Say what you will about groms (always under foot, clogging up the beach and surf, etc.), but they are our future and we love to see them in the club. Whether it’s at the Family picnic, the menehune event at the Big Chill Out or at our monthly meeting, they’re a welcome addition and a constant reminder that surfing is something special that should be shared. The April Club meeting featured two presentations by some of our younger members and their love of the ocean was crystal clear.
Sascha, a P-town based second grader, received a special accommodation from the Club for her essay on Oceans. Sascha waxed poetic on the special characteristics of the ocean and why Big Blue means so much to her. On behalf of the club, Izzy Szczepaniak presented Sascha with a certificate and one week tuition for Surf Camp Pacifica. You can read her essay and see her accompanying artwork in this post.
Also at the April meeting, Club member Clayton Tallman presented on the water quality history of our beloved Linda Mar. By analyzing and synthesizing the County’s data on bacteria, namely E-Coli, Clayton reported the E-Coli bacterium was higher at San Pedro Creek than any other section of the beach. Clayton also noted bacterium levels were highest in October, November and December as an increase in rainfall was likely washing all the garbage in our streets and gutters into the creek. Further support can be found in the fact that the creek showed no signs of pollution just ½ mile east in San Pedro Park. Clayton’s report can is also be seen in this post.