Short, Pete Tillack, Scott Szegeski, Charlie Clingman, Heather Brown, Steven Chew "Sli Dawg", Matt Beard, Jesse Miller, Herbie Fletcher, Noia, Bill Ogden, Peter Thorne, Steve Bojoroquez, Peter Pierce, Ron Croci, Mike Lorenzini, Karim Rejeb.***Plus Surf Story contributors:Robert and Sam August, Art Brewer, Tom Servais, Noah Johnson, Wingnut, Joel Tudor, Drew Kampion, Rochelle Ballard, Nat Young, Corky Carrol, Chris Ahrens, Aamion Goodwin & Daize Shayne, Rob Machado, Greg Escalante, Jamie Brisick, Pat O'Connell, Mary Osbourne, Ithaka Darin Pappas, Joey Cabell, Craig Peterson and Kevin Naughton, Cody Graham, Herbie Fletcher, Peter Mel, Gordon McClelland, David Pu u."

The SURF STORY is what the whole culture is built on...we all have our own. It doesn't matter who your are or how well or often you surf...great stories just happen....This project is just one large, multi-media view into the tradition." - RH



Costa Rica Beach House Bound!!

Got a case of the Monday's? Can't believe another work week has begun? Looking for a place to go where surf is good, constant and all your worries seem just a bit farther away and less important? We thought so!! All the more reason you should join us for Ripple. The above picture shows the surf break right by the Costa Rica beach house which will be up for auction during Ripple. A full week's worth of lodging here in paradise could be yours for the low price of.... Guess you will have to come to Ripple to throw your hat in the ring for this opportunity.


Auction, Auction, Auction

With only 9 days to Ripple. Yes, that's right 9 days!! We thought it would be a good idea to give potential party goers a rundown of items that will be available during our auction and silent auction. More details forthcoming in the next couple of days but for now this should get you excited to join us on the 18th!

1 week stay at beach house in Costa Rica (Guanacaste Province, Playa Negra)
1 4 day surfing trip for two to Casa Azul Surf Resort in San Francisco, Mexico
5 Stand up paddleboard lessons from Potomac Paddle Sports
1 SUP guided tour or SUP fitness class from Stand Up Paddle DC
1 authentic signed Donovan McNabb Redskins Home Jersey
1 signed puck by Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom plus 2 tickets to Washington Capitals preseason game in Baltimore, MD
1 Heineken Beer Tender
1 Personal training session from two-time world champion power lifter
1 Personal yoga session
1 hour massage session from Rejuvenate Massage Therapy
1 Personal DJ Service package
1 WII NFL Training Camp Game and Golf Shirt
Gift cards to multiple local restaurants including: Dr. Granville Moore's, Casa Oaxaca and Cafe Bonaparte

As you can see there will be many exciting packages available for guests to win. This doesn't even include the professional and member art that will be available for purchase. Join us for great food, great times, great art and great giveaways! You won't regret it


As if you needed another reason to come to Ripple we are proud to announce that Dr. Granville Moore’s will be providing food for this year’s event. The team at Dr. Granville Moore's, including Executive Chef - Teddy Folkman, Chef de Cuisine - Maria Evans and Sous Chef - Michael Lunsford, will be providing an extensive and delicious menu which will be included in the price of your ticket. Menu includes:

"Steak and Cheese" Sliders- Slider roll, Braised Brisket, Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Sauce
Crab Salad- Crab, Corn, Avocado Puree, Micro Cilantro, Plantain Chip
Ahi Tuna Skewer- Tuna Poke, Grape Tomato, Basil
Risotto Fritters w/ Dipping sauce
Strawberry Lemonade Tarts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Tarts

Pastries will be provided by: Amber Yankulov

Heard of Granville Moore’s? More than likely you have. Granville Moore’s has become a staple in the H Street NE neighborhood and have gained notoriety from their delicious food and coverage in the Washingtonian (Best of 2008 & 2009, Top 100 Cheap Eats 2008, Top 75 Bars 2009), Washington City Paper (Best of D.C. 2008, 2009, 2010 Best Mussels, Young and Hungry Top 50 Restaurants 2009), Imbibe Magazine Top 100 Places to Drink in America (Top Ten Gastropubs) and Everyday with Rachel Ray (District of Cool October 2008), They were also challenged to a “Moules – Frites Throwdown” in March 2008, with Food Network Star, Chef Bobby Flay – and won!

Find them on the web and Facebook


Costa Azul Adventure Resort

With Ripple just 12 days away we figured its time to start building stoke for the items that will be up for grabs in our auction/silent auction. So check out this offering. The Costa Azul Adventure Resort has offered the chapter a 4 day trip for two individuals to their exotic surfing and adventure resort located in San Pancho, Mexico. The resort is famous for its year round surf, warm tropical waters and pristine beaches.

Costa Azul offers beginner surf lessons, advanced surfing trips, zip line adventures, Yelapa day trips, horseback riding, snorkeling in the Marietta Islands, local hiking and fishing excursions and more!

This package is worth over $1,000. How much are you willing to donate for your very own piece of paradise?

RIPPLE is just 12 days from today!!!

Have you bought your ticket yet? Enter your information via the link at the right of this blog....and Purchase your tickets in advance to receive a special gift bag filled with swag! Spread the word and invite your friends!

Proceeds from tickets, silent auction items, and art purchases go towards support of the ocean and the Surfrider Foundation's DC Chapter's programs. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research, and education. http://www.surfrider.org/dc/


RIPPLE Featured Artist: Jay Alders

Prestigious media outlets & organizations like Surfer Magazine, FuelTV, Surfline.com, SIMA, Line Up Magazine, Longboard Magazine, Eastern Surf Magazine, FHM Magazine, Penthouse Magazine, Curl Magazine, Alma Surf Magazine & GoOutside Magazine all showcased Jay’s artistic endeavors.

Alders [pronounced: 'all-derz'] is also known for his heartfelt philanthropy work and healthy vegan lifestyle. He proudly & regularly gives back to the world community whenever possible. In 2009 he was named an Official Ambassador to Surf Aid International and he also supports many worthy causes such as Surfrider Foundation, PETA, Lilo’s Promise, NORML and the ASPCA amongst others.

We are happy to announce that Jay Alders is part of our RIPPLE art gala fundraiser again this year!! To check out more of Jay's work, visit http://jayalders.com/


RIPPLE Featured Artist: Marissa Roche

Marissa draws inspiration from her “first-glance” reactions to the natural world. Her artwork captures those moments we’ve all experienced when, with reawakened senses, we’re suddenly awestruck by elements of the world around us- the vast skies, the expansive oceans, the peculiar patterns on a leaf. Elements of realism and an abstract presence inform Marissa's images to create an external expression of her deep appreciation for and connection to the natural world.

Marissa has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland. She has had the pleasure of working with children as an Arts Educator and currently resides in Maryland.


RIPPLE Featured Artist: Kevin Cunningham

Kevin Cunningham

Artist Statement

I make functional art — art that is designed to get wet.

Not the functional art of a chair designed to rest comfortably in a living room and not the precious commodity of stainless silverware on a dining room table, but functional art that rides the waves and carries a passenger. And as a designer and an artist I feel the need to make this art have meaning, aesthetic beauty and sustainability.

Surfers traditionally respect the ocean and environment and actively work to protect it, yet we ride surfboards that are made from highly toxic materials that are a hazard to both the people who make them and the environment.

Spirare Surfboards explores innovative surfboard design using alternative materials and methods to make highly functional pieces of fine art that emphasize green design and sustainable construction.

Surfboards are the ultimate combination of form and function. Compound curves mingle together to create an elegant form in which the user rides a wave.

Intrinsic patterns and inlays compliment the surfboard's form to link deeper thoughts and feelings into each board.

Spirare Surfboards are made with a conscientious approach to both the surfboard as a functional device and to sustainable design. Whether boards are shaped from foam, wood, or a composite combination of both, Spirare strives to use the most eco-friendly materials and methods available without compromising on performance.


Kevin Cunningham is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor of Architecture as well as a degree in Fine Arts. He began shaping in 2003 and has exhibited surfboards in galleries and museums around New England. He is the recipient of the 2008 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Design for his work to develop progressive Green surfboards as well as the 2010 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Professional Artist Development Grant.

Spirare Surfboards website: http://www.spiraresurfboards.com/


Call for Member Art!

To make art, sometimes we just need to believe in ourselves and begin!

  • Do you love the ocean?

  • Do you believe in Surfrider's mission?

  • Have you ever taken a photograph at the beach of something that inspired you?

  • Do you dabble with paints during the weekend?

  • Have you ever dreamed of describing yourself as "an artist"?

  • Is the last time you made art too long ago to remember (maybe elementary school?)?

If you answered yes to ANY of these questions... or even if you have yet to.... then we would love to have you donate a piece of art for our RIPPLE Member Silent Art Auction!! This is always a fun part of our fundraiser so we hope you will be a part of it!!! All artwork donated will be displayed and available for purchase as part of our fundraiser. If you are interested in learning more, please email dcchapter@surfrider.org

The DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be celebrating International Surfing Day by holding an art show fundraiser (Ripple: Art Affecting Oceans) at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in South East DC. It's a celebration of art and the ocean, featuring art, music, wine and beer, food, and a silent auction. Proceeds will go directly to Surfrider Foundation's DC Chapter to help keep our waters clean.