The battle for the preservation of unspoiled coastline is a historical tradition in and around many parts of the United States. But nowhere has this battle been waged more fervently than in California, where a host of laws and regulatory commissions have been established to protect the Golden State’s vast coastal treasures. While this is true, these measures have consistently been on the losing end of an epic struggle between commercial development and the protection of our natural environment.
Today, Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota Coast stands as the line in the sand against the continued assault on southern California’s coastal open spaces. Its defense has reached a fever pitch in this, the birthplace of the modern environmental movement. How the future of the Gaviota Coast unfolds is largely up to us.
On Thursday, December 6th from 5-9pm, join coastal advocates as they continue raising awareness and critical funds to ensure the preservation of ‘Gaviota: The End of Southern California,’ in a night of Art, Music and Film at the Arlington Theatre. The event will focus on the many efforts now underway to protect the area’s wealth of open space and oceanic biodiversity.
International surfer and Santa Barbara resident Shaun Tomson will emcee the event with assistance from the Santa Barbara Middle School Surf Team. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Arlington Theater box office. A $15 purchase goes directly towards the efforts of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy and gets you the following:
- Pre-event reception featuring Carr Winery and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co (5-7pm)
- Live art and photography exhibit as part of Santa Barbara Downtown Association’s 1st Thursday Art Walk. Featured local artists include Erin Feinblatt, Robert Heeley, Kizzy O’neal, Kristi Curtis, Chris Potter, Peggy Oki, Lindsey Mickelson and Shaw Leonard (5-7pm)
- Live music by surprise guests (6-7pm)
- AWARD-WINNING FILM MINDS IN THE WATER (7-8:30pm)
- Access to a raffle by event sponsors, including Santa Barbara Outfitters, Brushfire Records, Channel Island Surfboards, Ellwood Canyon Farms, Bill Dewey Photography, A-Frame Surf Shop, Arbor, Leatherman, Santa Barbara Middle School Surf Team, JaYa and Lotusland.
The evening’s main event features MINDS IN THE WATER: The Journey from Surfer to Activist. Minds has been called “Truly inspiring” by Surfer Magazine and “An epic tale, beautifully and brilliantly directed” by Huffington Post. Directed and produced by Justin Krumb and Jonny Vasic, Minds is a feature-length documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales and the oceans they all share.Through Dave’s journey, a five-year adventure spanning the globe from Australia to the Galapagos, Tonga, California, Alaska and Japan, we see one person’s transformation from observer to activist in his quest to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants.
To win tickets to this special event:
Facebook: On LoaTree’s Facebook wall, tell us why you care about the coast.
Twitter: Tweet a message to LoaTree telling us why you care about the coast. Make sure to tweet @loatree #loaliving.
Instagram: Upload a coastal/ocean related picture as #loaliving
* One pair of tickets will be given away each day until the event. Winners will be contacted by LoaTree on a daily basis until Thursday, Dec. 6th at 10am.
By Eric Cárdenas, LoaTree. Live for a Better World.