By Taylor Crehan, West Broward High
1:52 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
When you think of surfing, you probably imagine super tanned, blonde hotties shredding it up on monster waves in California or Hawaii. However, people in Florida are riding the waves- West Broward High has its own surf club.
West Broward High’s Ymke Franssen, a junior from the Netherlands, started a surf club in February to show kids that surfing is more than a sport.
“I’ve always wanted to surf,” said Franssen, who has lived in four different countries and two states here in the U.S.
“I used to watch a show called ‘Rocket Power’ when I lived in Belgium, and I thought it just looked so cool. When I was in Texas, I got my first chance to surf … and I loved it.”
Franssen started West Broward’s surf club herself, starting a petition and getting permission from the administration.
“When I came to Florida, I had a better chance to learn,” said Franssen, who moved to Florida last summer.
The Surf Club had a packed schedule during the school year. Members would skateboard in the parking lot behind the school almost every week.
They took their first surfing trip to Fort Lauderdale Beach in March, they went on a Flow Rider (indoor surfing) trip in April (check this), and they did a beach clean-up and a stand-up paddle boarding trip this summer.
Will Gonzalez, a sophomore, is a member of the surf club, and he loves it. He attended their first surfing trip. “It’s fun to really interact and learn new things,” Gonzalez said. “It gave me a chance to learn new skills, be more sociable, and be more active.”
“I’m hoping to show kids at West Broward something different, to try a new activity and bring people together,” Franssen said.
“I hope to create a group of people that can get along, get together, and hang out and surf. I’m hoping to get surfing more known. Even though Florida’s swell is very inconsistent, it’s still possible to surf here.”
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Broward County participates in the annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean
Conservancy. The Cleanup takes place in over 104 countries around the world and typically on the 3rd Saturday of September.
The next event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. until noon. Please dress appropriately for the weather, either rain or shine, as we will only cancel the Cleanup due to a
tropical storm system resulting in a Watch or Warning.
To sign up for the Coastal Cleanup, go to Sign Up To CleanUp. Zoom in on the south Florida area and pick your location from the list on the left.
To participate, bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and water to one of the cleanup site locations identified on the map below. Call 954-519-1270 for more information.
Below are tentative sites and sign-in/parking instructions for the 2011
Coastal Cleanup. Please check back before the Cleanup date for any updates or
A1. Deerfield Beach – Take Hillsboro Boulevard to A1A and
turn right (south). Turn left on S.E. 1st Street and park across the street from
the Fire Station. Sign in and pick up a parking pass at the chickee hut. Place
the parking pass on the dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of the
A2. Deerfield Island Park– Take Hillsboro Boulevard
to Riverview Rd. and turn left (north). Volunteers can particpate either on
shore or by kayak/canoe, but must bring their own watercraft. A free shuttle to
the Park is available for those wishing to cleanup the shoreline and will run
from 9 am until 4 pm.
B. Pompano Beach – Park north of Atlantic Boulevard between
N. Riverside Drive and A1A. Sign in and pick up a parking pass at the Pavilion
south of the pier next to the playground. Place the parking pass on the
dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of the Cleanup.
C. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea – Sign in and pick up a parking
pass at East Commercial Boulevard at Anglin’s Pier. Parking is at the
Bougainvilla Lot located north of Commerical Blvd. between Bougainvilla Dr. and
D. Oakland Park Blvd. – Sign in at Earl Lifshey Ocean Park
located at the end of Oakland Park Blvd., east of A1A.
E. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – When you arrive at the
gate, tell park personnel you are participating in the Coastal Cleanup. Sign in
near the tunnel entrance to the beach. Walk into the pavilion and the sign-in
table is to your right.
F. Fort Lauderdale Beach - Sign in at South Beach Park.
Parking passes are pending.
G. John U. Lloyd State Park – When you arrive at the gate,
tell park personnel you are participating in the Coastal Cleanup. Once in the
park, make your first left and sign in at the boat ramp.
H. Dania Beach – The Cleanup location is at the end of Dania
Beach Boulevard, where it intersects with A1A. Sign in and pick up a parking
pass at the Frank C. “Tootie” Adler Park pavilion. Place the parking pass on the
dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of the Cleanup.
I. Hollywood Beach North – When you arrive at the gate, tell
park personnel you are participating n the Coastal Cleanup. Sign in at North
Beach Park at the end of Sheridan Street.
J. Hollywood Beach Central – Park in the garage at the south
end of the Oceanwalk Mall, located at A1A and Hollywood Boulevard. Sign-in is at
the Oceanwalk Mall outdoor pavilion. Pick up a parking pass from the Site
Captain and give it to the attendant when you leave the garage. Parking fees
should be waived for the time of the Cleanup (9am until noon).
K. Hollywood Beach South – Sign in at Keating Park, Magnolia
Terrace and Surf Road. Parking passes will be available from the Site Captain,
once you sign in.
L. Hallandale Beach – Sign in at Hallandale Beach Boulevard
Previous Coastal Cleanup results for Broward County
We will be joining hands in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on August 4th, 2012 at noon in your timezone.
Thousands of people will join hands to say NO to filthy fuels and YES to clean energy sources.
Surfrider Foundation of Broward County
Join the Broward County chapter of Surfrider Foundation at The Parrot Lounge! The event will be located in the plaza on the southwest corner of Sunrise Blvd and A1A. We will meet at the Parrot and walk across A1A to the beach where we will join hands at noon. There will be a concert at the Parrot immediately following the event on the sand (12:30pm) featuring local bands as well as raffle prizes for patrons!
For more information call or email firstname.lastname@example.org 954-817-7826
Date: Third Tuesday of every month – Tuesday – July 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 7:45 PM meeting
7:30 PM social / networking
Where: Galuppi”s Restaurant and Patio Bar
1103 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 Phone: 866-453-5653
Location of Meeting at resturant – Conference Room
Social – Bar and Resturant
Hands Across Sand – Kickoff event July 21, 2012 at The Parrot
Hands Across The Sand – August 4, 2012
Rise Above Plastics