Surf Jam: Fundraiser for Canadian Surf Film Festival

Surf Jam 2011 poster

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The inaugural Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) exploded onto the international surf scene last October drawing over 2,500 attendees and media coverage around the world.

The three-day festival featured local and international surf films, parties, art shows and a sold-out closing party featuring Matt Mays.

To maintain and ensure this unique event continues to grow, the CSFF needs support from the local surf community.

Next Friday (February 25), the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) and the CSFF will be hosting Surf Jam, a fundraiser for the CSFF featuring music by Maddison Avenue, the Jay Smith Band, and Matthew Pickup & The Movement.

The fundraiser will take place at the Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street in Downtown Halifax. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10. For $25, you get a SANS membership, T-shirt and cover.

There will also be tons of prizing courtesy of event sponsors.

For more info on the CSFF please go to For more info on SANS please go to

SANS is formalizing its annual membership

In the past, membership in the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) has always been fairly informal resulting in some uncertainty and confusion among people in the surf community about whether they are a member of SANS.

We also receive a lot of emails from people asking about how they can become a member.

To address these concerns, and to increase membership, strengthen our relationship with members, and improve the quality of benefits we offer our members, SANS released a Membership Strategy last year.

As part of this new Strategy we have decided to formalize our membership program by introducing annual memberships. The annual membership fee will be $20 and, in return, members receive discounts on SANS contests and events, a subscription to our newsletter, and a SANS T-shirt.

SANS is a non-profit organization and the funds we collect from membership fees go directly back into the surfing community as we work to: (1) build an inclusive, fun and respectful surf community; (2) support recreational and amateur surfing; and (3) promote coastal access and stewardship.

We will be launching the new membership program at the Surf Jam at the Seahorse on February 25, 2011. Memberships will also be available on our website shortly afterwards, and at future SANS events.

FAQ about the membership program:

1. How much does a SANS membership cost?
Membership fees are $20.

2. When does it expire?
Memberships are valid for 1 year from the date of registration.

3. What benefits do I get from being a member?
You receive discounts at SANS contests and events, a subscription to our newsletter, a SANS T-shirt, and a warm fuzzy feeling for supporting your community.

4. How will my membership fee be used?
SANS is a non-profit organization, so your $20 will support the things that you and other members tell us is important, like: local contests, community events, public access to the coast, and lots of other great stuff!

5. How can I become a member?
Memberships will be available at all SANS-sponsored contests and events and through our website.

6. How can I learn more about SANS?
Check out SANS’ 5-year Strategic Plan, talk to one of the Board Members when you’re in the water, or get in touch with Joel Rudolph, SANS’ Coordinator, via email.

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service accepting applications

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service logoThose looking to join the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service (NSLS) this summer should submit their applications before March 2. Job offers will go out in mid-April.

The lifeguarding season runs from the end of June to the end of August. Applicants must possess the National Lifeguard certification, a Standard First Aid course, and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) level C.

As part of the selection process, applicants must complete a timed 500-metre swim, a timed 3.2-kilometre run, and a timed standardized 50-metre Manikin Carry event (according to Lifesaving Society Standards).

Lifeguards can apply to the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. For more information, check online at

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service strives to staff its beaches with local lifeguards. If there is no qualified local staff available, the NSLS will hire staff from other areas and provide living accommodations.

The newest beach to be staffed with lifeguards is Point Michaud Beach on Cape Breton Island. This is a protected beach and provincial park. It boasts three kilometres of sand shore and sandbar surf breaks. Point Michaud Beach is Cape Breton's No. 1 surf destination for the summertime.

There are many other lifeguarded beaches throughout Nova Scotia and some of them do have surfable waves.

Give back to the coast that gives you so much

Make a donation, get an engraved board at Minutes boardwalkThe Coastal Access Committee (CAC) is offering engraved boards which will be used to build the boardwalk at the proposed park near the Minutes surf break in Cow Bay.

Boards can be purchased for a minimum donation of $100 each (tax receipts are available). All donations will go towards construction of the boardwalk. (To see a draft plan for the park, click here.)

The board can have your name on it, a friend’s name or the name of your business.

Please make all cheques out to Halifax Regional Municipality. Be sure to include your address and phone number, and please indicate how you would like your name to appear on the board.

For additional information, please contact the Coastal Access Committee at or call 902-471-5359

Deadline extended for surfing scholarship applications

ISA President Fernando AguerreThe International Surfing Association (ISA) has extended the deadline for 2011 Scholarship Program applications to February 18, 2011.

The deadline had been January 31, however, the ISA has extended the deadline with hopes of getting more applicants.

"The ISA has received many great applications, but we are certain that a large number of the countries who have not yet submitted applications have several tremendous candidates," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

With generous support from Billabong, the Quiksilver Foundation and Reef Redemption, the scholarship program was created to assist young surfers who show a genuine need for financial assistance.

In a letter send to surfing's national governing bodies and associations, Aguerre urges leaders to get the word out and encourage young surfers to submit applications.

"It is imperative that we, the surfing leaders of the world, do our part by enabling junior surfers of today with an opportunity they would not have without our support," he said.

"It is our responsibility to provide them with an opportunity to receive financial support and to advance their education and surfing through avenues such as the ISA Scholarship Program.

"By not submitting applications, we are denying them of a chance to get ahead."

For more information on the ISA Scholarship Program, click here. Those interested in submitting an application, should contact Canadian Surfing Association (CSA) President John Fluke at