For Our Oceans, Waves and Beaches.

With nearly 70 miles of coastline to protect, our chapter is one of the largest and most active 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.

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Beach and Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach Case

On Friday, December 9, 2016, San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Casserly issued a ruling in the Beach and Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach Case.

The Surfrider Foundation and its San Diego Chapter sees the ruling to uphold 5 major provisions of the 7 provisions challenged as a huge vindication of the efforts by the City of Solana Beach, California Coastal Commission (CCC) and the Surfrider Foundation to deal with the debilitating impacts of seawalls and development on beach access and recreation.

To learn more about this lawsuit, click here

Surfrider San Diego receives grant from the San Diego Foundation

The San Diego County Chapter was recently awarded $25,000 by the San Diego Foundation to support it’s Carbon Connection Project. This is a vital community project since few local climate action plans comprehensively address the important nexus between water and energy, to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change to water resources.

Thank you San Diego Foundation for your support in protecting our Ocean, waves and beaches!

Learn more about the SD Foundation Grant here!

Trestles Saved!

11 years ago the first throng of Save Trestles supporters showed up at a Parks and Recreation Commission hearing to speak out against a six-lane toll road that was proposed to cut through San Onofre State Beach—irreparably harming the park and surrounding watershed.

Today, we celebrate the victory that is saving Trestles forever.  Thank you to everyone who put in extensive amounts of time, energy and effort to making this dream a reality and preserving our beautiful coastline.  Trestles Saved! Forever!

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The plastic bag is banned!

After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, the California Bag Ban passed its referendum vote!   With the landmark passage of Proposition 67 on November 8th 2016, single-use plastic shopping bags are banned in California!

The California electorate has upheld the nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban with the California law.

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Safeguard CA's underwater treasures!

There is an exciting effort underway to protect nine seamounts, ridges and banks off of the coast of California; where less than 1% of these federal waters are currently protected. Check out our blog post to learn more. To show your support, sign the petition to federal leaders here.



Protect & Enjoy

We ensure clean water, healthy ocean and coastlines and accessible beaches for all to enjoy by finding lasting solutions to the threats our ocean faces.

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In 2015, 7,360 volunteers removed 9,825 pounds of debris during beach cleanups in coastal areas of San Diego, capturing it before it could pollute the ocean.

Hear about our other accomplishments during 2015 in this video, and click the link below to read about our victories in previous years.

Our Victories



Ocean Friendly Restaurants in Tijuana!

Did you know that Tijuana has 12 certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants? Last year, our chapter partnered with Tijuana-based environmental non-profit PFEA (Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental) to assist their launch of Restaurante Amigo Del Mar, which is mirrored...

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California Bag Ban FAQ’s & Ensuring Stores Are Compliant

Since election day, we’ve been fielding lots of questions about California’s historic plastic bag ban.  Here is some information which aims to answer these questions. First, CLICK HERE here for a Prop 67 FAQ from Californians Against Waste.  It covers the basics, and...

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