Oregon Coastal Culture w/ Matt Love

Beach forts are the name of the game on the Oregon Coast

On this episode of the Next Swell, Rob Nixon speaks with Matt Love, a coastal beach advocate in the great state of Oregon - one of the states with a powerful open beaches tradition and the legal framework to back it up.  Matt is the author/editor of 19 books about Oregon, teaches writing workshops, writes grants for various nonprofit organizations, and counsels aspiring authors. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature.  Join Rob and Matt and take a trip to the Pacific Northwest and one of the greatest places on the American Shoreline.

Rob Nixon

Born and bred in Texas for better and worse, Rob grew up around his father, a pioneering FBI Agent and Texas Ranger, who instilled in him the Texas ethos of doing what is right and standing up for what you believe. He spent every summer in a small trailer with his family on the beaches of Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. In 2005, his beloved park was threatened by development that would have destroyed the lifestyle that generations of South Texas Families had enjoyed in camping at the beach. He became an accidental Activist and became a founding member of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Since that time, he has built the South Texas Chapter into a well respected Community and Environmental Organization utilizing the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network. In any issue that he is involved in his only thought is, "I want to look into my boys eyes when they get older and be able to say to them that I did everything in my power to protect and preserve our beaches and your right to enjoy them."