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SURFAID

 

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MARINE CONSERVATION INSTITUE

 

ted-sierra-woman.jpg   Ted and daughter, Sierra, with Sylvia Earle of the Marine Conservation Institute.
 

MORRO BAY HIGH SCHOOL CERAMICS CLASS

 

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Ted volunteers his time, experience and enthusiasm to the MBHS Ceramics class, assisting Ms. Osborne and inspiring students to create freely. During the 2013-14 school year, this wonderful and spirited ‘surfboard’ sculpture (right) was the result of the students’ efforts under his guidance and was displayed in galleries and businesses. For the 2014-15 school year, Ted mentored another talented group with more artful results, (above). In 2016, Ted teamed with the MBHS Ceramics students for a Cow Parade SLO entry, (below.) Ted encourages teens to approach all endeavors, (arts, science, engineering, math, etc) with imagination and creativity.

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FUNDRAISER EVENT TROPHIES

 

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Ted has donated his art to many good causes over many years, including these custom-designed art glass trophies for Surfing For Hope: Benefit for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center (above & lower right), Wine, Waves & Beyond Longboard Surf Contest: Benefit for AmpSurf (left) and The Rock 'N Soccer Beach Tournament: Morro Bay High School Soccer Program Fundraiser (below).

 

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ART LEGACY & NATIVE PLANT GARDEN PROJECT for BAYWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


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Ted volunteered as the artist-in-residence for this Art Legacy Project, which encouraged students to give new life to discarded items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Students artfully embedded their recycled objects in concrete pavers to be later installed in the school's Native Plant Garden, established as part of a Roots & Shoots project (through the Jane Goodall Institute.)

 

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ALTERNATIVE FUELS:  BeGREEN RV PROJECT

 

 

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Ted converted the diesel engine of this Scotty RV (aka 'The BeGreen RV") to run on clean-burning vegetable oil. He took students on a 3,000 mile round trip, having them assist in the reclamation and filtering of discarded cooking oil from restaurants along their route. The students also logged data and calculated how many tons of CO2 were prevented from entering the atmosphere as a result of their alternative fuel efforts.

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AMP SURF


You know I never thought about it much. And I'll never be able to condone why our country goes to war. But a few years ago I was about to paddle out at a heavy surf spot in Big Sur. It was one of those days that made most surfers pucker. Solid over head thundering surf, the kind that makes one tun boulders rumble underwater and grind the rocky shore as they are tossed over smaller two hundred pound cobblestones.

Like most veterans surfers, I was scrambling over rocks to make it around the cove for a somewhat safer paddle out.

Just then I watched a one leg man, carry his board straight out and into the heart of the beast. No cove, no safety net, just a blunt attack . His prosthetic leg had no grip on the rocks and the waves slammed him helplessly against the slimy moss covered boulders. I dropped my board and started to make the treacherous path to save this pore soul. Just Then I saw a set coming and I thought we were both done for. Much to my amazement the one leg man used the upcoming surge to scrap up on his board and plunge into the oncoming waves. You ask me, it was like seeing a train wreck about to happen.

He made it out before me, and when I did finally made it out I was speechless. Maybe because the waves had some serious consequences, or maybe I was just a little shell shocked.

I've been making surf trophies to benefit AMP surf for four or five years now. I surf with that guy I saw at Big Sur and think what courage, what life, what style. I have not told him what a difference and impression he has made in my life. I can't imaging what a sacrifice our vets have made. I hope by creating these trophies in some way I can appreciating their strengths and courage. I want to thank the Owner and staff at the Cliff Hotel for recognizing this same inspiration of life and supporting AMP surf every year. We do not just support or vets, we are inspired by there strengths to overcome.

To my buddies at Amp surf. Live large.

 

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