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Many in Coos Bay have been anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the new 7 Devil’s Brewing Co., and while many expect a proper brew pub to have a beer garden, few anticipated the environmentally responsible Ocean Friendly Beer Garden! Owners Carmen Matthews and wife Annie Pollard have strong roots within Surfrider, and beyond their dedication to crafting beer, they serve on the executive committee of their local SF chapter. When it was time to plan the stormwater management for their business, they thought of their business footprint and how they could both be stewards for clean water and demonstrate an ocean friendly garden.
Over 45 hardy and brave paddlers from stand-up boards to kayaks and outrigger canoes hit the water this past Saturday for the 3rd Annual Stand UP! For the Bay in Coos Bay. The event, hosted by the rapidly growing Coos Bay Chapter of Surfrider Foundation (now #2 in the state in membership behind PDX), was held despite the impending storm, which canceled the SOLVE Statewide Beach Cleanups for the day. This year the Surfrider Chapter partnered with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve as part of National Estuaries Day, who brought about a host of awesome activities, bolstering this year’s educational opportunities.While the weather held back the larger crowds, the hardy souls of the Coos Bay community put on their best to make this year’s Stand Up! For the Bay probably one of the best events yet, despite the stormy weather. The event helped raise nearly $2,000 for the Coos Bay Chapter’s Blue Water Scholarship Program and ongoing Blue Water Task Force Monitoring.
Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers flank participants for safety in Saturday’s stormy conditions
The luau and educational activities following the paddle event were moved to the Rock Hall, graciously offered up by the crew at Sharkbites Cafe, instead of along the boardwalk as traditionally held. Inside the hall, participants warmed up from the paddle and were fed gracious amounts of BBQ and libations while listening to rad sounds of The Dale Inskeep Band.
The Dale Inskeep Band
South Slough’s awesome educational activities and rad volunteers hosted great learning opportunities just outside the hall for kids and families to learn more about the local estuary and the importance of water quality. Educational Program Leader Tom Gaskill and Public Involvement Coordinator Deborah Rudd helped lead up the “Data Geeks” portion of the paddle, where various “themed” characters from “Mudflatt Matt” to “Eelgrass Annie” towed water quality data loggers as they paddled searching for the darkest, lightest, warmest and coldest parts of the bay. Kids were able to view the graphed data after the paddle to learn more about what affects the bay’s water quality.
Tom Gaskill of South Slough, a.k.a. “Mudflat Matt”, takes to the water
And of course the final showdown of the event was the ever-so-popular Stand Up Paddle Jousting! While the wind created a huge new element in the jousting competition, Mike Schleis retained his title defeating all of his competitors…what’s that guys secret? A few photos of the event can be found here, more to be added to that page soon!
Bay Cleanup volunteer winners!
This event would not be possible without the amazing support of the Coos Bay community, partner organizations and sponsoring businesses. We would like to give a special thanks to South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve staff and volunteers for partnering to make this year so special. Our title sponsors Waxer’s Surf Shop, Shark Bites Cafe and Hobie. Our sponsoring businesses Pepper Pappy’s BBQ, Fisherman’s Seafood Market, Walt’s Pour House, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Green Coast Plumbing and the many others who supported this event!
Stand Up! For the Bay is coming! It’s looking to be an excellent event this year! We’re partnering up with South Slough, which will likely swell our numbers! Therefore, we’re going to need a bit more manpower than we’ve had in the past. I’ve made a list of all the jobs we need filling which is available with info on how to sign up here.
- OctoberFish is a community event in support of the Charleston food bank. Open to people of all ages and walks of life, Octoberfish suggests a $1 or 3 cans of food donation for entry into the festival.
- OctoberFish celebrates Charleston culture, art, people, history, and music! Local musicians play throughout the event and local vendors share their wares. Various groups including South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife contribute educational displays for all ages.
- This event is produced by volunteers, and is sponsored by the Coos Bay chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
- OctoberFish is home to the Tuna Guys! They will be serving up a real taste of Charleston and our local caught delicacies. This year they will be demonstrating how tuna are cleaned!
- Octoberfish is home to the apple press! Each year volunteers supply apples that are then squished into a delicious cider for all to share!
Where: Charleston School
When: October 5th 12-5pm
Sponsors: Star of Hope, Surfrider Foundation – Coos Bay Chapter, Dutch Bros Coffee