mission andhistory

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

You can think about that as three concepts. “Protection and enjoyment”, we don’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We are surfers, we are beach goers, we are watermen and women, but perhaps most of all we enjoy the coasts. We’re a user group. Next up is “oceans, waves and beaches.” Think coastlines, we are engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines. “Powerful activist network” speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We are local in many coastal regions throughout the world.

The organization was started in 1984, by a group of visionary surfers from Malibu, California. Today, the organization maintains over 250,000 members, supporters and activists with 84 chapters in the United States and affiliates in over 20 countries worldwide. Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates are now established throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Jamaica and Morocco. Our global headquarters is based in San Clemente, California.

Globally, Surfrider is involved in a variety of programs aimed at protecting our coastal ecosystems, based on the parameters outlined in our mission statement. Our campaigns and programs are developed to support our strategic goals and initiatives: Clean Water, Beach Access, Beach Preservation, and Protecting Special Places.

With nearly 70 miles of coastline to protect, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters in the world.  We are a grassroots organization, which means the people working to protect our local oceans, waves and beaches are volunteers who care about San Diego and want to make a difference.

We strive to be a strong voice in the community, and we are even stronger when we have more voices, so if you are interested in getting more involved, we encourage you to do so.  Your local beach and break deserve your input and Surfrider Foundation is the perfect vehicle for your voice.  Even if you don’t have a lot of time to help, simply joining really helps our cause.  Our oceans, waves and beaches need your help!

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter is currently engaged in the following programs: Beach Cleanups, Rise Above Plastics, Hold On To Your Butt, No Border Sewage, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Know Your H2O, and Beach Preservation.

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