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Yesterday a premiere indie rocker took to the waves to take on two issues that play a big role in her life: her music and the oceans. The pretty young thing’s album Hello debuted this past April on Virgin Records. She’s a master in finger-picked acoustic guitar, and she wowed us with her subtle tribute to the country-blues and folk of the 60s and 70s.
Singer/songerwriter and guitarist Tristan Prettyman  teamed up with the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project  and the Surfrider Foundation , kicking off a four-beach tour in Montauk, N.Y. Each year over 25,000 beaches are closed or deemed unfit for visitation. The Surfrider Foundation encourages beach cleanups across the country to help keep our beaches barefoot friendly (Surfrider draws celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Minnie Driver, Tom Hanks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, and new boy band Varsity Fan Club ). Beach-cleanups will follow in Austin (Town Lake), Texas, San Francisco (Ocean Beach), Calif., and for the fourth beach, America will vote. Go here  to vote for your choice. After joining in the cleanup Tristan gave a special performance, as did hip-hop blues musician G. Love (of G. Love and Special Sauce).
We know that celebs are often bombarded by charities to join their causes, so we caught up with the lovely songstress to find out what made her come aboard this one. It turns out that she grew up in San Diego in a family of surfers. She learned to surf at age 11, even before she picked up a guitar (age 15) or started writing songs (age 18).
At her high school, she was able to go surfing for her physical education credit. When the waves were too rough to surf, Tristan and her friends would fill bags with trash to get their credit. “It was just a little rule when you come to the beach,” Tristan told us, “You leave the beach cleaner than when you come. I would always stuff my suit with wrappers, anything. Everything little bit helps.”
So when Surfrider approached Tristan a few months ago to become involved it was a match made in heaven. She had finally found her cause. “Even if you don’t live by a beach,” she says, “Lakes, waterways, everything is affected. Anyone can get involved.”
And what's Tristan’s advice for finding your own cause? “Look out for things that catch your attention,” she says. “Find something that captures your heart. That’s how we can make a difference.”