Posted by: Graeme Thickins | June 13, 2010

Less Than a Week to Our Big “ISD” Event!

Next Saturday is the big day in Duluth for our chapter’s biggest event ever (by far!), and we’re hoping everyone can make it.  Tell all your friends, and we hope to see you on Saturday June 19, or Sunday June 20.  Hey, show up for the raffle prizes alone — they are killer!!

Here’s a screenshot of the “social media news release” we sent out earlier this week.  Click on the image to go to that page to get ALL the details!  And be sure to tweet about it and/or go to our Facebook fan page or event page and post your comment and “likes” — the links for all those are within the release.

Click on the image for all the event details!

Posted by: Graeme Thickins | January 18, 2010

Our ‘International Surfing Day’ Event – June 19th!

Save the date, and, for more details as they are announced in coming weeks and months, click “Attending” here on our Facebook event page!  There, you can also “Share” the event with your networks, and/or invite others. Hats off to Matt Pensyl (our secret weapon from San Diego) for launching the Facebook page — and for leading the charge to organize what’s stacking up to be a really cool, fun event!

Posted by: Graeme Thickins | January 18, 2010

Check Out Scuba Center, Our Latest ‘Partner’

Thanks to our members Matt Pensyl and Stefan Ronchetti, we’ve connected with local dive and boarding retailer Scuba Center, which has shops in both South Minneapolis and Eagan. Scuba Center is very much into environmental awareness.
“Look for Surfrider information in their shop soon, and you’ll see their info at our ‘International Surfing Day’ (ISD) event on June 19th. Scuba Center is a great resource for you water lovers,” says Matt. In addition to a complete inventory of scuba diving and snorkeling equipment, Scuba Center has been teaching scuba diving certification classes for more than 35 years. It was Minnesota’s first PADI 5-Star Training Facility and has grown to become the state’s largest scuba school and dive shop.  Great to be connected, Scuba Center!
Posted by: Graeme Thickins | December 16, 2009

We’re Tabling at the Mason Jennings Concert Saturday Night!

Thanks to the tireless efforts ot Matt Pensyl, we’ve been given the green light to table at the Mason Jennings Concert this Saturday, 12/19/09, at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. As you may know, Mason tours with Jack Johnson, and is on Jack’s record label, Brushfire Records.

Matt Pensyl will be in attendance Saturday, but we are in need of one or two more volunteers to man the table and help tell people about Surfrider’s mission and programs.  Doors open at 6:00, and volunteers should arrive around 5:00 to set up. Hey, don’t forget to wear your Surfrider or Coldwater Surf Fest tee!

If you’re interested, email Matt (surfnsnow70 at yahoo dot com), or call his cell, 763-656-9351. You can also contact our chapter chair, Stefan Ronchetti, by email (stefanronchetti at gmail dot com), or via cell phone at 651-332-4607.

Or, if you just want to buy tickets and show up at your convenience, you can do so online, right here at the Mason Jennings Tour page.  Join us for great music and a good time!

Posted by: Graeme Thickins | November 8, 2009

Matt Pensyl’s Pix from ‘Surf Night at the Hex’

Here are some shots Matt grabbed with his phone at the Hexagon bar last night, Saturday, November 7.  See his comment to the last post — sounds like things went great!






Posted by: Graeme Thickins | November 7, 2009

Surf Night at the Hex – Tonight, Nov 7!

BigSurfBand-logoAs our fave instrumental surf music band, the Twin Cities-based Big Surf Band, says in their promo email about tonight’s event: “10,000 Lakes, Good Surf!”

Join us at the Hexagon Bar (2600 27th Ave S in Mpls) tonight from 9:30 on. These guys are hot — heck, they’ve even opened for Dick Dale and the Deltones!  They go on to say:

“This Saturday, Surf Night at the Hex will have some real Gitche Gumee surf, with music from Duluth’s Fractals (members of the Hoot Owls) and *real, authentic MN surfers* in attendance — members of the MN-Superior chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.” 🙂

“We’ll also intiate you into the Mystic Order of Reverb and Twang, with M.O.R.T and their fez surf rock.  DJ Rock the Monkey will make their triumphant return, bringing hot wax treasures and the familiar waves of Big Surf will crash over you.  The door is free, the drinks are cheap, and the surf is rockin’ — so come out to Surf Night at the Hex, Saturday, November 7th!”

This is a recurring monthly event.  Tonight, our own Matt Pensyl will be there, with a table set up to spread the good word about the Surfrider Foundation. Come have some fun, and hear some really great sounds! BigSurfBand-stage

Posted by: Graeme Thickins | November 2, 2009

We Got a Patagonia Grant!

Patagonia-logoThe MN-Superior chapter of Surfrider Foundation is proud to announce we’ve received a $1000 grant from the Patagonia store in St.Paul to use to advance our mission and programs. Several members and their families gathered at the store around midday on Saturday (Halloween!) for the awards ceremony.  (See our previous post for further info about this Patagonia program.)


Chapter chair Stefan Ronchetti (at right in photo) accepted the award, and plans to scan the document so we can post it on our web site. We’ll use the grant to help fund some of our initiatives locally, including helping to advance Surfrider’s “Rise Above Plastics” national initiative.

Here’s a shot of me with Ellen, the manager of Patagonia’s St. Paul store.  Graeme-EllenWe’re really lucky to have a store here in Minnesota! And we want to sincerely thank Ellen and her crew, as well as the entire Patagonia organization, for supporting the mission of environmental organizations like ours. We also have to remember to thank our now-relocated member Dr. Jim Perry  (he just moved to San Diego) for taking the time to apply for this Patagonia grant. He’d been through the process once before, with the Connecticut chapter, where he helped that group get off the ground.  Jim, thank you — we couldn’t have launched our MN-Superior Chapter without you!  And we hope you’re enjoying the great (warm) waves out in North County right now…

And I just can’t end this post without including this great shot of Stefan, Ryan Patin, and Sean McNally after we received our grant. Ryan brought his laptop and showed us some awesome footage of them surfing at Stoney Point in epic wave conditions, about three weeks ago — along with several other of our local and Duluth-area surfing friends. Ryan’s friend Dana shot this extended video, and I’ll be sure to post links to some clips when I get them. Ryan, Stefan, and their ladies are headed out to Southern California later this week, to camp at San Clemente State Park and surf at San Onofre. Have fun, guys!


Posted by: Graeme Thickins | October 14, 2009

Saturday Surf Music Happy Hour – October 17th!

We’re joining our friends Big Surf Band this Saturday at one of their regular appearances around the Twin Cities. These guys are the biggest name in the local surf music scene (yes, we have lots of such bands in our town!) — check ’em out on the web at and BigSurfBandSeveral of our members will be on hand with information about Surfrider Foundation, to help spread the word about our mission and programs to a whole new group of folks.

Everyone is welcome — come hang out, and bring your friends!

This will actually be the first time Big Surf Band has played at this particular venue: it’s JJ’s Dry Dock at 401 N. 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN (map), and Happy Hour is 5:00 to 9:00 pm. JJ’s is a music destination, a post-Dome game destination, and a food destination, and Big Surf Band tells us they’re doing up a special “surf menu” with Surf N Turf and Fish Tacos in honor of the band’s first appearance there — and their first one with the Surfrider Foundation MN-Superior Chapter in attendance, too!

Big Surf Band would like to show JJ’s the great surf scene we have going here in Minnesota, so come out for a surf supper and the soothing sounds of Big Surf!  We look forward to a good time, and meeting lots of new people….

Here’s the news release, just out.  Check out the great new video on that page that was produced about Surfrider for use in this campaign. FilterForGood-logos

Posted by: Graeme Thickins | September 26, 2009

Please Stop Into the Patagonia Store in St. Paul and Vote for Us!

Patagonia-logoGreat news! Our chapter is one of three local local environmental groups that have been chosen to be part of the St. Paul Patagonia Store’s “Voice Your Choice” program. Please stop in — 1648 Grand Avenue, just off Snelling near the Macalester campus — and vote for us! If we get the most votes, we will be awarded $2500 by Patagonia to go toward our chapter programs and events. PatagoniaStPaul-store

What’s “Voice Your Choice” all about? Here’s how our local store describes it on their Facebook page:

“Put Patagonia’s money where your mouth is! Cast your ballot in our second annual ‘Voice Your Choice’ campaign and help Patagonia St. Paul decide how we should distribute $5000 in grant money to three local environmental organizations.

By the way, you can “fan” that Facebook page here. And you can also follow them on Twitter at @PatagoniaStPaul.

We were honored to be invited by our local store to be part of this program!  It gives us the opportunity to win one of three possible grants: $2500, $1500, and $1000. Our part of the program entails committing to manning a display table in the St. Paul store on two days during September-October to distribute information, and encouraging as many votes as possible by talking to customers and inviting our friends to stop by the store. So, please drop into the store and vote, as many times as you can ! (One vote per visit.)

Some of our members manned our table in the store today — Saturday, September 26 — and they will be again on October 17. All MN-Superior Chapter members and interested volunteers are invited to come and join some of our chapter officers that day, check out our display, and stay as long as you like!   Also, please tell all your friends to visit the store anytime over the next few weeks (not just on October 17), explore this really great Patagonia store, and vote for Surfrider MN-Superior!

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