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News Update: April 6, 2004


Newly Released  SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie  DVD Features Surfrider Segment

San Clemente, CA (April 5, 2005) -  He lives in a pineapple under the sea, and thanks to him, the Surfrider Foundation will be finding its way into hundreds of new homes this summer.  Yes, we are talking about SpongeBob Squarepants.

Paramount Home Video has just released SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie on DVD.  Included in the DVD's bonus content is a brief four minute segment called "Saving Our Surf," which highlights the work of the Surfrider Foundation and its ongoing effortd to protect and preserve the world's beaches and coastlines.  The segment, which features commentary by Surfer's Journal publisher Steve Pezman, along with Surfrider' Foundation's Chad Nelsen and Matt McClain, focuses on such beach and coastal issues as water quality degradation and sand loss.

"Not only was this project a ton of fun, but it represents an incredible opportunity for us to continue getting our message out to kids and families across the country," said Surfrider Foundation's Interim Executive Director Michelle Kremer. 

Kremer praised SpongeBob Squarepants creator and former marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg for commitment in incorporating ocean and beach environmental messaging to the movie, as well as the staff at Sherman Oaks-based Light Source & Imagery for producing the Saving Our Surf segment.

The DVD also contains a segment which features world-renown ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of the legendary Jaques Cousteau) introducing a several examples of the marine life that inspired the movie's characters.

The SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie DVD is on sale now at retailers across the country.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Foundation now maintains over 40,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.  For more information or to join the Surfrider Foundation, visit us at

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