The Beach Preservation presentation will be lead by Falk Feddersen of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Falk will be talking about how science can be applied to surfing and surf spots. In a time when threats to our surf breaks are around every corner, science can be used to predict and anticipate impacts to our surfing resources.
The No Border Sewage component will be lead by Dan Murphy, Mark West and Steven Wright. Dan will give a brief overview of our No Border Sewage campaign, Tijuana River Action Network and Tijuana River Action Month. Mark will discuss the USIBWC, the formation of Minute 320 and the global warming impact study currently being conducted in the Tijuana River Valley. Steven will talk about 4 Walls International.
Falk Feddersen is an Associate Research Oceanographer with the Integrated Oceanography Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). His area of interest is surf-zone and near-shore physical Oceanography. He has also co-hosted the Surf Science Teen Conferences at SIO.
Dan Murphy is the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s No Border Sewage Campaign Manager and Tijuana River Watershed Water Testing Captain. He is a native San Diegan who has been a member of the Surfrider Foundation for about 17 years and an activist for about 11 years now. Dan was a member of the San Diego County Chapter’s Executive Committee from 2008 to 2010 holding a position of Vice Chair, No Border Sewage Campaign Manager and Blue Water Task Force Site Captain for the Tijuana River Watershed. Dan is now on the Advisory Committee and still holds the position of No Border Sewage Campaign Manager. He grew up learning to swim, body surf and surf in Imperial Beach and Coronado beaches. Preserving and protecting the pristine nature and beauty of the Tijuana River Valley and the beaches in Imperial Beach and northern Baja are very important to him.
Mark West is a retired US Naval Officer who recently came out of the environmental closet. Mark’s Naval career afforded him the opportunity to travel to every continent witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts that humans are having on our ocean, waves and beaches. Rather than selling his soul to the industrial complex, Mark decided to dedicate himself to environmental protection. He has been an active member of the Surfrider Foundation for the past five years working alongside Dan Murphy on the No Border Sewage campaign. Mark is currently a Citizen Forum Board Member for the United States International Boundary and Water Commission working to reduce transboundary pollution in Tijuana Mexico and Imperial Beach California. Additionally, Mark recently completed a Capstone research project for Surfrider San Diego focusing on ocean water quality testing. The Capstone research project investigated a collaborative value creation between non-traditional organizations with common concerns.
Steven Wright is the Executive Director and Co-Founder Four Walls International. He was born on the east coast, brought to the west coast, and destined for south of the border. Steven earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California Riverside (2006). Research trips to Southeast Asia opened his eyes to the challenges facing a booming population with dwindling resources. Public speaking, entrepreneurship, strong work ethic, and fluency in Spanish are among his strongest qualities. Steven has a passion for traveling, surfing, exploring, spirituality, helping people, and his dog Rugger (aka “Hog”).