SURF MOVIE NIGHT XII AT GUILD HALL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6  DRAWS ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS CROWD OF FRIENDS IN SUPPORT OF CLEAN WATER AND BEACH ACCESS!
Surf Movie Night was a great success with hundreds of locals and visitors attending and 38 people becoming new members of the Surfrider Foundation. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Chapter’s Blue Water Task Force water quality-monitoring program done in conjunction with the Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

SURF MOVIE NIGHT XII highlighted the NYSEA’s new surf thriller “EMPIRE NOW” featuring Long Island’s best surfers shredding waves from NYC to Montauk.   Local surfers Kurt Rist, Dylan Stott and NYSEA’s Will Skudin were in attendance at the event.  Also featured was Reef’s “DE PASSAGE” and live acoustic groove rock by local surfer musicians and long-time Surfrider supporters JETTYKOON.

The night boasted over $3,000 in raffle prizes donated by a generous and dedicated group of supporters including: CHANNEL ISLANDS SURFBOARDS, MAIN BEACH SURF SHOP, 7S SURFBOARDS, AIR AND SPEED, SUNRISE TO SUNSET, ED GERBINO, MANDELA YOGA, HAMPTONS HEALTH CONCIERGE, PROVISIONS, SHOE INN, SMOKIN WOLF, MERCADO RESTAURANT, CONCA D’ORO, BAGEL BUOY, AMAGANSETT WINES, DOMAINE FRANEY WINES, AMAGANSETT BEACH & BICYCLE, INDIAN WELLS TAVERN, MEETING HOUSE RESTAURANT, AMAGANSETT HARDWARE, LEXINGTON COMPANY, ARTIST HILARY LEFF, JACK ROGERS, SAVE MY BAG, KURT RIST, ANATOMIE, MALOLOCANOESURF, JACK’S, RIP CURL, FLYING POINT SURF SHOP, SOLE EAST, NATURALLY GOOD, JOHN RIST, JETTYKOON, THE MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE.

The chapter extends special thanks to:  Will Skudin, Kurt Rist, NYSEA, Reef, Jettykoon (including Thomas Muse, Bill Lucey and Matty Liot), Joe Brondo, John Kowalenko, Vinny McGann, Marilyn Levine, Shelly Bredau and Empire Now’s local surf stars: Kurt Rist, Charlie Weimar, Ryan Saboe, Trip Patterson, Nick and Jesse Joeckel, Leif Engstrom, Zack and Ethan Dayton, Tyler Maguire, Pat Havlik, Austin Eckhart and Travis Beckmann

Surf Movie Night was started by Michael Halsband in 2003 and featured his internationally award-winning  “Surf Movie Reels 1-14”.

BLUE WATER TASK FORCE WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM

Surf Movie Night supports our volunteer-run Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) water testing, education and advocacy program.  Our chapter uses this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.

The BWTF has also precipitated the establishment of state and local government water quality monitoring programs in many communities and continues to fill in data gaps, improving the public’s knowledge of the safety of their beach water.  BWTF water testing programs measure bacteria levels at both marine and freshwater beaches and compare them to federal water quality standards established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.
The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Concerned Citizens of Montauk have joined forces to initiate water quality testing at some of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches on Eastern Long Island.
Chapter activist Mara Dias noted “The water testing lab in Montauk has been and will continue to be a great community resource, providing valuable information on the cleanliness of our beach water and opportunities for our members to participate in a citizen science program”.
Water quality results are available for public view on the Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force web site (http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/37 ).  A link to the test results is also posted on both CCOM’s (http://www.Preservemontauk.org/ ) and the ELI Chapter’s websites (http://easternli.surfrider.org/programs/ ).
VOLUNTEERS

The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter relies entirely on volunteers to fulfill its mission of the protection and enjoyment of our local ocean, waves and beaches.  Those interested in getting involved in many of our exciting programs and campaigns should contact chapter co-chairs Mike Bottini and Juliana Duryea chair@easternli.surfrider.org.