Haleiwa, Oahu – For the past four years, Rerip has presented “The Future of Surfing” fund-raising event and surfboard swap, designed to advance sustainability in surfing while giving back to the community.  Rerip is pleased to announce “The Future of Surfing” fundraiser, co-hosted by the Yoganics yoga studio and benefiting the Ocean Girl Project Hawaii, will be  held in Haleiwa, HI.

The event is being held  May 21 2011 in the Yoganics back parking lot located at: 66-145 Kamehameha Haleiwa, Hawaii.

All attendees who donate a used but rideable surfboard receive a coupon valid for product from event sponsors.  Coupons are redeemable at vendor booths for art, shoes, clothing, gear, and other products.

Donated boards will be resold at the event with proceeds benefiting the Ocean Girl Project.  Local musicians, shapers, artists, vendors and environmentally minded organizations help make the day a true community event.  Attendees will also enjoy an fashion show hosted by Yoganics Haleiwa highlighting sustainable styles and fabrics.

“As we convert to non-profit status, we have solidified our mission to advance sustainability in the surf industry with a focus on reducing waste, reusing boards and expanding community outreach. By participating in this event, locals can show their support for environmental action and programs benefitting local youth.” says Aaron Taylor, Director of Local Promotions for Rerip

About Rerip

Rerip is an organization that works towards creating accountability, measurability, and sustainability in the surf industry.  By providing the best means for the resale of equipment; offering ideas and opportunities for recycling;spearheading Cradle to Cradle® practices; and giving back to the community through education and fundraising; is dedicated to finding new ways to reduce waste and harmful practices.

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Beach Clean Up Sat April 2nd Join Us!

Ocean Girl Project- Beach Clean UP

posted: Mar 31, 2011 7:52 AM HST Updated: Mar 31, 2011 8:12 AM HST


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HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) – In honor of Earth Day, Ocean Girl Project Sustainable Surf Camp for girls is organizing a beach clean up on Saturday April 2nd 2011 at Kaupo Beach near Makapu’u. MAP LINK

You drive past the entrance to Makapu’u -turn  right into the 1st driveway, at the fork, turn left towards the pier.  Or you can park under the wind sox. It is almost across the street from Sea Life park, we will tents and OCEAN GIRL PROJECT surfboards and signs out.

Following the beach clean-up there will be a terrific sustainable presentation by Reef Watch Waikiki about our island reefs and a representative from Surfrider will talk about the plastic bag ban.  Great for kids and adults!

The Beach Clean-up will begin around 9:00 am with a short talk about Ocean Girl Project, beach cleaning safety tips, why plastic ocean debris is hurting our ocean, and a short lesson on separating recyclable material from rubbish. The beach clean-up at about 11:30am. From about 12pm – 1pm there will be sustainable ocean presentations.

This event is for all ages and everyone is invited, bring your groups, class mates, neighbors, friends and family. Ocean Girl Project will be providing gloves, burlap bags, buckets, and drinks. There will also be Ocean Girl Project organic after sun products and recycled-sustainable items made by their volunteers for sale.

See video HERE

Beach Clean-up

Date: Saturday, April 2

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Kaupo Beach just past Makapu’u


Ocean Girl Project Sustainable Surf Day Camp

Who: Girls ages 09-16

Next Camps: Summer 2011

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Location: Waikiki beaches

Price: Financial Aid available


For information on the Ocean Girl Project surf camps, beach clean-up and how to donate click HERE .

Click HERE to connect with the Ocean Girl Project on Facebook.

Click HERE to connect with Malika Dudley on Facebook.

Surf Camp Day 5 Graduation!

Saying Aloha for now..

Laughter, smiles, tears, ocean, Hawaiian style goodies, sustainability and ohana, all part of what Ocean Girl Project is all about! Oh and all kines of surfing!!!!

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Surf Camp days 2-4

Mahalo to all our sponsors!!

We spent the second day surfing near bowls. Some of the surfer girls were rippers, some intermediate and some first timers. Thanks to Pro Surfer Nancy Emerson’s School of Surfing for donating use of the boards, all the girls were safe and did outstanding.

I got a picture of Donna!!

Beautiful pictures done by Donna Welch Photography and in da water photos by Ryo, outstanding work, mahalo again for all your hard work Donna.

The third day was learning stand up paddling and a cool introduction to canoe paddling, plus we played a lot in the ocean.

Colleen, our fearless leader!

Billie one of our terrific volunteers playing with the girls!

The girls LOVED the SUP demo and Jeannie came for a second sess!

Jeannie Chesser teaching SUP! Thanks Surf Tech!!

Hey, a mermaid!

Alanna and Roclynn sharing Hawaiian style canoe paddling.

What can we say, our volunteers are awesome!!!!

Leenie and Billie did this cool sustainable time line and also a circle of life demonstration, we had a terrific discussion on our sustainable responsibilities to the island, ocean and each other. Even Faryn got to join us, congrats again our fabulous official Ocean Girl Project surfing masseuse!!

Our fourth day, more reg-u-lar type surfing at the famous bowls, it got big and we let the rippers go wild, well not too wild, Auntie Colleen wouldn’t let them out to the way over head sets. We had one girl scared to death in the ocean and she rode her first wave thanks to encouragement and help from volunteer Keli Rae, it was inspiring to all of us!! Every one of the newbies rode waves, they were stoked!!!

In-between was more fun and more playing..

We had a wonderful time surfing, beach cleaning, loving, learning. singing and by the end of the week we were ohana.

more soon…Day 5

Marine Debris Art and Awareness – Free Events

Marine debris becomes art in the hands of the dedicated

By Susan Scott

The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference is being held at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort this week. Sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Environment Program, this meeting gathers international scientists, industry representatives, government managers, policymakers, private organizations and artists to come up with ways of dealing with the plastic junk plaguing our oceans. The conference is sold out, but several marine debris- related events are open to the public, and in this case, trash will be fun. Organizers have gathered ocean junk art from international artists, and Oahu children, for programs and displays.

The subject of marine debris is a gloomy one, but gathering those who can make a difference, raising public awareness and sharing ideas through art are all positive steps forward.

You can support these efforts by going to the free events sponsored by a variety of local and national groups.

Free and open to the public this week:

» Today, 7-9 p.m.: “Bag It” film at cafe/lounge/art gallery Bambu, 1144 Bethel St. (Surfrider Foundation).

» Today through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily: “The Sixth Gyre: Art, Oceans and Plastic Pollution,” on display in the Oahu Room at the Waikiki Beach Marriott.

» Through Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily: “Art and the Ocean, the Architecture of Plastic,” Marine debris art exhibition, UH-Manoa campus, School of Architecture gallery (U.N. Safe Planet Campaign).

» Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.: Reception at the above UH exhibit featuring film, speakers and entertainment.

» Friday, 4-7 p.m.: Talk by professional surfer Mary Osborne, Patagonia store, Hono­lulu

» Friday, 6-9 p.m.: “Catch the Drift” art, entertainment and educational displays, Ocean Tower lobby, Outrigger Reef on the Beach ($5 valet parking).

» The RAP party itself is not FREE>
Saturday, 6-9:30 p.m.: “Rise Above Plastics (RAP) party,” Waikiki Aquarium and Surfrider Foundation (marine debris art exhibit in lobby open all day and is free to all aquarium visitors).

Susan Scott can be reached at

Picture courtesy NOAA, marine debris on Kahoʻolawe

First Day of Camp 2010

Our first morning at surf camp was incredible, we began in a circle with a Hawaiian blessing, and ten super excited surfers.

We got all mixed up at first, which was really funny and knot easy!

After a heart pumping beach stroll, we got a terrific ocean/water safety lesson by Lifeguard Helene Phillips, assisted by our personal water patrol surf dude Dustin.  I love seeing our surfboards in the back!

The girls swam, did rescues and some had their first paddling lessons. Leia came on the atv and talked to the girls about the importance of what they were learning and how we can use this to better our confidence while surfing.

And we played a little too!



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