Los Angeles Chapter

One Watershed


One Watershed is a program that connect inner-city youth to nature through surfing. One Watershed is anchored in the enjoyment element of Surfrider’s mission. Enjoyment for us isn’t about the individual scoring their own waves. Enjoyment is about the collective. The community. How we come together to share what we love, the sheer joy of surfing and playing in the sea.


If you’ve seen Surfrider’s Cycle of Insanity, you know the mismanagement of water is destroying watersheds. No matter where we live, everything we do has an impact downstream. This is as true in life as it is in the environment. For better or worse, our actions impact the people and environment around us every day. We have a choice every moment of every day to contribute something positive to the world. This is at the heart of One Watershed.

One Watershed events are held in the summer and early fall on LA County beaches. To date, Surfrider LA has introduced surfing to over 200 kids. We partner with our friends at Aqua Surf School who provide equipment and professional instruction to youth participants who join us from all over Los Angeles.


By connecting young people to the ocean environment and helping them to foster a healthy relationship with their local beach, we hope to inspire a new generation of ocean conservationists who understand the importance of our coastal resources and the need to protect them.

Contact us if you’d like to participate in an upcoming One Watershed event.