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December 11, 2012

High School Student Get Together for a Beach Clean Up and Friendly Surf Contest at Their Local MPA!

By Diane Castañeda

This past Saturday, December 8, WiLDCOAST helped organize and lead a beach clean up and surf contest with the surf teams from Coronado, Mar Vista and Eastlake High Schools.  The location was at Border Field State Park, which is adjacent to the newly establish Tijuana River Mouth Marine Protected Area (MPA). 

Twenty-five students from the surf clubs and teams of all three schools got together to compete in a friendly surf contest at Border Field State Park, located at the U.S./Mexico border. Most of the students had never been to the beach before or heard of the marine protected area.  Before the surf contest started, students equipped with buckets and gloves combed the beach for plastic, Styrofoam, and other pieces of ocean-bound trash, that could pose threats to the marine protected area and its sensitive coastal and marine ecosystem.  WiLDCOAST worked to impart on the students the environmental stewardship ethic that goes hand-in-hand with surfing and other forms of ocean recreation.

The event started at 7 am and ended around 1 pm, with great weather conditions, good waves, a fun atmosphere and a pod of dolphins joining the fun through out the day. 

The Tijuana River Mouth is one of 11 new MPAs in San Diego that were established on January 1, 2012.  Some of the goals of the MPAs are to protect natural habitat and increase recreational enjoyment in these areas, just like an underwater park. 

Special thanks to Mar Vista HS surf team, Coronado HS surf team, Eastlake HS surf club, coaches, parents, judges and Mike Martino from California State Parks, for helping organize and carry-out this wonderful event! 

To view photos from the event, please visit out Flickr album by clicking here.