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Protect Our Winters and Surfrider Foundation Partner with Pro Athletes

Effort focuses on increasing voter turnout within action sports community

(Pacific Palisades, Calif.) – With voter turnout a major issue in the 2012 election, Protect Our Winters (POW) and the Surfrider Foundation have asked professional skiers, snowboarders and surfers to remind their respective communities to get out and vote.

Twelve pro athletes such as Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Shea Lopez and Gretchen Bleiler have all submitted personal video clips asking people to remember to get out and vote on November 6th.

“Do your part to protect the environment and get and vote, because every vote counts,” says professional skier Chris Davenport.

“Climate Change is effecting our oceans… and if you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” adds pro surfer Torrey Meister.

“This is a critical election for the environment,” explains Chris Steinkamp, Executive Director for Protect Our Winters. “It’s just so important that everyone who can vote, takes a few minutes to do it. We spend the entire year fighting for key environmental issues and this is our opportunity to be active participants to create the change we’re seeking. And we know that having pro athletes deliver that message can be really impactful.”

Between now and Election Day, the goal of POW and Surfrider is to distribute these as widely as possible throughout the action sports community to remind people to get out and vote for the environment.

Chris Davenport:

Gretchen Bleiler:

Travis Rice:

Jeremy Jones:

Ingrid Backstrom:

Forrest Shearer:

Chanelle Sladics:

Ralph Backstrom:

Caroline Gleich:

Shea Lopez:

Nick Rozsa:

Torrey Meister:

About Protect Our Winters
Protect Our Winters is the environmental center point of the winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities. With over 40,000 supporters worldwide, POW re-invests contributions in educational initiatives, activism and supporting community-based initiatives that have tangible results. For more information, visit

About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit