Isla Vista Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics team has been busy this year partnering with the Santa Barbara Chapter and Ocean Friendly Restaurants to help make local restaurants more environmentally conscious. RAP has been especially focused on working with Isla Vista restaurants to reduce their plastic straw usage and instead promote reusable metal straws. They have also fundraised by selling metal straws to Isla Vista residents and working to educate the community on the environmental damage caused by single-use plastics. Surfrider has also been working diligently to organize the annual Concert for the Coast, which will feature live music and local vendors committed to protecting the coast.