Ian Miller: Marine Biologist for American Careers

Ian Miller has a job that he loves.  Miller works for the non profit Surfrider Foundation, and while it may seem that he gets paid to surf all day, he actually works to protect the ocean.  

The organization (http://www.surfrider.org) was founded in 1984.  Currently it has over 40,000 members across the globe.  

"Our contribution to local communities," Miller says, "is to work to improve water quality making coasts healthier places for both people and animals, to improve beach access so that we can get to the beach for a walk, a swim or a surf, and to organize beach clean-ups so that beaches are nice places to be."

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Going Where the Action Is

For action photographers like Lake Oswego resident Jason Murray, riding a jet ski in high surf while carrying 20 pounds of camera gear always includes the risk of capsizing and being hit by other watercraft and surfers. So sometimes, Murray will use a small boat instead.  But there are never any guarantees that all will go as planned, Murray says — like the time his boat engine stalled at a major surfing competition while 5,000 spectators looked on.

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Surf Contest Makes Waves on Central Oregon Coast

Jason Garding, the primary organizer for the event, held the event as a benefit for a grade school water club. One unusual aspect of the Team Cup was the four person teams used for the contest. Usually in surf contests, surfers are competing as solo competitors, against the other surfers in the water. In the Team Cup, surfers were organized into teams, and surfed cooperatively. Teams were made up of employees from varied Oregon surf stores, and surf related companies. Jason describes the event. “You had to get all four surfers on the team to score at least one decent score per heat. After you get a good wave, you’re better off rooting your teammates into a few. If you’re sitting on a solid six-point wave you’re probably not going to improve on that much. It’s better to make sure your buddy, who may only have a 3, improve his score.”

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