Get your Rip Curl SF scarves right here!
If you're not a scarf person, you can get some fingerless gloves.
-I admit, I'll probably get a t-shirt or something....
My dear friends: Don't be so enamored with corporate practices of Rip Curl and the contest approaching. Please check out the above link to website and read about Rip Curl's unfair labor practices and their disgusting environmental record. Occupy ****** Cove!
Where's Mollusk Surf Shop stand on this???
ohhhh sh***t! the towel of the event reveals location turtle!
I already have the hat and it's awesome. The chocolate you eat is made by child slaves in Africa by the way.
Duly noted...chocolate bars not produced in the US are suspect! Eat only Ghirardelli! I'm just saying that these huge corporate sponsored events significantly impact the lives of neighbors in the area...i.e. Nike Women's Marathon, OutsideLands, Strictly Hardly Whatever, Bay to Breakers....you name it! The Fall is the downFALL of locals in the neighborhood..can't park, can't walk our dogs, can't surf...if I am going to sacrifice what is important to me, in the aesthetic sense, I want to sacrifice it to a responsible entity...and not one that is exploiting somebody else...like I AM BEING EXPLOITED simply by being a San Franciscan who lives at the beach. I'm just sayin'
If it's not fair trade...child slaves.
@kutakid1957 - Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I intend to do more research on Rip Curl and their corporate business practices.
I should mention that I'm actually a sustainability consultant and analyst. While not supporting or defending Rip Curl's corporate business practices in any way, I just want to address some of the social and environmental issues in the apparel industry and the overseas manufacturing industry based on my experience (I have been to China and inspected the factory where Future Fins and FCS Fins are made and where O'Neill and Billabong make some of their clothes).
-Producing and manufacturing apparel obviously has negative environmental impacts, but the manufacturing process is actually one of the areas with the lowest environmental impacts. The two areas that have the greatest impact: pre-manufacturing (impacts from growing cotton for t-shirts, jeans, etc) and consumer use. In most LCA's (life cycle assessments) done by clothing retailers, it has been found that the largest environmental impacts come from the washing and drying of clothes.
-While most clothes are produced in developing or emerging countries (China, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc), of course there is the chance for unfair labor practices. The harsh reality is that due to poverty, working in a factory making clothes provides some relief compared to other options such as begging, prostitution, selling drugs, etc. Overall, if everything was made and bought locally, social inequality would be worse than it is today.
-Rip Curl and other mainstream surf companies are easy targets for social and environmental issues, but I hope you can see the big picture of things. You typed your post on a computer. If it's an Apple, then your computer was probably made at Foxconn, one of the most notorious electronic manufacturers in China. If it's a PC, well, it was probably still made at Foxconn or similar overseas manufacturer. If you drive to the beach to surf, your short little commute to the beach probably produces more carbon than what it emitted to make a t-shirt. Buying something made in the USA does not necessarily mean it has a lower environmental or social impact.
My point is that, Rip Curl in the grand scheme of things, is a pretty small fish in the ocean. I'm not saying we shouldn't push them to become more sustainable or criticize their manufacturing practices. But if you really want to Occupy "something" or protest, there are much bigger fish to fry than a surf company (btw: I support OWS).
Apple isn't saying I can't surf at my beach.
Microsoft isn't taking away my parking space at the beach.
So I take a great and pointed interest in a corporate entity that proposes to change my lifestyle and pursuit during what is, ostensibly, the HEIGHT of my surf season in San Francisco. I suspect you are a native San Franciscan (what high school did you go to, by the way?) and so are equally disenchanted with our seasonal follies of entertainment monopolies of music and athletic events.
The criteria to take away my waves, beach, parking and aesthetic solitude of Ocean Beach should come with a huge price...payable by a corporate entity that embraces the political conscience of San Francisco. We owe Mother Ocean much more than a permit.
in other words, you get paid to greenwash, excuse, and justify.
take a look at the bigger picture yourself.
not sure what your point is. Unless you are assuming, that the collective we, are desiring to bash Rip for being 'bad' is missing the bigger picture.
Why not take the Bash-a-Mole position.The local 'people' did not ask Rip to do this marketing event(which it is to Rip) it is just happening. If some of 'we' do not like what Rip is up to why is is inane to voice complaints or take actions? Just maybe some of us do not have the goal of saving the world by criticizing Rip. Maybe Rip is not the most egregious multi national corp but they will be here in all their glory. And if peoples' want to voice themselves in opposition to Rips practices I salute them. (btw I look forward to the event for many reasons).
ps IMO making/selling clothes has little to do w/ surfing.
@kutakid - Spoken like a true American hypocrite. I'm against anything that affects MY personal lifestyle. Sure, I'll protest a company that takes away my waves and parking spots for a week, but when it comes to everything else, it's not my problem as long as it doesn't affect ME. Apple has one of the worst CSR and sustainability records in the technology industry. Because of that, I don't own a single Apple product, except for an iPod, which I received as a Christmas gift.
@dakota - Actually, I get paid to rebuke greenwash claims. I specialize in GHG inventories and calculations - from supply chains to operations. So, if a company is claiming that it reduced its footprint by 20% or it saved 1000 trees or took 500 cars off the road, I look at their calculations and methodology to see if its done correctly. After I look at it and if the company is really serious, the report will be made public and then it will be 3rd party verified by an audit firm such as PWC or Deloitte.
Like it or not, globalization is here to stay. All I can do is try to limit the damage done by organizations. It was in fact surfing that motivated me to dedicate my life and career to sustainability and "Mother Ocean". And what exactly are you doing?
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, I like it! I'll be getting a hat, scarf, and one of those huge towels too. But remember, there will be lots of FREE schwag during the contest from the vendors tents. Is Wise carrying all this merchandise too?
oh my word. I am a San Franciscan. Therefore, I am different having the inherent birthright of being politically sensitive from the day I set foot on the Great Highway. You insinuate that I am not concerned about events beyond the narrow scope of my neighborhood. Far from it. I want to focus attention on the corporate sensibilities of companies that impact the city of San Francisco. We LIVE here. We THRIVE here. And when we are impacted, yes, a small global faction is concerned. However, the surf industry has a reputation of invoking a lifestyle implicative that resounds with an aesthetic of peaceful, environmentally conscience, and socially responsible. My POINT is that San Francisco politics has historically opposed factions that do not align themselves with these concerns. I don't see RipCurl making any attempt to align themselves nor explain their position on these issues...which makes the granting of a permit for their event a bit suspect.
huh. i thought schwag was free. this is disappointing.
"oh my word. I am a San Franciscan. Therefore, I am different having the inherent birthright of being politically sensitive from the day I set foot on the Great Highway. You insinuate that I am not concerned about events beyond the narrow scope of my neighborhood. Far from it. I want to focus attention on the corporate sensibilities of companies that impact the city of San Francisco. We LIVE here. We THRIVE here. And when we are impacted, yes, a small global faction is concerned. However, the surf industry has a reputation of invoking a lifestyle implicative that resounds with an aesthetic of peaceful, environmentally conscience, and socially responsible. My POINT is that San Francisco politics has historically opposed factions that do not align themselves with these concerns. I don't see RipCurl making any attempt to align themselves nor explain their position on these issues...which makes the granting of a permit for their event a bit suspect."
@ kutakid1957, Question(s), do you surf, and I see that you've only been part of this site with your current avatar and name for a couple of hours, which leads me to believe that maybe you post this sort of dribble during other contests in other cities and sites too? Will we see more of your comments 'after' Rip Curl leaves town?
@ violet:Urban Dictionary: schwag
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Dammit! I shouldn't have blown my allowance on all that Nike Women's Marathon crap a few weeks back.
There's gonna be free pot?!??!?!
For the record Kutakid and to satisfy all you bluegrass surfers out there...Hardly Strictly is privately funded by a rich dude named Warren Hellman who apparently loves to gypsy twirl and smoke weed in the park once a year. He pays for everything himself and there is no corporate sponsorship. http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-29/music/warren-hellman-talks-about-hard...
Warren Hellman is hardly, strictly blameless in his dealings with Golden Gate Park. He held the Concourse Parking Authority hostage stating that if his parking garage was not built beneath the museums, he would pull his bluegrass festival. This was AFTER the people of San Francisco voted AGAINST the parking garage. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2004/06/11/16849421.php
True, Hellman asks for no outside sponsorship. He is amply prepared to buy whatever he needs to advance his agenda.
@Makai. Thanks for the warm welcome to this site! Yes, I just joined. And I am a native San Franciscan having surfed here nearly 50 years! Just never was politicized enough to speak up. But this contest really boils my blood. Stay tuned to more rants! I am just ramping up!
This will always be a never ending dialogue....once again you're all right and you're all wrong and some of you are just plain funny! It's a brave new world citizens of the 21st century and we're all just going to have to find a sensible middle and learn to live, walk and talk with balance while continuing with our comfortable, green, selfish surf filled lifestyle(s). If you want to, YOU can become a crusader for radical change, ala MLK, Ghandi and the like. Of course if you choose that path you won't be surfing so much now will ya? And you might get your ass thrown in jail or shot! Hmmmm...why is it so many smart level headed people avoid that path. As an children's educator, I can appreciate the work you are doing @Purpeana and I can appreciate your position too @kutakid1957! Thanks for keeping the content on this site active and engaged y'all. I was getting tired of reading those over hyped surf reports!
KutaKid- good to see a local's veiw.keep up the fight!
PS- Kelly at ######. wins title 11 on 11-11-11...I am sick already....
Kuta Fellow - These sorts of first person plural diatribes annoy the hell out of me. Stop saying "we" when you are speaking for yourself. You are not the Lorax. If you speak for yourself, rather than insinuate that I already agree with you, I will happily bring an open mind to your opinions. Otherwise I find myself wanting to punch you.
Sorry this has been on my mind due to the great Haight Street migration of 2011.
I think what @righteousdewd is trying to say is that he's not in your 99%. :)
OH CRAP IS THAT A RAVEN WITH A RIPCURL HAT?!!!! SOLD OUT NOT COOL!!!
I'm gunna buy a San FranPsycho trucker hat at their tent. (BTW, they should have been granted booth space for free, and FOR SHAME if they didn't)
why should San Fran-sellout have booth space for free? both Rip-Curl and SFP sell clothes and SFP is owned by a guy from LA ( Christian)
also Rightouskook no threats .punch your clown if you must punch something.
Holy Crap you guys are making my anti-soft wave rants look like chicken droppings. Rant on crazy! Swarm Barneys, Swarm!
Where's the best 'local' place to purchase contest merchandise, and are they selling any contest Posters?
BTW, be sure to purchase a Marin Surfrider 2012 calendar, as one of my photos at the Bo' was selected.