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    Sacred Craft Surf Expo & Respect the Gaviota Coast Paddle Through Ventura This Weekend

    Coastal Paddle Odyssey day 1We have two stellar happenings to share with you today: the Respect the Gaviota Coast paddle and the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo.

    Respect the Gaviota Coast
    On May 12th, two surfer activists, Chadd Konig and Nole Cossart, launched their paddleboards into the glassy waters off the Gaviota coast. The pair will be paddling all the way down to Mexico, surfing their alaias along the way, in order to raise awareness for and the pristine Gaviota coast, which is threatened by imminent development. This Saturday, May 15th, Chadd and Nole will paddle up to the Ventura County Fairgrounds for the Sacred Craft Surf Expo.

    [Chadd Konig and Nole Cassert on day one of their paddle from Gaviota to the Mexico border. Photo: Branden Aroyan]

    Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo
    When last we covered the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo, the event was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This weekend, Sacred Craft comes to Patagonia's backyard, the Ventura County Fairgrounds, for "two days of surfboards, live shaping, demos, seminars, movies, music and good times…but mostly surfboards." Patagonia and Fletcher Chouinard Designs, along with the Malloy Brothers and Jeff Denholm, will be on hand to answer questions about FCD surfboards and Patagonia wetsuits. On Sunday, Gerry Lopez will be signing his book Surf is Where You Find It at the Patagonia booth and he's scheduled for a live shaping demo that afternoon at 12:30 pm. FCD will also be offering board demos at the point on Saturday morning at 7am.

    One of the highlights of the Expo is the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by Channel Islands Surfboards. This year's honoree is legendary Santa Barbara shaper John Bradbury. A check for $1,000.00 will be made out to in John Bradbury's name. The Surfer's Journal is also donating 10% of online sales to  

    Stay tuned to The Cleanest Line for more on Chadd and Nole's Respect the Gaviota Coast Paddle and a recap of the Sacred Craft Expo. If you live anywhere near Ventura, or are looking for a reason to road trip this weekend, we hope to see you this weekend at the fairgrounds.

    SACRED CRAFT Consumer Surfboard Expo
    Dates: Saturday May 16 & Sunday May 17 2009
    Times: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-4pm
    Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds
    Directions: 101 North Or South To Ventura County Fairgrounds Exit
    Admission: Free For Groms Under 16. $7 For Everyone Else And You Are Automatically Entered In A Raffle For A Brand New Surfboard! Do Not Need To Be Present To Win.

    Click here for the full schedule of events

    [Footage from last year's Sacred Craft Expo. Video courtesy of Devon Howard and Patagonia Cardiff]

    And more from Respect the Gaviota Coast . . .


    [For their paddle to Mexico, Chadd Konig and Nole Cossart have alaias strapped to the top of their paddleboards so they can surf when the waves are good. Chad and Nole will be shaping an alaia on Sunday at the Sacred Craft Expo. Photo: Branden Aroyan]

    Looking West 2 

    [This is what's at stake and why two surfers would put their lives on hold in order to travel an ungodly distance on their paddleboards -- the Gaviota coast is the last undeveloped stretch of coastline in Southern California. Photo courtesy of]


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