Dustin Barca has galvanized island community into action
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 October, 2013 : – – Surfer Magazine announces Hawai’i SEED as the 2013 Surfer Poll Agent of Change award recipient and beneficiary of VIP table sales. The prestigious award will be presented on Dec. 6, 2013 at the 43rd annual event honoring surfing’s best athletes, films, and performances of the year. Fans can watch the show via webcast at Surferpoll.com, when it airs live from Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O’ahu during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Each year, the Agent of Change award recognizes an individual or organization making a difference in the surfing community. Hawai’i SEED is the recipient of the sixth inaugural award with predecessors including Jack Shimko and Paddle2Live (2012), Operation Amped (2011), the Mauli Ola Foundation (2010), Dr. Dave Jenkins for his work with SurfAid International (2009), and Dave Rastovich for Surfers for Cetaceans (2008).
Hawai‘i SEED is a non-profit organization and coalition of grassroots groups, farmers, activists, and communities from five islands working to educate the public about the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms (GMOs) and to promote diverse, local, healthy, and ecologically sound food and farming.
“This year we are honored to be able to support the efforts of Hawaii SEED and acknowledge their efforts over the past year,” says SURFER Publisher Tony Perez. “Hawaii SEED has fought to bring awareness about the threat of GMOs and fight for tighter legislation in Hawaii.”
Hawai’i SEED works in conjunction with outer-island organizations and plans to use this donation to further the work being done by ‘Ohana ’O Kaua’i, a group of local residents committed to activating community involvement and dedicated to restoring the voice of the people to preserve and protect Kaua’i’s environment.
“The Agent of Change is such a prestigious award,” says Mary Lacques from Hawai’i SEED, “and hopefully this award will help grow the awareness of Kaua’i’s struggles in an international way. ‘Ohana ‘O Kaua’i works tirelessly to educate residents, visitors, and often times the international community about the threats to Kaua’i’s cultural and natural resources.
As a founding member of ‘Ohana ‘O Kaua’i, Dustin Barca has galvanized his island community into positive action by being the conduit for this collective voice—always with aloha and the grace and humble spirit of a warrior dedicated to a lifelong struggle to protect his ocean home. This award will be an incredible boost to continue these educational efforts.”
“As a recognizable member of the surfing community, Dustin Barca has done tremendous work to bring these issues to the forefront of the surf world,” says Tony Perez. “We are happy to recognize him, as well as all the work being done by ‘Ohana O’ Kaua’i. There is a long road ahead for these groups, and we will continue to support them on their road to victory.”
Voting for the 2013 SURFER Poll is still live through Nov. 1, 2013 at Surferpoll.com or by using the voting widget at Surfermag.com. The 43rd annual SURFER Poll Awards will take place Dec. 6, 2013, at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’I, during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Attendance is by invitation only, but the event will stream live to the world at Surferpoll.com beginning at 7 pm HST (9 pm PST, 12 am EST).