Thursday, September 2, 2010

Santa Barbara Ocean Lovers Host Famous OutRigger Canoe Paddler MARGO PELLEGRINO

News Release Contact: Andrea Neal



August 31st, 2010

Santa Barbara Ocean Lovers Host Famous OutRigger Canoe Paddler

Margo Pellegrino

Blue Ocean Sciences, Surfers Without Borders, Ocean Futures Society, Santa Barbara High-school’s Don’s Net Café, Life Cube Inc., Surfrider Foundation, Save The Mermaids, and The Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club are working together to hosts famous ocean Kayaker Margo Pellegrino in her Blue Frontier Campaign Project to paddle from Seattle to San Diego!

Santa Barbara, CA (September 1st, 2010) Margo Hits Goleta! Last night at approximately 6:45 pm Famous Outrigger Canoe Paddler Margo Pellegrino paddled into Goleta. Due to harsh paddling conditions and fog as thick as pea soup she came into Goleta last night instead of Santa Barbara. With the original plan to hit Santa Barbara we had to finagle a bit and were saved by the wonderful generosity of PISCO’s Peter Carlson and UCSB Collections Manager Christoph Pierre and amazing flexibility of her support team leader June Barnard. Last night Margo joined members from Blue Ocean Sciences, Channel Keeper, Surfers Without Borders, the Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club, and Santa Barbara Surfrider , at The Brewhouse, and then she was hosted by Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club’s Holly Sherwin . All of these groups will be joining Margo on Saturday September 4th for the Blue Coast Family Beach Day at Goleta Beach from 1-4 pm.

Margo Pellegrino is paddling from Seattle to San Diego This Summer! Originally she was inspired by “50 Ways to Save the Ocean”, by David Helvarg, who was hosted by The City of Santa Barbara earlier this year. In Margo’s past adventures she has paddled from Miami to Maine and, more recently, on the Gulf Coast from Miami to New Orleans. Through her high public visibility paddling expeditions she seeks to: advance federal ocean legislation, educate the public about ocean conservation, motivate and inspire people to get out and to take action by linking up with “seaweed” citizen-activists, promote the establishment of marine protected areas, and support scientific research around ocean conservation.

For More Information on Margo’s Project: Please see

For Santa Barbara Event Information:


Saturday September 4th, 2010:

1-4pm Goleta Beach, Goleta California: Blue Coast Family Beach Day!

Join Margo, Local Illustrator of “The Pout Pout Fish” Dan Hanna,

and Santa Barbara Ocean Lovers Learn, Play, and Protect The Ocean!

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Children's Book Readings, Beach Clean Up, Beach Bingo and More!

About Blue Ocean Sciences (BOS): Blue Ocean Sciences (BOS) is a non-profit 501(c)3. BOS’s mission is to address the needs of the global community for accurate research on oceanic health utilizing the latest technology, sharing of validated scientific information, creation of effective educational materials, and developing accurate media communication on the status and health of our oceans. BOS will facilitate utilization of human ingenuity, intellect, and technology to develop a thorough understanding of pressing environmental issues and to implement plans of action to benefit the environment of the world’s oceans.

About Surfer Without Borders (SWoB): Surfers Without Boarders (SWoB) is a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to creating Projects that Teach Environmental Awareness, Reduce Ocean Pollution, Promote Sustainable Development, and Foster Good Relations between Surfers and Coastal Communities around the world.

About Dons Net Café (DNC):Don’s Net Café is a student-run social entrepreneurial business located on the historic campus of Santa Barbara High School offered through the Regional Occupational Program. The DNC represents a 17-year commitment to inspire students to create positive social and environmental change through ethical commerce and service learning. We represent these activities through our participation in Virtual Enterprise. All profits benefit employees and associated projects 100%.

About Life Cube Inc.: Life Cube Inc. All-in-one solution for every emergency need. Providing self-contained inflatable airframe shelters in an innovative, portable, cube suitable for modern disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

About Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club (SBOCC): The purpose and goals of Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club is to foster national and international outrigger canoe competition and to generate public interest and support for these activities. SBOCC is dedicate to providing its members with opportunities to race, competing at all levels of competition; from local regional races to world championships in junior, open, master and senior masters divisions.

About Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society (OFS): Ocean Futures Society (OFS) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. With the motto, “Protect the ocean and you protect yourself.” The mission of OFS is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean's vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. OFS is based in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Paris, France Lucca, Italy, and São Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society at

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