MBAC will be closed November 19-26 for Thanksgiving Break. Read More
As a result of the difficult economic climate, hunger is at an all time high in San Diego. In response, the 74,000 students, staff and faculty of SDSU, UCSD, CSUSM, and PLNU are doing their part to help feed the community by participating in the Colleges Rock Hunger contest Oct. 5 – 28, hosted by the San Diego Food Bank. Each university is competing to see which campus community can collect the most food donations to kick off the SD Food Bank Holiday Drive.
A new surfing centric movie is slated to come out later this month that tells the true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty and his quest to conquer some of the world’s largest waves. Chasing Mavericks tells the story of a then 15 year old Jay, as he discovers the incredible Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, and enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.
Judging from the trailer the film is sure to include plenty of surfing cliches and Hollywood cheesiness, however, Jay’s story is a surf legend and should provide for some great entertainment if done well. According to the film’s website, the movie was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.
If anything, the story should generate an interest in surfing in general and may inspire many new surfers to charge the waves.
Chasing Mavericks comes out on October 26 to a theater near you.
The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is pleased to announce the hiring of former Lead Surfing Instructor Justin Baar as the MBAC Instructional Supervisor. Justin will oversee the day to day instructional activities at MBAC and will serve as the primary supervisor of MBAC instructional staff. His responsibilities also include developing curriculum for all MBAC instructional classes, purchasing equipment, and exploring new class offerings for MBAC.
Justin’s employment at MBAC began 7 years ago when he started as a surf instructor while studying art at SDSU. Since that time he has filled several roles at MBAC including working as a camp counselor, serving as a camp lead, assisting with marketing, and serving as Lead Surfing Instructor. His enthusiasm for the activities at MBAC and his creative mindset is a great asset to MBAC programming. Participation in surfing programs at MBAC has exploded under his leadership.
:Neal Kerr has been appointed as the new Lead Surfing Instructor.
Justin’s new assignment began in mid-September and he is already hard at work in his new role. Justin can be reached by email at [email protected]
Mission Possible: Clean the Bay was developed to help protect the marine habitat and wildlife while encouraging people to get out and enjoy our water. We all know that it is important to our local businesses and tourism, supporting boating, swimming, and fishing activities year round. Our boating and paddling communities are some of the groups most impacted by the presence of marine debris, so they’d love your help. The event will start at 8:00 a.m from South Shores Park and run until 11am. Participants are encouraged to bring their own boats, kayaks or paddleboards to help with the effort on the water. For those not bringing watercraft, shoreline help is welcome, too! San Diego Coastkeeper will be providing all cleanup materials and SeaWorld has generously provided prizes for participants. Following the event from 11am-noon, they will tally the trash count, distribute prizes and have food for participants from Rubios! San Diego Coastkeeper is looking forward to a great day keeping our waterways and beaches clean and hope to see you out there! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to [email protected] or call 619-758-7743 x 131 for more information.
Saturday, September 15th is Coastal Clean Up Day and I Love a Clean San Diego is seeking volunteers to participate in beach clean ups at 85 sites in San Diego. Please help pitch in to the effort by volunteering to help! Read More