Surfrider Foundation

Overview

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Now in its 25th year, the Surfrider Foundation has grown from a small group of dedicated surfers in Malibu, California to a global movement made up of over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. 

Mission

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

History

Since its inception in 1984 in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation has proven to be an effective grassroots environmental organization. The Foundation has over 50,000 members (in the U.S.), is represented by 60 national chapters dispersed along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican and Hawaiian coasts, and has branches in 5 foreign countries.

What makes Surfrider Foundation unique is its membership made up of surfers, swimmers, divers, bodyboarders, kayakers and beach enthusiasts from all walks of life. Surfrider Foundation members have proven to be powerful spokespeople and caretakers of the ocean environment which they treasure.

Program

We have identified seven Strategic Goals to move Surfrider toward this Vision:
• Stop human interruption of natural beach processes
• Improve coastal water quality
• Ensure healthy coastal ocean ecosystems
• Protect waves
• Secure universal, low-impact beach access
• Motivate a global movement of care for the coasts
• Attain our vision through chapter-based activism

Impact

Since its inception in 1984 in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation has proven to be an effective grassroots environmental organization. The Foundation has over 50,000 members (in the U.S.), is represented by 60 national chapters dispersed along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican and Hawaiian coasts, and has branches in 5 foreign countries.

What makes Surfrider Foundation unique is its membership made up of surfers, swimmers, divers, bodyboarders, kayakers and beach enthusiasts from all walks of life. Surfrider Foundation members have proven to be powerful spokespeople and caretakers of the ocean environment which they treasure.

Just a Few of Surfrider's Many Accomplishments
Winning the second largest Clean Water Act suit in American history in 1991, brought against two pulp mills in Humboldt County that were charged with over 40,000 violations of the law.

Successfully blocking a marina which would have destroyed historic natural wetlands as well as miles of sandy coast at Bolsa Chica, CA.

Preventing an Imperial Beach, CA breakwater and a Seal Beach, CA breakwater which would have degraded water quality, eliminated surf and destroyed miles of pristine coastline.

Gaining approval of the federal BEACH Act in 2000 to require a uniform national water quality monitoring, reporting and beach posting program.

Getting the Orange County Sanitation District in California to agree to drop their Clean Water Action Section 301(h) waiver and stop the ocean discharge of 240 million gallons per day of partially treated sewage.

Winning a lawsuit against Chevron Oil Company in El Segundo, California that represents the first time a government ag

Goals 

The Surfrider Foundation’s Strategic Plan began over 22 years ago with the inception of the Surfrider Foundation itself. Since that day on a Malibu beach, our work has been guided by a strategic vision.

The following Plan carries the Surfrider vision through 2010, and it is the result of a significant amount of public input from literally thousands of people. In preparing this plan, we took the following steps: conducted our largest-ever membership survey; hosted an “EcoSurf Summit” for key CEOs, environmental leaders and activists; and interviewed over 60 “stakeholders,” including Chapter leaders, environmentalists, funders, current and past Board members, our International Affiliates and all of our National staff.

CEO

Jim Moriarty, CEO, is an avid surfer, entrepreneur and innovator. Moriarty has more than 15 years management experience in corporate start-ups, specializing in e-learning, e-commerce, infrastructure software, and business-to-business ventures. He lives with his wife and two children in Solana Beach, CA, where he is also active leading and mentoring high school students on surfing and home-building trips to the Baja Peninsula. He brings to the position a wealth of international, fundraising and team-building experience that translate to leading the Surfrider Foundation. Jim holds a B.S. in Information Systems from The Ohio State University, and has had speaking engagements in the US, Europe, Australia and Latin America. His home break is Cardiff Reef. Read Jim's OceansWavesBeaches blog.

Board

Please see
http://www.surfrider.org/boardofdirectors.asp

Countries 

Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, El Salvador, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, United Kingdom

States 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Virgin Islands of the U.S.

Contact

PO BOX 6010
SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92674-6010
Phone: (949)492-8170
www.surfrider.org
EIN: 95-3941826

 


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