Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.
Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. SurfriderLA protects 31 miles of coastline from County Line to Ballona Creek and Inland.
Armed with a model to defend the coast, the organization has a record of 436 victories (and counting) since 2006.- tackling plastic pollution, addressing poor water quality and opening locked gates so everyone can enjoy the beach. We see what is on the horizon and it’s not looking good. At Surfrider, we take a “not on our watch” approach. There are numerous threats to clean water and healthy beaches, including polluted runoff, offshore oil drilling, habitat loss, development, climate change, plastic in the ocean and trash on the shore. Will you chip in to protect your favorite beach?
2017 was a banner year for the Surfrider Foundation. Our grassroots network achieved 50 coastal victories to protect our ocean, waves, and beaches, one of the most successful years in Surfrider’s storied history. These victories tackled a range of coastal threats – from seawalls to plastic pollution to sewage overflows to oil terminals – and are a testament to the power of citizen activism.
Filled with times of uncertainty, it hasn’t been easy. The Surfrider Foundation’s long-term success and growth is a tribute to its founders vision, that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can be won. And the key to this is what makes the organization unique…
Protect what you love today, tomorrow and for generations to come.