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2nd Annual C4CW Lagoon Expression Session
November 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Article and photo below by Lighthouse Multimedia
Standing up for what you believe in can be a challenge. Uniting and moving an entire community to stand up with you is inspiring. To focus on future generations as a way to make a positive change is fulfilling our human purpose.
That’s exactly what Evan Miller, Patrick Seely, Chris Belland and a hand full of other’s are doing with C4CW (Citizen’s for Clean Water). What started as a couple local surfers in 2013, mad because they were surfing in polluted water from Lake Okeechobee discharges, decided something needed to change. A Facebook page announced a clean water rally, a peaceful place to vent and maybe get some attention for the whole water system. What happened was, thousands of people, fed up with the discharges ruining our economy, our wildlife, and our way of life, showed up. They did get noticed. Weeks later, the governor showed up to see for himself.
That page has grown into a non-profit that is keeping alive the idea from 2013, that clean waterways are essential to all citizens in South Florida, and around the world!! C4CW has put on a host of events since then, including the 2nd Annual Lagoon Expression Session in Stuart, FL. The surf contest had a division for everyone. People six to sixty competed on all kinds of boards and sports. What became evident during the day was the emphasis on the kids, making it cool to care about your community and your planet. Parents push-in division brought the loudest cheer, and the nicest gesture, of the day. Three brothers competed in the same division. Two sets of twins surfed, and one of each won their division!
The day started with a beach yoga session, and a clean-up. All through the day announcements and sponsors helped bring even more awareness to the continuing pollution in our waters. That’s the whole point for C4CW. The continuing polluting of our waters. And, showing the next generation why it’s so important to do something for your community. The day ended with a raffle of donated items, and the awards. The top prize was a new custom shape board, awarded to the Men’s Open winner Hunter Roland. He gave the prize to Mia Barros, who in the mini-grom push-in surfed so hard she snapped her board in two. That kind of giving and spirit of community is the theme of every C4CW event.
Here’s a list of the winners in each division, but the real winners are the people who organize, volunteer, spend countless (and thankless) hours putting on this great event. They are making a difference.
|Body Surf – Lee Newburn||Longboard – George Williams||Grom 8-13 – Maddox Mules||Legends – George Williams||Men’s open – Hunter Roland|
|Skimboard – Curran Schwartz||Grom push-in – Chaden Chen||Under 18 open – Ylan Abeger||Women open – Hannah Forrest|