PADDLE with a purpose: Stop Fracking


Chadd Konig. Photo by Erin Feinblatt Photography.

SURFER chadd konig paddles 300 miles DOWN cA coast to raise awareness ABOUT fracking

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Just a few years after his 315 mile paddle from Santa Barbara, CA to Mexico to raise awareness about an Orange County developer's plan to build 71 mansions at Naples, Santa Barbara surfer turned activist, Chadd Konig, returns to the water with a new focus. Teaming up with EDC and our crucial work to establish regulations on fracking at a local, state, and federal level, Konig has taken off on another 300 mile journey from Santa Cruz, CA to Santa Barbara. The adventure is being documented by photographer Chris Burkard and videographer Branden Aroyan for a few different media outlets.

Konig's hope is to increase public awareness about fracking through his outreach and he will direct people to sign a petition to the lead agency who oversees hydraulic fracking in California, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. DOGGR does not currently regulate hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). DOGGR's failure to act has put the health of our citizens and our environment at risk.


The coastline between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara is home to some of the most magical and raw landscapes, sea life and nature California has to offer. Chadd Konig will be traveling down the coast on a “prone/knee paddle board” exploring, enjoying and documenting the beauty of the coastline, many regions of which are only accessible by water.

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