Surfers raising awareness, funds with 500-mile trek

Friends riding 500 miles down California coast

Bike & Surf California buddies Mike Conway and Dr. Scott Paynton.

As surfers, Mike Conway and his friend Dr. Scott Paynton are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact all surfers have as they drive up and down the California coast looking for surf.


As a result, Conway and Paynton are spending two weeks this May, bicycling 500 miles and down the coast of California from Fort Bragg to Santa Barbara, to surf in an environmentally friendly way. Through the journey, they hope to bring attention to environmental issues that face our coast. They will be self-sufficient on the trip, carrying all of their gear and towing their boards behind their bikes. All of their surf gear is made from the latest in sustainable materials.

If raising environmental awareness was not enough to accomplish in two weeks, they are also raising money for the American Cancer Society by participating in Humboldt County’s Relay for Life event. Given that human activities not only impact the environment, but have also been shown to harm human health, they are asking friends, family and those they meet on their journey to donate money for each mile they ride, or to pledge a flat amount.

In part, their efforts are to raise money in honor of Mike’s father who passed away last year from cancer. They will then participate in the Relay for Life event in July where they will give 100 percent of the money raised.


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