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    Posted June 27, 2010 by
    Malibu, California

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    Laird Hamilton... Hands Across The Sand: Malibu & Santa Monica


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Pixel told me, 'Laird lives locally, in Malibu, and in Hawaii. He was able to go to the Gulf and see the coast line for himself. He went from sadness to anger at seeing the magnitude of the devastation.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I went to Hands Across the Sand in Santa Monica and Malibu California. People joined hands to symbolize  their  united front to protect marine wildlife, oceans, and coastal economies.

    This movement comes at a profound time. The crisis in the Gulf Coast has had an impact that is irreversible... and continues to destroy wildlife and impact peoples lives. People wore black to symbolize the tar balls that are being washed to shore along the gulf coast.  I spoke with Stefanie Sekich in Santa Monica. Stefanie said,"They were drawing a physical line in the sand to bring awareness to the dangers of offshore drilling". There were over 400 hundred people in Santa Monica and over 100 people in Malibu.
    I was able to speak with Laird Hamilton in Malibu.  Laird Hamilton is legendary for  his fearless ability to ride 70ft waves. and his love of the ocean. An environmental activist, Laird recently went with his wife  Gabby Reece  to the Gulf. Laird was profoundly affected by what they saw. He went down to Surfrider beach in Malibu to help support Hands Across the Sand and Surfrider Foundation.  Laird said,' there is a certain amount of helplessness you feel when you  see the magnitude of whats happened" We must all get involved.
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