Environmental Integrity and Ocean Awareness with ZSS and the Tiger Woods Learning Center

Students from the Tiger Woods Learning Center’s Environmental Integrity Class hit the surf to learn more about the ocean and how to keep it clean.
June 7th, 2008
Seal Beach, California

We all see the trash on our streets, plastic bags stuck in bushes and candy wrappers headed for the storm drains. Eventually all of this disappears from our sight, but where does it go? Students from the Environmental Integrity class at the Tiger Woods Learning Center wanted to find out.

It was a day with true hands-on experience and emersion, where both jr. high and high school students from the class taught by Chris Carr were introduced to the North Pacific Gyre and it’s swirling vortex of plastic before they jumped into the waves of Seal Beach to learn how to surf.

The day began with an orientation to the beach and observing the surroundings; wave size, currents, wind, piers and jetties. The goal of Zuma Surf & Swim Training is to not only teach kids how to stand up on a surfboard, but to give them knowledge about how to safely swim in the ocean and to become aware of their surroundings.

Michael White followed with a presentation on the flow of trash from our cities and how it ends up in the ocean, and specifically, the North Pacific Gyre. With pieces of plastic ranging from lighters to footballs that had been collected on research trips by the Algalita, the students were able to see first hand the trash that had been collected 1000’s of miles out in the ocean. It all looked too familiar! It become obvious where this trash came from and the discussion that followed focused on how we can all help to clean it up.

But enough talk...let’s get in the water! After a rundown on ocean swimming safety and a few practices standing up on the surfboards, everyone jumped in. There were some fantastic rides all the way to the beach and a few wipeouts! It was the first time surfing for all of the students, and everyone did an incredible job.

As the students walked down the beach back to their towels, we all grabbed some trash and “put it in it’s place.”

This event was put on in coordination with Kalim Rayburn at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Kai & Brett Sanson of Zuma Surf & Swim Training based in Santa Monica, The Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Micheal White at tiipp.net, with surfboards for the kids provided by INT Softboards.

Special thanks to Asia Lecureuil for taking the photos, to INT Softboards for providing the surfboards, and to Sarai Grenell, KC Blinn, Jenny Ludwig, Ana Beauchamp and Josette Olivera for helping the kids catch their first waves.

For more information on this event or inquiries about future educational events, please contact Kai Sanson at (949) 742-1086. kai@zsstraining.com

Mr. Rob Bruce is at it again.

Zuma Surf & Swim friend, self-proclaimed body surfer extraordinaire, and incredible film maker Rob Bruce's new project with Red Bull surfing will be airing on Fuel TV this Thursday at 8pm.

This surf film called "Inside" was filmed in Tahiti with some of the worlds best big wave surfers wearing a new, super high tech camera while getting insanely barreled at Teahupo'o. The camera shoots complete 360 degrees to it allows the viewer to see everything that is going on as these guys are riding in the barrel....it is incredible, check it out!!!!

Thursday night at 8pm on fuel TV
Also on...

If you are going to party..."Party with a Cause". It's the White Party 2008 to benefit Heal the Bay

Zuma Surf & Swim Training has teamed up with the folks at Party with a Cause to raise money for Heal the Bay by donating private surf lesson at the exclusive Pt. Dume beach.

This event is sure to be a good time...and the best part, the proceeds go to the great people at Heal the Bay who are dedicating their lives to keeping our bay clean. To show your support you can purchase tickets to this event and bid in the silent auction for tons of local activities.

Lisa who is organizing the event just made some $50 tix available but it was limited to the first 50 people to purchase. Details.."We are thrilled to have received a large donation from a big supporter of Heal the Bay (who has asked to remain anonymous). We have decided to apply this donation to discount 50 event tickets -- 2 guests may attend for the price of 1 ticket.

Please follow these directions to complete your purchase:

Go to:
"Select number of tickets": leave the number selected as "1" if you want 2 tickets, or select "2" if you want 4 tickets, and so on...
"Names of guests you are buying tickets for": Include the names of all the guests to be placed on the guest list

We are very excited to be able to extend this promotion to you, and hope it will enable you to attend. Please note that this will only apply for the first 50 guests that complete their purchase.

ZSS Sweet new products -- Olympus Stylus 770SW 7.1MP & 1030SW 10.1MP

If anyone is looking for a new digital camera, or a waterproof camera to take snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing, this is the one. We have the Stylus 770SW which we love for killer underwater shots. We went to Tahiti and you can just put it in your pocket and take it out kayaking or snorkeling and bust it out when you want the shot. No worries about getting it wet, just don't drop it in deep water. But...you can drop it when your out at the bar, as it is supposed to withstand drops of 6 feet.

The 770sw just went on sale at Amazon because they just introduced the 10MP one. If you need the extra MP, then go for that one, otherwise, just get the 770.

Here are some photos and video taken from ours. Hope the vid works...let's try it.