AmpSurf Amped to Help Amps Surf!


Ocean enthusiasts and generous individuals are doing their part to help, support and inspire members of the community with disabilities, especially “our veteran heroes.” AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that has been in operation for over 9 years. Their goal is to “Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in.” Program supporters advocate the healing power of the ocean, and strive to share that power with anyone in need of rehabilitation, be it mental or physical.

 AmpSurf encourages everyone to be involved with the organization. Whether you are a veteran, or person with a disability, or just simply want to help out with an awesome cause, then AmpSurf wants YOU.

You can participate with AmpSurf in a variety of ways—volunteer, participate, sponsor or donate. Additionally, AmpSurf hosts many events throughout the year that are open to the public. The next event the organization is putting on will take place on May 14 at Encinitas Moonlight Beach in Southern California followed by the Central Coast for the Wine, Waves, and Beyond in Pismo Beach, June 2-5.  More information about the event can be found here. AmpSurf encourages participants to contact their office beforehand in order to be sure specific disabilities can be accommodated.

Check out AmpSurf’s website for more information. If you decide to participate or volunteer, please send us your story!

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TAILGATE SAFETY MEETING – 6 Important Ocean Tips


Beach Butlerz is so ready for another wonderful summer season and we bet you are too! As the weather continues to amaze us with warm sunny days, we bet you’re thinking about going to the beach to sunbathe, hangout with friends and family, and enjoy California beaches.  Many of you will venture into the water to cool down from the warm temperature, BUT BEFORE YOU DO, take a look at our Beach Butlerz Tailgate Safety list of ocean safety tips because we care about our awesome blog readers.

1)    Be aware of other beach goers activities: Make sure you are aware of everyone around you when entering the water. Avoid the path of surfers or body-boarders shooting down the surf, and be aware of small children in shallow water that may end up in the path of your water fun.

2)    Observe the landscape: Knowing the environment is crucial to water safety. Watch for rocks, jetties, steep drops offs, etc so you don’t accidently trip and fall and become part of the landscape.

3)    Scan the water for sea critters: Remember: you are playing in their habitat, so jellyfish, star fish, crabs, sharks, seals and all other sea life are sharing the water with you. Be respectful of wildlife. Diving into the water and swimming towards a sea otter to get a closer look isn’t a good idea, really. Chances are, you’ll scare the heck out of them and they may just bite.

4)    Know your own abilities: If you are not a strong swimmer, stay out of the water, especially when rip tides are present. Don’t push yourself too hard physically or swim too far out.  Stay within your known athletic swimming capabilities.

5)    Don’t underestimate the current or waves: If the waves look too big, and if the ocean current appears to be strong, be extra cautious and avoid wading out too far. Better safe than sorry.

6)    Know where to find the nearest lifeguard station: Lifeguards are on the beach to ensure your safety.  It’s just like knowing where the nearest hospital is. Know your safety nets and don’t be shy or too proud to ask for their assistance.

If you’d like to know more, this handbook can provide more information and safety tips.

See you on the beach!

The Beach Butlerz Crew

Shark Eggs are Cool!


“Conservation” and “sustainability” are mega buzzwords floating around right now when it comes to anything and everything “environmental.” Some people may think any such efforts must be large, grand scheme, national endeavors that only happen in large cities.  Well, this is not always the case. One local organization, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center (SLC), has big conservation goals and is dedicated to “inspiring people to be connected to the ocean and the life through education and community outreach.

SLC is open to everyone, and boasts a team of sea life experts committed to one common goal: “providing programs that are beneficial and educational to the community.” SLC, also formerly known as the Avila Beach Marine Institute, has been around since 1994. During that time SLC has fostered beneficial and lasting relationships with local non-profits, school districts and businesses in the community to help further their mission of marine education. And yes – They have shark eggs!

SLC has a variety of options and programs for educators, students and ocean enthusiasts looking to take a more active role in the marine world, such as floating adventures, summer camps and personalized programs.

Beach Butlerz encourages you to contact the SLC and experience some of their educational adventures.  For more information and contact information, visit the SLC website.

Cheers,

Beach Butlerz

Happy Trails in the Happiest Town


The increasingly warmer temperatures Central California will be experiencing  this weekend (80 degrees in Avila?!) serve as a reminder that beach (and bikini!) season is just around the corner. Those warmer temperatures also encourage residents and visitors to spend more time outside being active (and tone up before summer gets here!).

If you’re like us here at BeachButlerz, we love finding new hiking trails and bike routes to whip us into shape. Below we have shared some of our favorite local routes. If you’re favorite trail isn’t listed below then please share it with us! Happy [outdoor] exercising!

1) The Bob Jones Trail: this is a great option for people of all fitness levels and ages. You can run, walk, bike or roller blade on a serene, secluded path all the way to Avila Beach.

2) Bishop Peak: If you live in SLO you’ve certainly heard of Bishop’s Peak before. This hike can be strenuous, so be prepared to sweat and workout if you attempt it. Once you get to the top, though, the view is worth the pain.

3) Valencia Peak: Montana de Oro is a gem hidden on the Central Coast, and it boasts some of the most beautiful trails in this area. The hike is a total of 5 miles round trip, but the view from the top offers panoramic views of the coastline and state park. A must try for anyone who has the time.

Enjoy the view.

Beach Butlerz

Got a ZAM Ocean Project?


As concern mounts regarding the annihilation of our oceans and marine life, organizations are springing up to advocate for conservation of the sea world. One such organization is the Ocean Project.

 

The Ocean Project’s aim is to “help [their] Partners (zoos, aquariums, museums- ZAMs) effectively educate and communicate for conservation action.” When the Ocean Project first began in the 1990’s only a few North American aquariums wanted to be a part of its mission—now it’s grown to the “world’s most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, with nearly 1,300 Partner ZAMs, plus conservation and education organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries. “

 

So…what exactly does the Ocean Project do? According to the website for the project, “[the Ocean Project] provides Partners with cutting-edge market research, effective outreach strategies to assist in changing attitudes and behaviors for conservation, and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.”

 

In order to produce this change, the Ocean Project has adopted some major initiatives because “there is a noticeable absence of a large constituency speaking out and taking action for our world’s ocean, its life, and the future generations who will inherit it.” Initiatives the Ocean Project is active with include (click each link for more information). : Conservation Communications Research Initiative, Seas the Day Personal Action Initiative and World Oceans Day.

 

If you know of a ZAM that might be interested in partnering with the Ocean Project, or if you are simply looking for more information about the cause, visit the project’s website or contact them.

In good health to all…

Beach Butlerz

Cal Poly Wine Fest Celebration


Spring has sprung (though right now you wouldn’t know it on the Central Coast). There is a light at the end of this tunnel of rain, and it promises to bring sunshine and beautiful weather to all Central Coast inhabitants.

Many clubs and organizations take advantage of this wonderful California weather when coordinating fundraising activities and festivals. Every spring a favorite event of Beach Butlerz comes to the area- the Cal Poly Wine Festival.

The Cal Poly Wine Festival promises to provide a delightful afternoon for everyone- whether you’re a wine professional, a social taster or a wine newbie. The event will be held this year on April 8 and 9 at Margarita Vineyards in Santa Margarita. All proceeds from the event benefit the Wine and Viticulture program at Cal Poly.

For 2011 the festival will focus on the theme “trends and tasting.” On April 8 seminars will be held focusing on topics related to such (i.e. Trending M

illennials: Understanding the interaction between media and the next generation of wine drinker), and will conclude with a BBQ and live auction held at the Leaning Pine Arboretum on the Cal Poly campus. Beach Butlerz donated a Sunset Beach Bonfire to the live auction. We can’t wait to serve the lucky recipient of our services.On April 9 from 1-4 p.m. event participants will be invited to taste wine and food from various restaurants and wineries.

Everyone is invited to attend the event, but you must be 21+ to taste. For more information about the event visit the Cal Poly Wine Festival’s website or Facebook page. To purchase your tasting ticket, or to buy a package for the weekend, click here. Cheers!

Seafood Watch – Oh, there’s an Ap for that too.


Living on California’s Central Coast we’re spoiled…we have access to top-grade, high quality seafood year-round. Unfortunately, sometimes that delicious food comes with a hefty price tag.

Certain fishing practices harm marine life and endanger underwater species. Although, not every fisherman engage in such activity, so you don’t have to swear off eating seafood at all.  There are sustainable ways to harvest seafood, and if you’re an informed and diligent consumer you can continue to enjoy your favorite meals without jeopardizing the environment.

Humans have been fishing for hundreds of years as a means of sustenance. In recent years, however, fishing has turned harmful due, in part, to advanced technology. Fishermen are now able to fish deeper and with more efficiency than ever before, and as a result “scientists estimate that we have removed as much as 90 percent of the large predatory fish such as shark, swordfish and cod from the world’s oceans” (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/issues/).

Programs like the Monterey May Aquarium Seafood Watch Program are hoping to help consumers make sustainable choices when buying and consuming seafood. Since 1999 the program has been working with “consumers, fishermen, restaurants, retailers and suppliers” to cultivate the best and least harmful fishing practices.

The Monterey May Aquarium Seafood Watch Program has a seafood recommendations smartphone application (the Seafood Watch Ap) on their website to help seafood lovers make responsible buying choices. Using such tools can help preserve what ocean life we have left—download it today! Happy [responsible] seafood eating!