8 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to JONATHAN OLDHAM: Mayor

Surfing Outside the Flags in Harvey Cedars

[If you live or vacation in Harvey Cedars please indicate that in the notes section.] We request that Harvey Cedars remove the restriction and allow surfing outside of the designated swimming areas during guarded hours.  We acknowledge that surfers would be surfing at their own risk. At this point, every mayor in every municipality on Long Beach Island besides Harvey Cedars has listened to the advice of their senior lifeguard and decided that surfing outside the flags during guarded hours is perfectly fine. To arrive at this decision, they analyzed 10 years of data and facts from Ship Bottom and other areas regarding ocean safety and liability issues and found that it simply has had no ill effects.  I think we can all agree that if surfing outside the flags had any negative impact on these municipalities that the mayors would have had to ban it -- and they haven't. We are asking Mayor Oldham to please speak with his LBI counterparts regarding this issue so he can inform the Harvey Cedars surfing community as to any issues he uncovers that would preclude him from removing this restriction in Harvey Cedars.  We need to look to neighboring municipalities because that is where the data resides. Harvey Cedars has little or no empirical data on this. While our guards are probably the best on the island, they don't have extensive first hand experience guarding beaches with outside the flag surfers.  According to Thomas Smith, the senior lifeguard lieutenant in Ship Bottom, "We allow surfing outside the swimming areas on our beaches and have done so for over 10 years with no problems". There can be no stronger argument.  The current unofficial rule in Harvey Cedars seems to be (although it's kind of secret and no one is sure of this) that when conditions are "good",  that the guards will let you surf. I have been surfing twice this week and was called out at 10:03 am while I was surfing what I call "good" waves.  And that was with no swimmers in the water or people on the beach. The definition of what is  "good" is one thing if you are a parent trying to teach your 10 year old how to surf versus if you are an advanced surfer. So I think most reasonable fact based people would conclude that a daily call on what is "good"  has not worked and can't possibly work. The end result is no one surfs during guarded hours even on an average rideable day because they are tired of being rejected on a regular basis (speaking from personal experience). Positive safety aspects include relieving the crowded and therefore unsafe conditions at Hudson, Harvey Cedars' only surfing beach. In addition, it is well-documented that surfers frequently assist in water rescues in hazardous conditions. Surfing is a healthy, multi-generational family activity and it is practiced on an increasing basis yearly. This is a great way to maximize the public's use of the beach and surf zone and acknowledge over a century of wave-riding tradition on the NJ coast. Surf City surfers started a similar petition in June of this year and it very quickly had over 1,000 signatures. It was delivered to Mayor Hodgson and Surf City approved surfing outside the flags in time for the summer 2017 season.

Mike Kramer
2,994 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Cuban Athletics Federation, Cuban Olympic Committee, National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation in Cuba

Legitimize Surfing in Cuba

Today, surfing is not a legal sport in Cuba. A group of dedicated athletes on the island has dreamt of changing this for their entire lives. With sweeping political changes on the island, and the introduction of surfing to the 2020 Olympics, these surfers hope their chance to prove surfing is a true sport has arrived.  This petition is the first step towards their dream of surfing without restriction, both at home and on the world stage    BACKSTORY:  In Cuba, unless activities are explicitly stated as legal, they fall under an enforceable category of “not legal”. Ever since it originated on the island, surfing has lived inside that zone of illegality. For the past several years, a case to legitimize the sport has been building under the leadership of Yaya Gurrero, who is known on the island for spreading the sport to empower women on the island. The group aims to demonstrate that not only is surfing respected worldwide, but there is a rich history of the sport in their own country, and there is cultural and economic value in being granted permission to pursue the sport freely.   GOAL: Many people in Cuba don’t know what surfing is, and many more don’t believe there are even waves in the country to support it. The main battle for the Cuban's is against this lack of knowledge - to prove to the people and the government that surfing is a viable sport. This petition's purpose is to showcase solidarity within the sporting community, and arm the surfers with undeniable proof of the global support for their mission.  As a legitimate sport on the island, Cubans will be able to compete internationally, import surf supplies and most importantly form an official organization capable of advocating for the needs of surfers and ocean health around the island.   MORE INFORMATION AND THE COMPLETE STORY: Online, this campaign is being organized by Makewild, a group of filmmakers from Maine who befriended many of the Cuban surfers when US/Cuban relations began to open. Over the course of 2 years a film and friendship grew and as friends, Yaya and her group have asked for global support in the endeavor. This petition became the first stage. Outside support of this petition doesn’t guarantee the acceptance of the sport in Cuba, but hopes to provide momentum and scale for a presentation that could shape surfing's future for generations to come. > For press inquiries (or any inquiries) please e-mail:  > Visit to learn about the film. > Visit Instagram to further assist and follow this project. Join the growing crowd of supporters: sign the petition and share it with all the surfers and athletes in your life. Use #surflibre so we can track the campaign's spread. Thanks!

2,853 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to

Save Our Oceans Coral And Reef

Our oceans coral and reef have several issues that can and will effect each and every human on earth. Below is a list of the top 5 issues; Problem #1: Rising water temperatures is causing mass coral bleaching! This happens when the coral is stressed. When stressed the reef expels the symbiotic algae that gives the coral its nutrients and brilliant color, (Without this algae the coral dies) thus leaving the reef white, starving and eventually dead. This bleaching in the past happened only about every 10 years or so which was a cycle of life but has now become a much more regular occurrence further threatening the reefs existence. Problem #2: Runoffs are fertilizing algae which further upsets the reefs ecosystem by making the algae grow fast and ultimately smothering the coral and reef. Problem #3: Overfishing is removing the reef grazers that keeps the reefs algae in check from overgrowing and ultimately smothering the coral and reef. Problem #4: Ocean acidification is destroying the existing reefs and also affecting the reefs ability to produce new colonies. The ocean should have a Ph of around 8.2 near the surface. Its now between 8.1 and 8.0 and is predicted to be at 7.8 by 2100 which would kill all or most of the worlds reef. Problem #5: 25-30% of the worlds coral/reef are seriously degraded or already dead while 25% of all species in the ocean spend at least part of their lives in the coral/reef's ecosystem. Given that fact keep in mind that reefs cover only 1/10th of 1% of the ocean floor. In short, if we loose our oceans coral and reef our oceans whole way of life as we know it will collapse. The solution to this huge problem is Pirate's Coral, a non profit for public benefit entity. Pirate's Coral plants environmentally safe sanctuaries in coral stressed areas throughout the world. Pirate's Corals sanctuaries have stable healthy coral growing on them from the day the sanctuary is planted. This creates the immediate growth boost the ocean needs to quickly start producing new colonies at 20+ times the growth rates that are seen in nature alone. In addition Pirate's Coral also monitors all of its existing sanctuaries to gauge what native species of coral does best on the actual reef, thus assuring all of Pirate's Coral sanctuaries are successful. Each of Pirate's Coral sanctuaries consists of a stripped and environmentally cleaned metal ship, (Between 100-200 feet long) which has been modified to support an ideal reef ecosystem. These sanctuaries are re-enforced with environmentally safe materials to promote coral growth and to establish new reef colonies within the sanctuary. Pirate's Coral sanctuaries will also be an attraction for recreational divers. For more detailed information visit Pirate's Coral at

Chad Strader
299 supporters